Senator Ike Ekweremadu is due to appear in court with charged that conspiring to bring a child to the UK to harvest their organs, the Met Police say.
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a district senator and lawyer, has been charged alongside a second defendant, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, with conspiracy to arrange and/or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
Both have been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday (23 June), the Metropolitan Police said.
The child – whose age is unknown – has been taken into care.
The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022, the force said.
Ike Ekweremadu is a Nigerian politician and lawyer, who has served in the Senate of Nigeria since 2003 and was the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate.
In 2017 a former Nigerian government minister claimed that migrants from his country were having their organs harvested after being sold into slavery.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a onetime aviation minister in Nigeria, claimed that 75 per cent of slaves who have their organs harvested in North Africa are from his country.
The Cambridge University-educated lawyer added that the victims have their ‘bodies mutilated’ and are ‘roasted like suya [shish kebabs]’. He went on: ‘Roasted alive! This is what Libyans do to sub-Saharan Africans who are looking for a transit point to Europe.
‘They sell them into slavery and either murder, mutilate, torture or work them to death.’