ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Beatrice Ekweremadu, the wife of former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has denied involvement in the search for an organ donor.
Beatrice was last year arrested alongside her husband, Senator Ekweremadu, in the United Kingdom for allegedly trafficking one David Nwamini, into the country to harvest his kidney for their ailing daughter, Sonia Ekweremadu.
She, however, denied the allegation at the Old Bailey in London where she is standing trial alongside her husband, daughter and one medical doctor, Obinna Obeta, on Monday.
It is claimed Nwamini was falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade doctors to carry out an £80,000 private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital, Punch reports.
Mrs. Ekweremadu told the court that her husband took care of the house, noting that she only carried out domestic duties which included visiting their children in school in the UK every couple of weeks
On how they discovered that their daughter had a kidney problem, Ekweremadu disclosed that Sonia fell sick in 2919 and was diagnosed with the problem in the UK.
The BBC reports that defence lawyer, Anu Mohindru KC, said: “There are text messages from your husband keeping you informed of what was happening. Is that something he would do?”
The defendant replied: “Yes. He tells me what he thinks I need to know.”
Furthermore, the lawyer inquired if Ekweremadu had relayed his discussions with his medically trained brother, Diwe.
Beatrice told jurors she regarded Diwe Ekweremadu as the family doctor but did not ask about it.
It is alleged that Diwe’s former classmate, Obeta, offered to help the family.
Mohindru asked the defendant if she was involved in identifying any candidates, which Mrs Ekweremadu denied.
The Ekweremadus, however, denied the charges against them and the trial continues.