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Senator Ike Ekweremadu of Nigeria Will Face Charges of Organ Harvesting

A judge has announced that Nigeria’s former deputy Senate president will stand trial in the United Kingdom in January for alleged organ harvesting. Ike Ekweremadu, 60, is accused of bringing a man from Nigeria to have a kidney removed with his wife, Beatrice, 56, their daughter, Sonia, 25, and a doctor.

The 21-year-old man is said to have raised the alarm after refusing to consent to the surgery after preliminary tests at London’s Royal Free Hospital. According to the BBC, the Ekweremadu family allegedly treated the man like a slave before he fled to Staines police station in Surrey. Ekweremadu is an Enugu State senator for the Peoples Democratic Party for Enugu State in southeast Nigeria.