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Organ harvesting: Ewerekamadu donor not a minor, UK court rules

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A magistrate’s court in London has ruled that David Ukpo, the supposed kidney donor for the daughter of former deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, is not a minor.

The court gave the ruling on Thursday when Mr Ekweremadu, and his wife Beatrice, appeared before it for trial.

The senator representing Enugu West and his wife are facing charges bordering on conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

DAILY NIGERIAN had reported that a Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday ordered the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, to transmit the Certified True Copy, CTC, of the biodata information of an alleged minor to the Attorney General of the Federation for onward transmission to the UK to aid Mr Ekweremadu’s trial.

The lawmaker’s lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, on July 27 urged Justice Inyang Ekwo to order the release of certain official documents of Ukpo domiciled with NIMC, Nigerian Immigration Service and Stanbic-IBTC Bank for the purpose of effectively defending Mr Ekweremadu in the UK.

Some members of the Nigerian delegation are at the Westminster court in the UK for the trial.

The President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan had disclosed on June 29 that the Senate would send a delegation to the UK to ascertain the particulars of the case.

He also mandated the Senate committee on foreign affairs to engage the British High Commission in Nigeria to get more details on the case.

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