Updated: Jun 26
The Uxbridge Magistrate court has denied bail for Ike Ekweremadu and his wife and ordered the couple to be remanded and in custody, as the case adjourns on July 7, 2022 (see attached photo of the couple at the court house). The couple was accused of trafficking a 15-year-old Nigerian boy from Lagos to the U.K with the intention to harvest his organ.
According to Arise TV, Ike Ekweremadu processed a U.K passport for the boy and promised the 15-year-old a better life once he gets into the UK. Prosecutors revealed that the victim's actual age as claimed in the passport (21 years) of age was not correct, the boy was an underage 15-year-old.
The prosecutors also revealed that the Ekweremdu’s had a daughter who has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis. Hence, the plan of the couple was to use the boy as the organ donor to save their daughter’s life. Authorities were notified after the boy revealed his real age to doctors during a procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in the U.K. The boy revealed that he was also treated like a slave in the hands of the family who took him in. He eventually escaped finding his way to the police station, which led investigators to arrest the couple.
The couple was arrested at Heathrow airport on their way to Turkey. According to prosecutors, it's alleged that the couple was on their way to procure another organ since they were unable to harvest it from the boy. Ekweremadu was discovered with $20,000 in cash. The couple surrendered their passports to the U.K. government and was denied bail by the magistrate.