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Two charged with child organ-harvesting conspiracy Nigerian politician and wife charged with child organ-harvesting plot
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Two people have been charged with conspiring to transport a child into the UK in order to harvest organs. Ike Ekweremadu has been charged
Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both Nigerian nationals, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court later. A top Nigerian senator and his wife have been identified as the couple charged in London with a child organ-harvesting plot.
Police said a child had been safeguarded and officers were working with partners on continued support. Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, both Nigerian nationals, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court later.
The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential modern slavery offences. Mr Ekweremadu's spokesperson confirmed to BBC Igbo that the senator had been charged in the UK over the case.
The charges follow an inquiry by the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime team. A child of unknown age has been taken into care.
The couple have been charged with conspiring to transport a child into the UK in order to harvest organs.
Mr Ekweremadu served three terms as Nigeria's deputy president of the Senate, from 2007 to 2019.
The lawyer and politician has been a senator since 2003 and belongs to the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP).
The investigation began when detectives were alerted to potential modern day slavery offences.
Charges follow an inquiry by the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Team.
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