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Organ harvesting: Ekweremadu ask court to dismiss Ukpo’s plea

Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have prayed a Federal High Court, Abuja to dismiss an application filed by David Ukpo, the kidney donor, asking the court to set aside its orders made on July 1 and July 6.

Ukpo, through his lawyer, Bamidele Igbinedion, had filed a motion on notice, urging Justice Inyang Ekwo to set aside the orders directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to Ekweremadu and his wife.

Ukpo, who is currently in the UK in connection with the alleged organ harvesting charge against the Ekweremadus, had said that granting the couple’s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

But in a counter affidavit deposed to by Bright Ekweremadu, the immediate younger brother to the ex-Deputy Senate President, the applicants said Ukpo was not entitled to the reliefs sought as the law does not permit such.

In a 20-point argument, Ekweremadu averred that though the court gave its ruling on July 1, Ukpo’s right to a fair hearing was not breached.

He said that the documents which were released by the agencies and banks upon the orders of the court had been transmitted to the UK and the same had been “tendered at the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, and at the Central Criminal Court in the UK and have subsequently formed part of the record of the courts.

He said the documents were required to prove the actual age of Ukpo, who claimed to be 15 years of age but believed to be well over 21.

According to him, if the applicant (Ukpo) had not lied about his age he has nothing to fear and the document will hear him out.

Upon resumed hearing in the matter, Ojonugwa Oguche, counsel for Ukpo, informed that he was served with a counter affidavit by the Ekweremadus earlier in the morning and would need to reply on points of law.

Counsel to the respondents, including that of the Ekweremadus, Eyitayo Falogun, did not oppose the request and Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter till September 20 for hearing at the instance of Ukpo’s lawyer.

Lady offers her kidney to Sonia Ekweremadu

A 24-year-old lady, Annastasia Michael, has responded to the plea of the daughter of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Sonia for a kidney donor.

In an open letter on a Facebook post on Monday, Anastasia offered to donate one of her kidneys for free to save the life of Sonia.

“I (Annastasia Michael olamma) want to donate one of my Kidney to sonia Ekweremadu to save her life. I have made up my mind to do this to prove women can help women’’, she wrote.

She made the offer barely 24 hours after Sonia Ekweremadu made a passionate appeal to the public for a kidney donor.

Annastasia said she had already forwarded a mail to the email address provided by Sonia.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu; Editing by Tina Oyinsan