Ike Ekweremadu: UK Court Orders Release of Nigerian Donors Bio-data

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The Westminster Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom demanded that the Nigerian Authorities should release the bio-data of David Nwamini Ukpo who was later identified as being 22 and not 15 years old.

The former deputy senate president and his wife are facing charges bordering on conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, had applied for the court order to enable them to back their claim that Mr. Ukpo whom they took to London, United Kingdom, in June, to harvest his kidney for their ailing daughter, was not a minor.

According to what Ekweremadus’ lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), told the judge, NIMC had yet to comply with the court order.

Responding, Muazu Mohammed, the lawyer representing NIMC, informed the judge that the commission was reluctant to comply with the court order because it was not served with the hearing notice prior to the issuance of the order.

Mr Mohammed, who earlier asked for revocation of the order, said the law did not allow the commission to release an individual’s biodata to another individual.

He expressed fear that if the order was complied with as issued, it could expose the commission’s system to future abuse.

The ruling judge, Inyang Ekwo, ruled that instead of releasing Mr. Nwamini’s biodata information directly to the Ekweremadus as earlier ordered, it should be released to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) for onward transmission to the United Kingdom.

Spotted at the court on Thursday were Ekweremmadu, and his wife Beatrice, Adamu Bulkachuwa, chairman of the Senate committee on foreign affairs, David Mark, former president of the senate; Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, former minister of state for education, and a delegation from the Nigeria high commission, were also present in court.

Furthermore, the case was adjourned till August 4, 2022, in UK.