An Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in the United Kingdom has denied bail to Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, and Beatrice, his wife, who were arrested over attempted harvesting of organs.
Daily Trust had reported how the Metropolitan Police arrested the Nigerian couple over an attempt to harvest the organ of an unidentified child.
When he was arraigned on Thursday, the court refused to grant him bail but ordered that he should be remanded till July 7.
In a statement confirming the arrest, the Metropolitan Police had said the pair were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.
According to ARISE TV, the prosecutors at the court said the Ekweremadus were being charged for bringing a 15-year-old boy from Nigeria to the UK with the claim that he was to be given a better life but they were actually meant to harvest his organ.
The prosecutors told the court that the former Deputy Senate President procured a passport for the boy and claimed he was 21 years old but discovered that he was 15 years old.
The prosecutors were also said to have told the court that the Ekweremadus have a daughter who has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis for quite some time. They told the court that it is believed that the plan was to use an organ from the boy on their daughter who appears to need a kidney transplant.
Ekweremadu and his wife had separate legal representations and prayed the court to release them on bail but their prayer was however dismissed by the Magistrate.
The couple has surrendered their passports to the UK government.