The young man, David Nwamina, who was reportedly trafficked to the UK by former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in order to obtain his kidney for his sick daughter, is the subject of an investigation by the Federal Government through the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau.
Last Monday, Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice were charged with conspiring to steal organs in the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London.
However, the pair denied the accusations made against them.
Pictures of David’s Nwamina passport subsequently surfaced online.
In a statement released on Monday in response to the news, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, NDPB, ordered an inquiry into the breach of Sonia Ekweremadu’s data privacy and Nwamina data.
The statement read in part, “The National Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, has ordered an investigation into the use and public circulation of the personal data allegedly belonging to Nwamini David and Sonia Ekweremadu in the ongoing case of organ transplant pending before a British Court.
“The bureau notes with concern that certain sensitive personal data purportedly belonging to the two Nigerian citizens (complainant and patient) in this case are being processed by data controllers – particularly media organization – without regard to the implications under the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019.
“NDPR prohibits the processing of personal data without the informed consent or other lawful bases known to law.”
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