Organ harvesting: Alleged victim asks court not to release bio-data to Ekweremadu

Ike Ekweremadu and wife Beatrice

David Ukpo has filed a motion before a Federal High Court in Abuja, asking the court to reverse its July 1 order for the release of his bio-data for use in a London court.

Ukpo alleges he was flown to the UK by former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and wife Beatrice to have his organ harvested for their sick daughter, Sonia, without his permission.

While UK authorities have established Ukpo is not a minor, they are still pushing the organ harvesting case against the couple.

In a motion on notice which Ukpo filed on Tuesday through his lawyer, Bamidele Igbinedion, he queried the proceedings leading to the issuance of the order, claiming that his fundamental rights to fair hearing and personal privacy had been grossly breached.

He said neither him nor the attorney general of the federation, as chief law officer of the federation, was made a party in the suit.

Ukpo prayed Justice Inyang Ekwo to reverse the order permitting the release of his bio-data to Ekweremadu and his wife for their defence before Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London.

Defendants in the motion bothering on the alleged breach of fundamental rights are the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service; Stanbic IBTC Bank; United Bank for Africa (UBA); and Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System.

The applicant wants the court to restrain the defendants, their agents, privies, staff, and workers from releasing any information concerning him to Ekweremadu and his wife.

Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until September 13 for hearing.