Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice will appear in a court in the UK later on Thursday.
Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, have been formally charged with conspiracy to facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
They were taken into custody after an investigation by police, which had been alerted in May 2022 to potential offences under modern slavery legislation.
The lawmaker and his wife, charged with alleged conspiracy to harvest the organs of a child in the United Kingdom, are facing life imprisonment if found guilty and convicted to maximum sentence under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015).
But the Nigerian Senate, which Ekweremadu is still a member, said it will work with Nigeria’s High Commission in the UK to hire a lawyer for his defence.