2 Nigerians charged in UK over alleged organ harvesting plan


LONDON (TSTIME) — British police on Thursday charged a man and a woman with conspiracy to bring a child to the United Kingdom in order to harvest organs.

London Metropolitan Police say Nigerian nationals Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, are charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person for the purpose of exploitation, “namely the removal of organs”.

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They are being held and are due to appear in a London court later Thursday.

Police said a child had been brought to safety.

The force said detectives launched an investigation after being alerted to possible modern slavery offenses in May.

The suspects share the names and ages of a former Deputy Speaker of the Nigerian Senate and his wife. The former vice president of the Senate’s office had no immediate comment.

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