Beatrice Ekweremadu, who works full-time in the Nigerian auditor general’s office and has a PhD in accountancy, testified to jurors that her husband took care of the household finances, as is customary in Nigeria. She also said her domestic responsibilities included travelling to the UK every couple of weeks to visit her children at school and to pick them up for holidays. Mrs Ekweremadu said her daughter Sonia first became unwell after returning home to Nigeria for Christmas in 2019. She then returned to London to seek medical help at the Cromwell Hospital and Royal Free.
When asked if her husband kept her informed of what was happening, Mrs Ekweremadu replied that he did, saying: “He tells me what he thinks I need to know.” The barrister then inquired if Mr Ekweremadu had relayed his discussions with his medically trained brother Diwe. Mrs Ekweremadu said she regarded Diwe as the family doctor but did not ask about it. It is alleged that Diwe’s former classmate, Dr Obeta, offered to help the family, though Mrs Ekweremadu denied being involved in identifying any candidates.
The Ekweremadus, who have an address in Willesden Green, north-west London, and Dr Obeta, from Southwark, south London, all deny the charges against them and the trial continues.