By Teide Emomotimi
The former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Ekweremadu were arrested in London over alleged child trafficking.
The couple was arraigned in Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, but their bail was denied as the case was adjourned to July 7.
Congress learnt that the London Metropolitan Police earlier on Thursday arrested and charged the duo for conspiring to bring a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
Meanwhile, the duo pleaded not guilty to the charges at the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, according to a Daily Mail report.
“These are serious allegations and these matters are now adjourned until 7 July, to return here at Uxbridge,” Magistrate Lois Sheard added.
Ms Sheard remanded both defendants in custody ahead of their hearing next month.
The police, however, stated, “the child involved in the matter has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.”
A source who spoke to Channels Television and did not want his name in print said Ekweremadu’s child had been suffering from kidney disease and needed a transplant.
According to the source, a donor was gotten and sent to the UK for the investigation to provide a kidney.
However, the source said the kidney did not match that of Ekweremadu’s child.Subsequently, the donor was scheduled to return to Nigeria.
It was learnt that the donor refused to return to Nigeria, and instead reported to the UK police to seek asylum.