Court orders NIMC, others to release David Ukpo’s biodata to Ekweremadu
The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and others to release the certified true copy (CTC) of David Ukpo’s biodata to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling on Friday following an originating summon marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/984/2022, moved by Mr Ekweremadu’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.
On June 27, Mr Ekweremadu and wife had, in the application dated and filed on June 27 by Mr Awomolo, sued NIMC and four others.
Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively.
The request follows the arrest of the couple on June 23 in the UK over allegations that they conspired to illegally harvest the organ of the reportedly underaged David. The UK police subsequently arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court last Thursday and have since been remanded after being denied bail.
They, however, denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing.
But in the originating summon, the duo prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply them with the CTC of Ukpo’s biodata information in their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to David’s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court.
When the matter was called, Mr Awomolo informed the court that an application had been filed, seeking the order striking out the name of the 5th defendant (Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc) and Justice Ekwo granted the prayer.
The senior lawyer told the court that all the defendants had been served with the court processes.
Justice Ekwo then asked lawyer to the 4th defendant (United Bank of Africa), G. O. Maduka, if they were served and he responded in affirmative.
According to him, after going through their motion on notice, we felt we have no reaction to it.
Moving his motion, Mr Awomolo said the application dated and filed on June 27 was supported by an affidavit and a written address.
“I respectfully adopted all the processes my lord,” he said.
Mr Awomolo, however, called the attention of the court to letters written by the defendants, indicating that until his client’s application is granted by the court, “they will not be able to respond to their request.”
In a short ruling, the judge held that having been satisfied that the defendants had been served and looking at the averments in the application, “I make an order granting the prayers.”
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