Dispute over Ekweremadu organ harvest: NIS claims David is 21 years old, not 15 as some have alleged. – TrendyNewsReporters

Dispute over Ekweremadu organ harvest: NIS claims David is 21 years old, not 15 as some have alleged.

by Ebor Cletus Ralph Jr

The alleged organ harvesting scandal involving a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and a young man named David Ukpo Nwamina has been detailed by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

According to rumours, he was scheduled to donate a kidney for the politician’s sick daughter. This became a controversy, and the Senator and his wife, Beatrice, were detained by the London Metropolitan Police last week as a result.

The couple is currently being held in custody while awaiting their July 7 trial after being charged with conspiracy and organ harvesting on Thursday before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London.

Following the “organ harvesting” crisis that has rocked Ekweremadu and his family, the NIS released a statement on Sunday claiming that Ukpo is actually 21 years old rather than the 15 that has been suggested.

The Service asserted that Ukpo is not underage as claimed in the NIS statement, which was signed by the Comptroller General Isah Jere, and denied involvement in providing a fraudulent passport to him.

“The Service wishes to set the record straight by informing the general public that the views being expressed that the service did not properly vet the breeder documents issued by the applicant during his passport application process are not correct, but mere fabrications aimed at tarnishing the image of the Service,” the statement reads.

“The facts of the matter concerning the case above, therefore, are that the said Mr David Ukpo Nwamina applied and paid for the Enhanced e-passport using the NIS portal after which he approached the Gwagwalada Passport Office, FCT Abuja, on November 2, 2021, for his interview.

“To support his application, Mr Nwamina presented all the necessary documents required, including his birth certificate issued by National Population Commission, showing October 12, 2000, as his date of birth; his National Identity Number, issued by NIMC corroborating the date of birth; a certificate of origin issued by Ebonyi State Government Liaison Office Abuja, and a Guarantor’s form duly signed.

“In view of the above, the general public may wish to be informed that the date of birth, or any other information, on any Nigerian passport is printed on the document only after a thorough vetting process that involves both the applicant’s breeder documents and the person. Mr Nwamina’s case, therefore, was not an exception.”



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