Immigration, NIMC ordered to provide ‘organ donor’ biodata

immigration, nimc ordered to provide 'organ donor' biodata
immigration, nimc ordered to provide ‘organ donor’ biodata

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to provide former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice with certified authentic copies of David Ukpo’s biodata information.

Justice Inyang Ekwo decided on Friday that the documents must be produced to help the criminal investigation and evidence in the case of Ekweremadu and his wife, in order for them to face charges.

Following the couple’s arrest and arraignment at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in the United Kingdom on charges of trafficking Ukpo for the purpose of harvesting his kidney for their daughter’s transplant, the application was filed.

In addition to the NIS and NIMC, Ekweremadu’s attorney, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), added Stanbic-IBTC Bank, United Bank of Africa (UBA), and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as defendants in the action with case number FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022, dated and filed on June 27.

The judge struck Nigerian Interbank’s name from the lawsuit, but granted the application because the other defendants did not protest.

The judge agreed with the applicant that NIMC’s official production of Ukpo’s National Identification Number (NIN) 19438077110; NIS’ production of documents for the issuance of international passport No. BO0569974; Stanbic-IBTC Bank’s production of C-T-C of mandate card and account opening package of account No. 0032551834 with Bank Verification Number (BVN) 22509616391; and UBA’s production of mandate card and

Awomolo alleged that Ekweremmadu’s daughter, Sonia, had a kidney failure that had been managed for approximately five years. He then contacted David Nwamini Ukpo, who offered to donate one of his kidneys if it was compatible with that of Sonia’s. However, when his kidney was found to be incompatible, he refused to return to Nigeria and told the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom that he was 15 years old, instead of 21.

“After doing many medical tests, the Royal Free Hospital in London determined that the aforementioned David Nwamini Ukpo was incompatible with Sonia Ekweremadu’s kidney.

“On June 21, the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom arrested the applicants on suspicion that they brought a 15-year-old youngster (a minor) to the country to harvest his organs.

“On June 23, 2022, the petitioners were charged before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in the United Kingdom with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the flight of another person for the purpose of exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

The court denied bail, and they are currently detained by British police.

Justice Ekwo scheduled the hearing for July 7.

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