A Nigerian senator and his spouse have been remanded in custody in London on Thursday charged with plotting to have a 15-year-old boy introduced into the United Kingdom to reap his organs, police mentioned.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, have been each charged with conspiracy to rearrange journey of one other particular person with a view to exploitation, particularly organ harvesting, police mentioned.
Ekweremadu is an opposition senator within the southern state of Enugu, and in addition a former deputy senate president.
Police mentioned they’d been alerted to the alleged plan following studies manufactured from doable offenses beneath fashionable slavery laws. The youngster concerned has been taken to security and work was beneath method to offer extra help.
The couple appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in London the place the court docket was instructed the kid concerned was a 15-year-old boy, the BBC reported.
The prosecution instructed the court docket that the Attorney General’s consent was required for the case to proceed due to jurisdictional points, the BBC added, and the couple have been remanded in custody till the subsequent court docket look on July 7.
Neither Ekweremadu nor his spouse may very well be reached for remark.