Ike Ekweremadu, Wife, Beatrice Sue NIMC, NIS, UBA, Others Over Organ Donor’s Claim

Date: 27-06-2022 10:45 pm (1 month ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
- at 27-06-2022 10:45 PM (1 month ago)
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Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and others over controversy surrounding David Nwamini Ukpo’s real age.

Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively.

Ekweremadu and his wife were, on Thursday, remanded in the UK police custody, after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of Ukpo, alleged to be a minor, for organ harvesting.

The couple, however, denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing.
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 sought an order directing the NIS C-G to supply the applicants with the documents and application form of David Nwamini Ukpo in the possession of the 2nd respondent presented for the issuance of International passport No. BO0569974 for the purpose of assisting criminal investigation and tendering same before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, UK until July 7 in the alleged criminal charge brought against the applicants.

They also sought an order of court directing the Stanbic-IBTC Bank to supply the applicants with the Certified True Copy of mandate card and account opening package of account No. 0032551834 maintained by its customer, Ukpo, with Bank Verification Number 22509616391 in the custody of the bank, for the purpose of tendering same to establish the innocence of the applicants with respect to his age in the criminal charges filed against the applicants.

They sought an order of court directing UBA to supply the applicants with the Certified True Copy of mandate card and account opening package of account No. 2195739574 maintained by Ukpo with Bank Verification Number 22509616391 in the custody of the bank, for the purpose of tendering same to establish the innocence of the applicants.

Awomolo said that the application was brought pursuant to Order 3, Rule 1 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2019, Sections 6 and 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

The senior lawyer, who gave 20 grounds why the prayers should be granted, said the 1st applicant (Ike Ekweremadu) is a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Enugu West Senatorial District.

According to him, the 2nd applicant (Beatrice) is a chartered accountant, civil servant and the wife of the 1st applicant.

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“The applicants have a daughter named Sonia Ekweremadu, who is suffering from kidney failure and the applicants have been managing it for about five years.

“The said daughter of the applicants urgently needed kidney transplant to save her life.

“David Nwamini Ukpo offered to donate one of his kidneys for the daughter of the applicants if his kidney is compatible with that of Miss Sonia Ekweremadu.

“David Nwamini Ukpo informed the applicants that he is Twenty One (21) years of age having being born In the year 2000.

“The 1st applicant supported the visa application of David Nwamini Ukpo to the United Kingdom with a letter to the British High Commission in Nigeria, explaining the purpose of the visit i.e to enable him undergo medical examination in the United Kingdom so that the donor and Sonia Ekweremadu get the best of medical attention.

“After conducting various medical tests, the Royal Free Hospital in London decided that the said David Nwamini Ukpo was not a suitable donor because his kidney is not compatible with that of Sonia Ekweremadu,” he said.

According to Awomolo, Ukpo was then asked to return to Nigeria but rather than do so, he approached the authorities in the United Kingdom for protection from being returned to Nigeria.

“David Nwamini Ukpo told the United Kingdom police that he is fifteen years of age contrary to the information supplied to the applicants by the same David Nwamini Ukpo.

“The applicants verily believe that Ukpo was actually 21 or more having regards to the public records in the custody of the respondents.

“The applicants were arrested by the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom on June 21 for the allegation that they brought a 15-year-old child (a minor) to the UK to harvest his organs.

“The applicants were charged before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, United Kingdom on the 23rd of June 2022 for offences of conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

‘”The court denied them bail and they are presently in the custody of UK authorities.

“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.

“The said David Nwamini Ukpo is presently in care in the custody of British Authorities and he cannot be accessed by the applicants.

“The documents being sought to be handed over to the applicants will support the applicants in their defence and establish their innocence of the charges brought against them.,”
he said, among others.

The lawyer said the application was made in the interest of justice.

Also, Bright Ekweremadu, the elder brother of the lawmaker, in the affidavit deposed to, said Ukpo informed the couple that he was 21 years old, having being born in the year 2000 and was ready to help Sonia.

Justice Ekwo fixed July 1 for hearing of the matter.

Posted: at 27-06-2022 10:45 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- gogoman at 28-06-2022 12:27 AM (1 month ago)
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you're suing on multiple fronts... Good luck with that Ike Ekweremadu Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 28-06-2022 12:27 AM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Olandetujaa at 28-06-2022 02:06 AM (1 month ago)
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you are suffering for the sins of all the politicians who stole Nigerian money and never develop Nigeria but go abroad to use the facilities of other countries,  that is the reason the boy don't want to come back.
Posted: at 28-06-2022 02:06 AM (1 month ago) | Upcoming
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- Goldtime at 28-06-2022 06:02 AM (1 month ago)
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Imagine a senator in Nigeria who millions of Nigerian look up to for planning and management of their livelihood , but the man doesn’t have the capacity to manage successful his family business outside of Nigeria .Of it we’re going to be in Nigeria ,the zig zagga no rules and regulations where a mad man can get things done without questioning ,he would have been successful with his mission .But coming to international standard where rules are compelled and followed to the latter ,our senator couldn’t get things done caz he’s used to the under table patch patch ,follow follow ,wuruwuru ways .These men don’t have any sense of planning and that is shown in the current situation of the nation .Nigerian politician are senseless .
Posted: at 28-06-2022 06:02 AM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Kormeijama at 28-06-2022 07:50 AM (1 month ago)
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You guys talking bullshit, you mean contacting someone legally  to assist in a medical emergency is  again illegal, such could only be uttered by dishonest and the pull-him-down soldiers. The issues he is not about what he might have 'stolen' as a public officer, but personal and private, and as  one may read from his VISA application in support of the  lad, he  clearly stated  reason for his affidavit . The only reason that  thief  lied  to
the British police  was because he didn't want to return to his home country. You see how dishonest most of us can be when pursuing personal goals.This lad completely ignored the man's and his family's agony but staying in the UK is  paramount to him, so even killing an entire village is okay as long as that will make his intended stay in the UK alright.
Posted: at 28-06-2022 07:50 AM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- osammya at 28-06-2022 09:07 AM (1 month ago)
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Considering what the lad did; This is repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience. the lad "must" be punished if found guilty. Its time we call a spade-a spade and stop fooling around. This is pure black mail of the highest order-this is the kind of children we are training these time-God will help us in this our country Nigeria. We will meet at HOME to settle this. thanks my fellow Nigerian.
Posted: at 28-06-2022 09:07 AM (1 month ago) | Newbie
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- ekogiaweplus at 28-06-2022 02:36 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: Kormeijama on 28-06-2022 07:50 AM
You guys talking bullshit, you mean contacting someone legally  to assist in a medical emergency is  again illegal, such could only be uttered by dishonest and the pull-him-down soldiers. The issues he is not about what he might have 'stolen' as a public officer, but personal and private, and as  one may read from his VISA application in support of the  lad, he  clearly stated  reason for his affidavit . The only reason that  thief  lied  to
the British police  was because he didn't want to return to his home country. You see how dishonest most of us can be when pursuing personal goals.This lad completely ignored the man's and his family's agony but staying in the UK is  paramount to him, so even killing an entire village is okay as long as that will make his intended stay in the UK alright.
former   National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) DG said the Ekweremadus were suppose to have applied to the agency before taking the young boy to UK for the trans plant, but he didn't. And because he broke protocol or rather due process that's why he's in trouble. Let our politicians learn how to obey laws. they're already used to breaking the law & going Scott -free . they thought UK is Nigeria where lawlessness is celebrated instead of being punished. this would serve as a lesson to all that no one is above the law. if it were in Nigerian the whole case would have been swept under the carpet. Thank God for UK government.
Posted: at 28-06-2022 02:36 PM (1 month ago) | Upcoming
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- nikiniki at 29-06-2022 07:21 PM (1 month ago)
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see trouble over a nonentity
Posted: at 29-06-2022 07:21 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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