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I didn’t propose to buy a kidney: Ekweremadu



Ekweremadu: trial enters the fourth week

I didn’t propose to buy a kidney: Ekweremadu.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the former deputy president of the Senate, has denied ever offering money to a prospective kidney benefactor to save his sick daughter, Sonia. The lawmaker, his wife, Beatrice, and their 25-year-old daughter are on trial in London for allegedly trafficking a young man from Nigeria to serve as a kidney donor.

The Ekweremadus was alleged to have offered £7,000 to the 21-year-old trader they flew to London and falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin to obtain his kidney.

According to our correspondent in his opening addresses at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, lawyers for the defendant, Martin Hicks, insisted they believed the donor was acting “altruistically”.

I didn’t offer to buy a kidney, Ekweremadu tells the UK court

Hicks told jurors, “Be alive, please, to the possible cultural differences between this country and that of Nigeria, particularly to altruistic donation.

“We say the issue, in this case, is simple – did there exist an agreement to exploit (the donor) in the way the prosecution alleges, and if so, who was a party to it?

“In Nigerian society, there is an idiom ‘everyone is each other’s keeper’, and the altruistic donation of organs is not viewed as rare as it is in this country. “He will also say he was told (the donor) had shown to altruistically donate a kidney to Sonia.”


I didn’t propose to buy a kidney: Ekweremadu.

Hicks said Ekweremadu did not attend any visits to the Royal Free Hospital in February and March last year, which concluded that the donor was unsuitable.

He added, “In April 2022 and with the assistance of Diwe, he continued the family search for a suitable donor for his daughter Sonia and that search continues.

“We question whether (the donor) was exploited as suggested by the prosecution.”

Speaking on behalf of Sonia, her lawyer, John Femi-Ola, said, “She suffers from very severe kidney disease. She receives dialysis treatment three days per week.”

Each session is for four hours.

“The treatment is for the rest of her life unless there is a transplant in the future, which now must be much in doubt given the publicity this case has attracted.”

I didn’t propose to buy a kidney: Ekweremadu.

Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested in June 2022 at Heathrow Airport in London and were immediately arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court for allegedly bringing a young man into the country to harvest his organs.

He has been in the custody of the UK authorities since June 23 while his wife was granted bail by a criminal court in London.

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