A top Nigerian senator, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have been identified as the couple charged in London with a child organ-harvesting plot.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, both Nigerian nationals, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later.
Ekweremadu’s spokesperson confirmed to BBC Igbo that the senator had been charged in the UK over the case.
A child of unknown age has been taken into care.
The couple have been charged with conspiring to transport a child into the UK in order to harvest organs.
Mr Ekweremadu served three terms as Nigeria’s deputy president of the Senate, from 2007 to 2019.
The lawyer and politician has been a senator since 2003 and belongs to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The investigation began when detectives were alerted to potential modern day slavery offences.
Charges follow an inquiry by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Team.