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2 Nigerians charged in UK over alleged organ harvesting plan

LONDON – British police on Thursday charged two Nigerians, including a politician, with conspiring to bring a child to the UK for the purpose of organ harvesting.

Ike Ekweremadu, a 60-year-old district senator and lawyer, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, are charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person for the purpose of exploitation, “namely the organ harvesting”.

The two suspects appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in west London on Thursday. They confirmed they were residing in Nigeria and were remanded in custody until they are due in court again on July 7, the BBC reported.

The Metropolitan Police said a child had been brought to safety.

The force said detectives launched an investigation after being alerted to possible modern slavery offenses in May.

Ike Ekweremadu was recently appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln in northern England.

Ike Ekweremadu is a former Deputy Speaker of the Senate of Nigeria.
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A university spokesperson said visiting professors “are often, as is the case in this case, non-resident at the university, unpaid and advisory.”

“We are deeply concerned about the nature of these allegations, but as this is an active police investigation, we cannot comment further at this stage,” the spokesperson said.

2 Nigerians charged in UK over alleged organ harvesting plan
Ike Ekweremadu is seen at the funeral of Nigerian secessionist leader Odumegwu Ojukwu.
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