Beatrice, wife of Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president, says she was not involved in searching for a kidney donor for her ailing daughter.
The couple is standing trial alongside Sonia, their 25-year-old daughter, and one Obinna Obeta, a doctor residing in Southwark, south London, for allegedly transporting David Ukpo, a 21-year-old street trader, from Lagos to London to harvest his kidney.
Testifying during the court session on Monday, Beatrice said although her husband kept her informed about his plans regarding their daughter’s health, she never really asked for details.
Anu Mohindru, defense counsel, asked: “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 attorney then asked if Ekweremadu had told her about his conversations with his medically trained brother, Diwe.
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In response, Beatrice told jurors that she regarded Diwe as the family doctor but did not ask about it.
Mohindru asked the defendant if she was involved in identifying any candidate, which she denied.
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Under cross-examination by the prosecution, Beatrice admitted to the jury that the family lied that the victim was Sonia’s maternal cousin.
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