Organ Trafficking: UK Court Grants Ekweremadu’s Wife Bail
Mrs. Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, Wife of Nigerian senator, Ike Ekweremadu has been granted bail in the United Kingdom following accusations of plotting to traffic a homeless man into the UK to harvest a kidney for her daughter.
Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, alongside her husband Ike Ekweremadu, 60, allegedly trafficked the 21-year-old to London from Nigeria in order to harvest his organ.
The couple was accused of plotting to traffic the homeless young man to transplant his organs to their daughter who suffers from kidney failure. They were arrested in the UK on 21 June after flying into Heathrow from Turkey.
Dailymail UK reports that Ekweremadu, a lawyer and former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, and Beatrice, an accountant, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday for a bail hearing.
Ekweremadu was however denied bail the second time.
Beatrice is charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, between August 1 last year and May 5, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Ike is charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
The Common Serjeant of London, judge Richard Marks, said: ‘The position is that I have granted bail to Beatrice subject to some fairly stringent conditions but I have refused bail to Ike.’
The couple are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 4 August.