I Didn’t Offer To Buy Kidney - Ekweremadu Begs UK Court to Release Him

Date: 09-02-2023 9:51 am (1 month ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
- at 9-02-2023 09:51 AM (1 month ago)

Former deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has begged a UK court to release him, saying he didn't offer money to a prospective kidney donor to save his sick daughter, Sonia. Recall that 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 kidney donor. The Ekweremadus were alleged to have offered £7,000 to the 21-year-old trader whom they flew to London and falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin so as to obtain his kidney.
According to Daily Mail, in his opening addresses at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, lawyers for the defendant, Martin Hicks, insisted they believed the donor was acting “altruistically”. 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 allege and if so, who was a party to it? “In Nigerian society, there is an expression ‘everyone is each other’s keeper’ and the altruistic donation of organs is not regarded there as such a rare event as it is in this country. “He will also say he was told (the donor) had offered to altruistically donate a kidney to Sonia.”]

 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 a 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.” Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested in June 2022 at the Heathrow Airport in London and were immediately arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court for allegedly bringing a young man into the country to allegedly harvest his organs. He has been in custody of the UK authorities since June 23 while his wife was granted bail by a criminal court in London.

Posted: at 9-02-2023 09:51 AM (1 month ago) | Hero
- Kormeijama at 9-02-2023 11:55 AM (1 month ago)
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A nonsense case
Posted: at 9-02-2023 11:55 AM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
- gogoman at 9-02-2023 12:47 PM (1 month ago)
why did they release the wife........ bloody kangaroo  court  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 9-02-2023 12:47 PM (1 month ago) | Grande Master
- angesco at 9-02-2023 02:32 PM (1 month ago)
Take a poor person to the west. BRIBE them with promises of money etc and take their INTERNAL ORGANS !!!!!!

It is not uncommon to see corpses laying on major roads in Nigeria with their internal organs missing!

If he had taken the young man to Turkey - which is as corrupt as Nigeria - we would not have heard about this.

In court Ekewrremadu had told them it is a NORMAL CULTURAL practice for Nigerians to donate organs to people  they don’t know for money.  Really?

 Let him name families where this happened as evidence.
Posted: at 9-02-2023 02:32 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
- OmoNobaUku at 9-02-2023 03:20 PM (1 month ago)
The adage, "when in a hole, stop digging" comes to mind here. British judicial system aren't one to be fooled.
Posted: at 9-02-2023 03:20 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac