Connect with us


Organ Harvesting: UK Doctor Scammed Ekweremadu’s Family Of N4.5m



The ongoing trial of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Beatrice, his wife, Sonia, their daughter and Dr Obinna Obeta,continued  on Friday when the court heard that Obeta scammed the Senator’s family of N4.5m while arranging for Sonia to get a kidney transplant through David Nwamini, the donor he sourced.

Though Obeta didn’t know from the onset of the discussion he had with the Senator’s younger brother, Dr Isaac Diwe Ekweremadu, in September 2021, that the would-be recipient was Sonia, he encouraged his former University of Nigeria classmate to get his brother involved in funding the planned kidney transplant.

He told Diwe that was how he partly funded the transplant he had two months earlier.

When the discussion progressed, Obeta sent a bill of N4.5m to Diwe, saying N1m was agent’s commission, and the rest for the 21-year old donor. However, all Nwamini received was just N177,100. Obeta’s brother-in-law, Ogbonna, who was supposed to be the agent, got just over N223,000. Jurors were told neither Ogbonna nor Nwamini was told the amount that had been negotiated for them.

Under cross-examination from the Senator’s barrister, Martin Hicks, KC, and the Crown prosecutor, Hugh Davies, KC, an agitated Obeta reluctantly admitted from the witness box that he had “scammed” both the Ekweremadus and Nwamini.

When Hicks asked: “you were or were you not a substantial beneficiary of the monies paid by the Ekweremadus, were you?” The doctor got angry and said it made it look as if his labour of love to save a life was for monetary reward. “l don’t think l did that,” he responded.

Even though the evidence from the defence said it improved his First Bank of Nigeria balance to N4.9m from its previous balance of N400. When Hicks asked that aside the N177,100, “did Mr. Nwamini get any of this money he arranged for the donor”. He tried explaining and said: “they didn’t know l was trying to secure some money for him.”

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply