A FEDERAL High Court in Abuja has ordered the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to release the certified true copy of the biodata of David Ugbo to Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Neanneka.
Ukpo is the prospective organ donor that was allegedly trafficked to the United Kingdom (UK) by the Ekweremadus in a bid to harvest his kidney for their sick daughter.
The UK Metropolitan Police arrested the Ekweremadus for the alleged crime and they are currently remanded in custody. Ekweremadu and his wife have been charged to court over the matter.
Ekweremadu, a former Deputy Senate President, and his wife had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022 and filed on June 27 by their counsel Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), asked the Abuja Federal High Court for an order directing NIMC to supply them with the certified true copy (CTC) of Ukpo’s biodata.
When the matter came up on Friday, Awomolo prayed the court that Ukpo’s National Identification Number (NIN), which is with NIMC, should be produced to facilitate the criminal investigation and tender same to establish his client’s innocence.
He also asked that the Comptroller General of NIS be directed to provide the Ekweremadus with the documents and application form Ukpo presented to obtain his international passport.
The Ekweremadus also asked the court to order Stanbic IBTC and United Bank for Africa and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System PLC to supply them with the certified true copy of the mandate card and account opening package of Ukpo’s bank accounts.
Awomolo told the court that Ukpo offered to donate one of his kidneys to Ekweremadu’s daughter if his kidney was compatible with hers.
According to him, Ukpo informed the Ekweremadus that he was 21 years old, after which Ekweremadu supported his visa application to the UK with a letter to the British High Commission in Nigeria, explaining the purpose of the visit.
Awomolo added that “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”.
Presiding judge Justice Inyang Ekwo granted the application after noting that evidence showed that the respondents have been served with the motion on notice and did not dispute the facts.
Last week, the London Metropolitan Police arrested and charged Ike Ekweremadu and his wife to court for allegedly bringing an underaged child to the UK for organ harvesting.
They were arraigned before Uxbridge Magistrate Court, which ordered that they be remanded in custody until July 7, when the case will come up again.
Ekweremadu made a second appearance before the court on Thursday.