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I wasn’t part of search for kidney donor – Ekweremadu’s wife

The wife of embattled former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied involvement in the search for an organ donor for their ailing daughter, Sonia.

Beatrice was last year arrested alongside her husband in the United Kingdom for allegedly trafficking a young man into the country to harvest his kidney.

She denied the allegation on Monday at the Old Bailey in London where she is standing trial alongside her husband, daughter and one medical doctor, Obinna Obeta.

It is claimed the young man 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.

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.”

The lawyer went on to inquire 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.

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