Alleged Organ Trafficking: Ukpo Asks Court To Stop Bio-Data Release To Ekweremadu, London Court

The dilemma of former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekwerenmadu, over alleged organ harvesting continued on Tuesday with David Ukpo, the victim, asking a Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside its July 1 order for the release of his bio-data for use in a London Court in Ekweremadu’s trial.

Ukpo, who faulted proceedings of the court which led to issuance of the order, claimed that his fundamental rights to fair hearing and personal privacy has been grossly breached.

He faulted the suit, as according to him, neither the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), who is the Chief Law Officer of the Federation, nor he was made a party in the litigation.

In a motion on notice filed by his lawyer, Bamidele Igbinedion, the plaintiff asked Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo to reverse the order permitting the release of his bio-data to Ekweremadu and his wife for their defence before Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London.

Defendants in the motion bordering on alleged breach of fundamental rights are National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Stanbic IBTC Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA)) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System.

The applicant also prayed the court to restrain the defendants, their agents, privies, staff and workers from releasing any information concerning him to Ekweremadu and his wife for their defence in the London Court.

Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, were arraigned over charges bordering on a plot to arrange the travel of David Nwamini with a view of harvesting his organ.

Beatrice Ekweremadu was, however, granted bail while the former Deputy Senate President on the other hand was denied bail.

According to the Common Sergeant of London, Judge Richard Marks: “The position is that I have granted bail to Beatrice subject to some fairly stringent conditions but I have refused bail to Ike.”

The UK-based Daily Mail reported that Beatrice was charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, between August 1 last year and May 5, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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