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Ekweremadu: Court orders NIS, NIMC to release David Ukpo’s data

Adegboyega Awomolo, counsel to Ike Ekweremadu addressing newsmen

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Immigration Services and the National Identity Management Commission to supply to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, a Certified True Copy of the biodata information of David Nwamini Ukpo to ascertain his real age.

Other respondents in the suit are Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc.

Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order in a suit filed by Ekweremmadu and his wife, on the 27th of last month, through their counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo.

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

In addition, Justice Ekwo directed 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.

Chief Awomolo told the court that the applicants had a daughter, Sonia Ekweremadu, who suffered from kidney failure for five years and urgently needed a kidney transplant to save her life.

Speaking with journalists, Awomolo said Ukpo was 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.

Ekweremmadu and his wife are 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 until the 7th of this month for the hearing.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Tina Oyinsan