There is evidence that the young man who was supposed to donate a kidney to the daughter of embattled former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu was actually over 21 years old, AIT News Reported.
This is according to information on the data page of the international passport bearing David Ukpo Nwamini, the same name in which Ekweremadu submitted an introduction letter in the medical visa application filed with the British High Commission in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The passport’s date of issue is listed as November 4, 2021, while his date of birth is October 12 . 2000. This makes the age of the passport holder in question 21.
But under UK law, being over 18 is not enough. The issue of consent is another burden Ekweremadu has to shoulder.
Senator Ekweremadu wanted a kidney transplant for his ailing daughter, identified as Sonia, and the procedure was scheduled to take place at the Royal Free Hospital in London
The British High Commission duly issued the visa to the alleged donor, who later reported to the British authorities on arrival that he was being held under conditions became slavery. Further investigation into his mission in the UK led to the arrest of Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice, with the Metropolitan Police describing the individual as a minor aged 15.
Both Ekweremadu and his wife were charged in Uxbridge Magistrates Court on Thursday. Their request for bail has been denied and they are to remain in custody until the next court date on July 7 Metropolitan Police issued a statement on their website stating:
“[A] Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (9/10/66) from Nigeria, is accused of conspiracy to organize/ facilitating another person’s travel for the purpose of exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
“[B] Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (05/12/62) from Nigeria, is charged with Charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate another person’s travel for the purpose of exploitation, namely organ harvesting”
The Metropolitan Police added: “One child has been protected and we are working closely with them partners together for further support. As criminal proceedings are now pending, we will not be releasing any further details.”