Damilola Aina, Abuja
Daily Courier – An Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in the United Kingdom has denied bail to Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, and Beatrice, his wife, who were arrested over attempted harvesting of organs.
The internet had agog when news broke on how the Metropolitan Police arrested the Nigerian couple over an attempt to harvest the organ of an unidentified child.
Alleged victim in this case is homeless 15 year old boy who was brought to the U.K. by Mr and Mrs Ekweremadu off the streets of Lagos, Nigeria.
When he was arraigned on Thursday, the court refused to grant him bail but ordered that he should be remanded till July 7.
In a statement confirming the arrest, the Metropolitan Police had said the pair were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.
“Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting,” the statement read.
“Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (12.05.62) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting. They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.
“A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.”