Nigeria’s top senator and his wife have been charged in the United Kingdom on suspicion of a plot to take a child to the country for organ removal.
Metropolitan Police Department in London Said Ike Ekwellemadu, 60, and his wife Beatrice Nuwanneka Ekwellemadu, 55, were charged Thursday and will appear in the Magistrates’ Court in Uxbridge later that day.
Police said an age-unspecified child was taken care of.
Both couples have been charged with “exploitation, a plot to arrange / promote the travel of others for the purpose of organ removal.”
Ike Ekweremadu served as Vice President of the Nigerian Senate for three terms from 2007 to 2019.
He has been a Senator since 2003 and is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He recently became a visiting professor at Lincoln University.
A university spokesman said:
“We are deeply concerned about the nature of these allegations, but since this is an active police investigation, we cannot comment further at this stage.”
Police say criminal proceedings are currently underway and will not provide further details.
The accusation was made under the Modern Slavery Act, which was introduced only last month.
British lawmakers have also recently passed a law aimed at preventing British people from participating in forced organ removal as organ recipients.
Modifications to new ones in the UK Health and care bill According to Health Minister Edward Arger, paying for the supply of organs, trying to find someone who is willing to supply the organs for payment, or initiating or negotiating such a commercial arrangement outside the UK British residents are criminalized.
The amendment was promoted by a backbencher who revealed that it was primarily aimed at organ removal under the Communist regime in China.
On June 17, 2019, an independent People’s Court, the Chinese Court, unanimously agreed that prisoners of conscience were killed in China “on a considerable scale” because of their organs, and were followers of Spiritual Practice Falun Gong. I concluded with. It is one of the main sources of organ supply.
The arbitral tribunal released a 160-page report on March 1, 2020, reaffirming its previous conclusions on whether practices in China were suspended as claimed by the communist government. There is no evidence of suspension, and the court is pleased that it continues. “
PA Media and Lily Zhou contributed to this report