Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, and Beatrice, his wife, have been arrested in London.
According to the Metropolitan Police, they were arrested and charged with bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The child, whose identity was not disclosed, is reportedly with the Metropolitan Police, while the Ekweremadu and his wife are currently in custody, pending when they would be arraigned at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later.
The Met said the child has been safeguarded. Scotland Yard has not given the gender or the age of the child – or the location of the arrests.
But given the suspects are appearing in court in Uxbridge, it is likely they were held at the nearby Heathrow Airport.
Organ harvesting involves removing parts of the body, often for cash and against the victim’s will.
In a statement, Metropolitan Police said;
A woman and a man were charged today with conspiring to arrange the travel of a child into the UK in order to harvest organs.
The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022, the force said.
In 2017 a former Nigerian government minister claimed that migrants from his country were having their organs harvested after being sold into slavery.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a onetime aviation minister in Nigeria, claimed that 75 per cent of slaves who have their organs harvested in North Africa are from his country.
The Cambridge University-educated lawyer added that the victims have their ‘bodies mutilated’ and are ‘roasted like suya [shish kebabs]’.
He went on;
Roasted alive! This is what Libyans do to sub-Saharan Africans who are looking for a transit point to Europe.