Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, have sued some agencies of the Federal government over the controversy surrounding the real age of David Ukpo.
Those in the suit are the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc.
Ekweremadu and his wife are currently being detained in the UK police custody, after they were tried before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of Ukpo, alleged to be a minor, for organ harvesting.
The couple has denied the allegations and the court adjourned the matter till July 7 for hearing. However, in an originating summon marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022, dated and filed June 27 by counsel to Senator Ekweremadu – Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, the Ekweremadus asked the court for an order directing the NIMC to supply them with the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the biodata information of David Nwamini Ukpo.
The applicants said Ukpo’s National Identification Number (NIN): 19438077110, which is in the possession of the agency, should also be produced for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo’s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court.
They also sought an order directing the Comptroller-General of the NIS to supply the applicants with the documents and application form of David Nwamini Ukpo in the possession of the 2nd respondent presented for the issuance of International passport No. BO0569974 for the purpose of assisting the criminal investigation and issuing same before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, UK until July 7 in the alleged criminal charge brought against the applicants.
The lawyer noted that documents being sought to be handed over to the applicants will support the applicants in their defence and establish their innocence of the charges in the interest of justice.
Justice Ekwo fixed July 1 for hearing of the matter.