Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, wife of Senator Ike Ekeremadu has been granted bail.
The couple are facing trial in the United Kingdom after being accused of allegedly plotting to traffic a man whose age has been established to be 21, to the UK to harvest a kidney for their daughter.
While 55-year-old Beatrice is charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, between August 1 last year and May 5, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Ike is charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
Mrs Ekweremadu was granted bail under stringent conditions, while her husband’s application was denied.
Speaking on the bail, Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks said;
‘The position is that I have granted bail to Beatrice subject to some fairly stringent conditions but I have refused bail to Ike.’
Ike Ekweremadu’s lawyer, Martin Hicks on his part said;
‘We deny that there was any exploitation or any intent to do so.
‘The argument will be factual denial.’
The couple are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 4 August.