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LATEST: Ekweremadu Asks Court To Dismiss Alleged Organ Harvesting Case

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the detained former Deputy Senate President, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the suit filed by the alleged organ harvesting victim, David Ukpo, seeking to prevent the release of his bio-data to a London court.

In a counter-affidavit to the suit, Ekweremadu stated that Ukpo has no reason to be afraid of releasing his visa application information and bank account opening package unless he lied about his true age.

Bright Ekweremadu, the detained senator’s immediate younger brother, denied the allegations that he demanded Ukpo’s bio-data in his counter-affidavit.

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Rather, the deponent claimed that the Federal High Court ordered Ukpo’s bank account opening package and the information provided in his visa application request to be released to the London court.

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In any case, Ekweremadu revealed that, in accordance with the court’s July 1, 2022, order, the necessary documents have been sent to two different courts in the United Kingdom.

The senator claimed that it was too late in the day for Ukpo to seek reversal of a valid order that had been carried out solely to ascertain his true age.

As a result, he petitioned the court to dismiss the suit as frivolous, an abuse of court, and devoid of merit, having been overtaken by event.

During Tuesday’s proceedings, Ukpo’s lawyer, Mr Ojonugwa Oguche, asked the court to adjourn the case so that he could respond to the counter-affidavit.

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Mr Eyitayo Fatigun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, represented Ekweremadu.

The request was granted, and the matter was scheduled for hearing on September 20 by Justice Inyan Edem Ekwo.

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Ukpo, a victim of the alleged organ harvesting scandal involving Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, had asked the court on August 30 to set aside its July 1 order releasing his bio-data for use in Ekweremadu’s trial in a London court.

While criticizing the court proceedings that led to the issuance of the order, Ukpo claimed that his fundamental rights to a fair hearing and personal privacy had been groosly breached.

His complaint was that neither he nor the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, as the Federation’s Chief Law Officer, were made parties to the suit.

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Chief Adegboyega Awomolo SAN argued the application for the release of the bank account opening package, which was granted by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo, prompting the Attorney General of the Federation AGF to transmit the records to the London court in accordance with the Nigerian court’s order.

 

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