August 16, 2022

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Organ Harvesting: Ekweremadu and Wife sue NIMC, NIS, Others

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Organ Harvesting: Ekweremadu and Wife sue NIMC, NIS, Others

Ike Ekweremadu, a former vice-president of the senate, and his wife Beatrice have filed a lawsuit against the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and others over the age-related scandal involving David Ukpo.

The Comptroller General (C-G), the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Stanbic-IBTC Bank, and the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc are also cited in the lawsuit as the second through fifth respondents, respectively.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ekweremadu and his wife were charged before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday and detained in the UK police custody for alleged conspiracy to enable the trip of Ukpo, who is claimed to be a juvenile, for organ harvesting.

The pair, however, refuted the accusations, and the court continued the trial to July 7.

But in an originating summon marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022, dated and filed June 27 by their counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, the Ekweremadus prayed the court for an order directing the NIMC to supply them with the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the biodata information of David Nwamini Ukpo.

The applicants said Ukpo’s National Identification Number (NIN):19438077110, which is in the possession of the agency, should be produced for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo’s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court.

They also requested court order ordering the NIS CG to turn over to the applicants the paperwork and application form David Nwamini Ukpo submitted for the issuance of International Passport No. BO0569974 while in the possession of the second respondent in order to aid in criminal investigation, and to present those materials before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in the UK until July in connection with the alleged criminal charge brought against the applicants.

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