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Ekweremadu: ‘Organ donor’s passport under investigation’ — NIS

The authenticity of the passport obtained by Nwamini David, who was alleged to have been trafficked to the United Kingdom for organ harvest by a former Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, is now being investigated.

This development was revealed to The PUNCH by the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, through its acting Comptroller-General, Idris Jere who said the Service is probing allegations that the travel document may have been fraudulently procured.

It would be recalled that Ekweremadu, the senator representing Enugu West Senatorial District, was arrested by the United Kingdom Metropolitan Police on Tuesday with his wife, for conspiracy to harvest the organs of a minor.

Specifically, Ekweremadu and his wife allegedly facilitated David’s entry into the UK to transplant his kidney into their daughter, Sonia, who is suffering from kidney failure.

They were consequently arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London on charges of conspiracy and organ harvest last Thursday.

The prosecutor had informed the court that David is a 15-year-old boy, adding that he was not aware that he was in the UK to donate a kidney until he went for a hospital appointment with the Ekweremadus.

But a trending picture of David’s passport indicated that he was born on October 12, 2000, which meant that he (David) is 21 years old.

The passport with number B00569974 was issued in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on November 5, 2021, and would expire on November 4, 2026.

According to the NIS DG, “We are investigating the passport and the issues surrounding it. We will come out with our findings soon.”

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