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Organ Harvesting Trial: Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s Wife Denies Involvement In Kidney Donor Search For Daughter | Details

Organ Harvesting Trial: Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s Wife Denies Involvement In Kidney Donor Search For Daughter | Details

Beatrice Ekweremadu, wife of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied involvement in the donor search, BBC reports.

Ekweremadu, 60, Beatrice, 56, their daughter, Sonia, 25, and a medical “middleman” Dr. Obinna Obeta, 50, are on trial at the Old Bailey in London, over an alleged ploy to bring a young man to Britain to use him as a donor.
At the Old Bailey on Monday, March 13, 2023, Mrs. Ekweremadu denied being privy to discussions about finding a donor for her daughter.
The mother of four told jurors her husband took care of the household finances, according to the Nigerian custom.
Beatrice who worked full time in the Nigerian auditor general’s office, has a PhD in accountancy, the jury heard.
She said her domestic responsibilities included travelling to the UK every couple of weeks to visit her children at school and to pick them up for holidays.
Mrs Ekweremadu said Sonia first became unwell after she went home to Nigeria for the Christmas holidays in 2019.
Sonia returned to London to see a doctor at the Cromwell Hospital and then the Royal Free, jurors were told.Defence barrister Anu Mohindru KC said:

“There are text messages from your husband keeping you informed of what was happening. Is that something he would do?”

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The defendant replied: “Yes. He tells me what he thinks I need to know.”

The barrister went on to inquire if Mr Ekweremadu had relayed his discussions with his medically trained brother Diwe.

Mrs Ekweremadu told jurors she regarded Diwe Ekweremadu as the family doctor but did not ask about it.
It is alleged Diwe’s former classmate, Dr Obeta, offered to help the family.

Mr Mohindru asked the defendant if she was involved in identifying any candidates, which Mrs Ekweremadu denied.

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The Ekweremadus, who have an address in Willesden Green, north-west London, and Dr Obeta, from Southwark, south London, deny the charges against them and the trial continues.

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The Ekweremadus and medical “middleman” Obinna Obeta are charged with conspiring to arrange or facilitate the travel of a young man, David Ukpo to Britain with a view to his exploitation.

It would be recalled that the lawmaker was in June 2022, arrested at Heathrow Airport in London after Staines Police Station received a report from a young man claiming to have been trafficked into the UK.

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