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The court orders NIMC and others to release Ukpo’s biodata after ruling in favor of Ekweremadu

In a case file where the Nigeria Immigration Service and the National Identity Management Commission were named as respondents, an Abuja-based Federal High Court on Friday found in favor of the troubled former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice.

Remember that Senator Ekweremadu and his wife were recently detained and arrested in the United Kingdom for allegedly conspiring to smuggle a kid to the country for the purpose of organ harvesting.

The pair were said to have taken David Ukpo Nwamini to the UK so they could remove his organs. Since the London Metropolitan Police’s arrest of Ekweremadu, several controversies have arisen.

The pair were then charged at Uxbridge Magistrate Court, which ruled that they should remain in detention until July 7 while the charges against them are being looked into.

The NIS claimed it granted an international passport indicating Nwamini’s age as 21 after following the proper procedures, despite the Met police reporting that he was 15.

Ekweremadu and his wife filed a lawsuit against NIMC and four other parties on June 27 through the assistance of their attorney and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Adegboyega Awomolo.

Awomolo addressed the court in Abuja to request an order requiring the NIMC to submit the Certified True Copy of the details of David Ukpo Nwamini in defense of his clients from the accusations.

The SAN requested that the court order the production of Nwamini’s National Identification Number (NIN), which is in the hands of the NIMC, in order to aid the criminal investigation and provide it as evidence of his client’s innocence.

Additionally, he requested that the NIS Comptroller General be instructed to give his clients access to the paperwork and application form that Nwamini used to apply for his international passport in order to aid in the criminal investigation and present it to the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in the UK.

A court order instructing Stanbic IBTC Bank and UBA to deliver the Certified True Copy of Nwamini’s mandate card and opening account package in their possession was another request made by the SAN.

The Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Stanbic-IBTC Bank, United Bank of Africa (UBA), and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc are also cited in the lawsuit as the second through fifth respondents, respectively.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, who heard the case on Friday, ordered the NIMC and two involved commercial banks to provide the couple access to the information they had on Nwamini.

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