Lincoln Uni BANS 'organ harvesting' Nigerian visiting professor

Lincoln Uni BANS ‘organ harvestingNigerian professor: Senator and wife face police probe over claims they ‘used fake passport to traffick 15-year-old boy from streets of Lagos to act as kidney donor for their sick daughter in UK

  • Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, are both from Nigeria
  • Mr Ekweremadu is a People’s Democratic Party politician from African country
  • His university has now banned him from his duties during the investigation
  • He was once Deputy President of nation’s senate and is a principal in a law firm
  • His wife is an academic and doctor in Abuja. Couple were visiting the UK in June
  • Child alleged to have been trafficked for organs is now safe with the police
  • The University of Lincoln has banned a visiting professor who tried to ‘harvest organs from a 15-year that had been trafficked to the UK using a fake passport’.

    A consultant working in a NHS hospital refused to remove the vital organ a 15-year-old who was allegedly trafficked to Londen from the streets of Lagos by the former deputy president of the Nigerian Senaat en sy vrou, 'n hof verhoor.

    Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Ekweremadu, 55, are accused of taking the homeless youngster to the UK from Nigerië to transplant his organs into their daughter who is suffering from kidney failure.

    A University of Lincoln Spokesperson: ‘Visiting professors are often, as is in this case, non-resident at the university, unpaid and advisory.

    ‘We are deeply concerned about the nature of these allegations but as this is an active police investigation, we cannot comment further at this stage.

    ‘Whilst this matter is subject to investigation, this person will not be undertaking any duties as visiting professor at Lincoln.

    Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a People’s Democratic Party politician in Nigeria and his wife Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, have been held on suspicion of plotting to harvest the organs of a child in the UK

    The doctor at the Royal Free in Camden became suspicious about whether the alleged victim was aware he was the donor of the kidney and whether he was 41 as his passport claimed.

    The 15-year-old was given the passport of a 41-year-old in order to get into the UK, but did not know he was there to donate a kidney until he went a hospital appointment in Londen, a court heard yesterday.

    After he arrived in the capital in February he had a string of medical appointments about kidney donation, but a consultant at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, Noord-Londen, became concerned about the boy’s real age and if he knew he was there to donate an organ, word beweer.

    Mr Ekweremadu has been an elected senator at the Abuja-based parliament since 2003 after moving into politics after years as a lawyer. Sy vrou, five years his junior, is an academic and doctor and also a major public figure in Nigerië. They are believed to have four adult children. Both deny trafficking the boy.

    Prosecutor Damla Ayas told Uxbridge Magistrates Court yesterday: ‘The victim was 15. In Nigeria he was approached by both defendants. He was homeless on the streets of Lagos. They deceived him and promised him a better life in the UK. He was given a passport for a 41-year-old. The passport was illegally obtained by these defendants.

    Ekweremadu has been in the UK for at least the past fortnight having met with members of the Nigerian community in Britain in Lincoln (op die foto regs) and received a copy of the Magna Carta

    Ekweremadu has been in the UK for at least the past fortnight having met with members of the Nigerian community in Britain in Lincoln (op die foto regs) and received a copy of the Magna Carta

    A NHS consultant at the Royal Free in north London (op die foto) blew the whistle on the former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate and his wife

    A NHS consultant at the Royal Free in north London (op die foto) blew the whistle on the former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate and his wife

    ‘He was provided with a medical travel visa saying the purpose of the travel was to provide medical treatment for the defendantsdaughter who was undergoing dialysis in relation to a number of health issues.

    ‘It was premeditated, it was planned. Blood tests were obtained in Nigeria and he travelled to the UK in February this year.

    Ekweremadu has been an elected senator at the Abuja-based parliament since 2003 after moving into politics after years as a lawyer

    Ekweremadu has been an elected senator at the Abuja-based parliament since 2003 after moving into politics after years as a lawyer

    ‘He was taken to several medical appointments in particular a medical appointment at the Royal Free Hospital and was spoken to by a consultant about the organ harvesting for a kidney transplant.

    ‘The consultant was concerned about his actual age and was concerned he was not aware he was the donor of the kidney. He only found out that the purpose of his visit was for an organ transplant when he visited the hospital’.

    Police were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery laws last month.

    Ekweremadu has been in the UK for at least the past fortnight having met with members of the Nigerian community in Britain in Lincoln around ten days ago.

    Hy het getwiet: ‘It was a pleasure and an honour to receive a letter of appointment by the University of Lincoln, Verenigde Koninkryk, as Visiting Professor of Corporate and International Linkages. I also got a highly treasured gifta copy of the Magna Carta. It was created in 1215, oor 807 jare terug'.

    They arrested the couple two days ago at Heathrow Airport as they attempted to board a plane to Turkeywhere it was suggested that the procedure could take place – het die hof gehoor.

    Ekweremadu, 60, is said to have had £20,000 on him on at the time of his arrest, volgens aanklaers.

    The child is now under the care of safeguarding authorities and the Metropolitan Police, amptenare sê.

    The couple are two of the most famous faces in the West African state, and had been visiting the UK whe they were arrested

    The couple are two of the most famous faces in the West African state, and had been visiting the UK whe they were arrested

    Ekweremadu and accountant wife Beatrice, 55, are charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

    The senator was wearing a grey sweater while his wife was wearing a black and white knitted cardigan at Uxbridge MagistratesCourt yesterday.

    Prosecutor Damla Ayas said: ‘It is conspiracy in relation to human trafficking offences for the purposes of organ harvesting. The victim in this case is 15 jaar oud

    ‘They the couple were interviewed at the police station. Both of the defendants have provided a prepared statement.

    ‘Mr Ekweremadu in his prepared statement denied allegations of human trafficking.

    ‘He said at no stage has he arranged transport for anyone with intention to exploit them.

    His wife similarly denied the allegations in her prepared statement, het die hof gehoor.

    Gavin Irwin, representing Ekweremadu, gesê: ‘There is no question this is a serious allegation. Mr Ekweremadu is a member of the senate in Nigeria.

    ‘He has previously held an even more senior role as deputy president of the senate.

    ‘He is a member of the bar in Nigeria. He is a principal in a law firm that bears his name.

    ‘Those issues taken together go way beyond him being a person of good character…rather that he has led a blameless life as a public servant.

    Mr Irwin added that the allegations were ‘nothing short of preposterous’.

    Antonia Gray, for Mrs Ekweremadu, gesê: ‘She has never been complicit or involved in any alleged illegal trafficking of any young person.

    ‘She is a financial accountant…with an unblemished record.

    The couple have an address they could stay at in Willesden, Maar sy het gesê die twee het ''n ongesonde obsessie vir mekaar., het die hof gehoor.

    The prosecutor made an application to adjourn matters for 14 dae.

    Ms Ayas said: ‘In respect of these offences Attorney General consent is required and the Crown require 14 days for that to be obtained.

    Magistrate Lois Sheard said: ‘These are serious allegations and these matters are now adjourned until 7 July back here at Uxbridge.

    Ms Sheard remanded both defendants into custody ahead of their hearing next month.

    The Ekweremadus are charged with ‘conspiring to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation….tussen 1 Augustus 2021 en 5 Mei 2022 within the jurisdiction of Central Criminal Court’.

    The investigation was launched by the Met’s Specialist Crime team after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.

    The Met Police has confirmed that the boy is safe and being looked after. Mr Ekweremadu was held with Nwanneka Ekweremadu in Britain this month.

    Mr Ekweremadu has been an elected senator at the Abuja-based parliament since 2003 after moving into politics after years as a lawyer.

    Sy vrou, five years his junior, is an academic and doctor and also a major public figure in Nigerië. They are believed to have four adult children.

    The Metropolitan Police has said the child, who is under the age of 18, at the centre of the alleged plot is in care.

    Organ harvesting involves removing parts of the body, often for cash and against the victim’s will.

    The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022, het die mag gesê.

    Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both from Nigeria , have been remanded in custody appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court (op die foto)

    Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both from Nigeria , have been remanded in custody appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Hof (op die foto)

    In 2017 a former Nigerian government minister claimed that migrants from his country were having their organs harvested after being sold into slavery.

    Femi Fani-Kayode, a onetime aviation minister in Nigeria, claimed that 75 per cent of slaves who have their organs harvested in North Africa are from his country.

    The Cambridge University-educated lawyer added that the victims have their ‘bodies mutilatedand are ‘roasted like suya [shish kebabs]’. Hy het aan gegaan: ‘Roasted alive! This is what Libyans do to sub-Saharan Africans who are looking for a transit point to Europe.

    ‘They sell them into slavery and either murder, mutilate, torture or work them to death.