The trial of Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, in the United Kingdom will be decided by the Attorney General of England and Wales within the next two weeks.
Naija News understands that the UK Attorney General, Suella Braverman, will decide if the Ekweremadus would face trial in the country over allegations of human trafficking.
This news platform had earlier reported that Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested in London by the Specialist Crime Team of the UK Metropolitan Police for alleged conspiracy to harvest the organ of a child.
In a statement on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the pair conspired to facilitate the travel of a child to the country in order to harvest the minor’s organ.
The London metropolitan police said they were charged following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.
The police added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
The Ekweremadus were charged to the Uxbridge Magistrates Court on Thursday and remanded in custody until July 7 pending further investigation.
During their arraignment, the crown prosecutor, Damla Ayas, told the court that part of the allegations against the couple took place in Nigeria.
He said the case was a unique one and would require a decision by the UK Attorney General, on where the trial will be held.
Meanwhile, Ekweremadu officially applied for a kidney transplant visa for Ukpo David, a 15-year-old ‘homeless’ Lagos boy.
The former Deputy Senate President applied for a visa for David Ukpo on December 28, 2021, the documents showed.
According to the document, Ekweremadu said the donor and his daughter “will be at the Royal Free Hospital London”, adding that he would “be providing the necessary funding”.
Although the donor is said to be 21 on his international passport, the Met police said he claims to be 15 and is thus regarded as a minor.
The prosecution told the court that an appointment was made for the “teenager” at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead but the consultant refused to proceed because he had concerns “about the 15-year-old boy”.
The donor returned to the address of the Ekweremadus in London before reporting to a police station.