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Nigerian senator in UK court over organ-harvesting plot

Ike Ekweremadu

A prominent Nigerian senator has appeared in court in London for a second time charged with arranging to bring a child to the UK for organ donation.

Ike Ekweremadu, who is 60, stood in the dock wearing a grey tracksuit and holding a bible.

He was told his case would next be heard at Westminster Magistrates Court on 7 July.

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Part of the alleged offence was committed abroad and as a result the consent of the attorney general is required for the case to continue.

No bail application was made and Ekweremadu will remain in custody.

He faces a charge of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person for exploitation under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

His wife Beatrice, 55, is charged with arranging or facilitating the travel of another person for exploitation and will appear in court later due to a delay in her transport from prison.

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Earlier this week the Nigerian Immigration Authority denied the victim was a child.

Nigeria’s Comptroller General, Idriss Jerre, said the victim’s birth certificate and National Identity Number, which were presented during registration for his passport, showed that he was 21 years old.

In response, the Metropolitan Police in the UK said the child was 15.

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