Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Nigeria’s former deputy Senate president will go on trial in Britain in January for alleged organ harvesting, a judge said on Monday.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, is accused with his wife, Beatrice, 56, their daughter, Sonia, 25, and a doctor of bringing a 21-year-old man from Nigeria to have his kidney removed.
The man is said to have raised the alarm after refusing to consent to the procedure, following preliminary tests at a north London hospital.
The kidney was intended to be used for Sonia, prosecutors claim.
Charges were brought after the man walked into a police station and the Ekweremadus were arrested at London’s Heathrow airport in June.
Ekweremadu is a senator for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for Enugu state in southeast Nigeria.
The Ekweremadus and the doctor, Obina Obeta, 50, are accused of conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
Judge Mark Lucraft set another hearing date for December 16 and brought forward the defendants’ trial from May to January 31.
Ekweremadu and Obeta were remanded in custodybut Beatrice and Sonia Ekweremadu were released on conditional bail.