Ekweremadu Sues NIMC, Others Over Biodata Of Kidney Donor


Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) over the controversy surrounding the real age of David Ukpo.

Ekweremadu also sued Stanbic IBTC Bank and United Bank for Africa (UBA) in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022 and filed on June 27 before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja. Recall that the Enugu Senator and his wife were recently arrested in London by the UK Metropolitan Police for allegedly bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting. The couple were subsequently remanded in custody till July 7 after being arranged before a UK Magistrate Court. In the suit filed by their lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo, the Ekweremadus said Ukpo offered to donate one of his kidneys for their daughter if his kidney was compatible. They said Ukpo informed them that he was 21 years old, after which they supported his visa application to the United Kingdom with a letter to the British High Commission in Nigeria, explaining the purpose of the visit. The applicants said after conducting various medical tests, the Royal Free Hospital in London decided that Ukpo was not a suitable donor because his kidney is not compatible with that of that their daughter. According to suit, Ukpo was then asked to return to Nigeria but rather than do so, he approached the authorities in the UK, claiming he was 15 years old. The cousel, however, prayed the court for an order directing the NIMC to supply them with the Certified True Copy (CTC) of Ukpo’s biodata. He also sought an order directing the NIS Comptroller-General to supply the applicants with Ukpo’s documents and application form presented for the issuance of his international passport. The suit is also seeking an order directing Stanbic IBTC Bank and UBA to supply the applicants with the certified true copy of the mandate card and account opening package of Ukpo’s bank accounts. The applicants require documents from the respondents to assist in the fair criminal investigation and as facts in their defence to establish their innocence of the allegation in the charge and to prove that David Nwamini Ukpo is not a minor and indeed consented to the medical examination in the United Kingdom. Justice Ekwo therefore fixed July 1 for a hearing of the matter, Naija News reports.

This article was originally published on Naija News

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