Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, were denied bail in the United Kingdom by the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court.
The senator and his wife were arrested and charged on Thursday with conspiracy to bring a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The charges were made following an investigation by the police specialized crime unit, according to the UK Metropolitan Police.
The probe was alleged to have begun last month after officers identified suspected violations of modern slavery regulations.
A statement by MET police reads: “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 charges follow an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime team.
“[A] 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.
“[B] 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.
“The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
“A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.
“As criminal proceedings are now underway we will not be providing further details.”
The Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court has adjourned the case till July 7, 2022.