There is a new twist to Ike Ekweremadu and wife, Beatrice’s organ transplant saga as passport of David Ukpo Nwamini, the young man involved in the kidney donation to Sonia Ekweremadu, daughter of embattled former Deputy President of the Senate, has been unearthed, indicating he is 21 years old.
Also various photos of him, including some with his girlfriend have also surfaced online which seem to show that he cannot be the 15 years he is claiming for his asylum request in the United Kingdom
On the data page of Nwamini’s international passport, which Ekweremadu provided in an introductory letter to the medical visa application submitted to the British High Commission in Abuja, it was indicated he was born on October 12, 2000. This puts the age of the passport holder in question at 21.
Nevertheless, under British law, which clearly defines what it calls modern slavery, being above 18 years is not enough reason to acquit the Ekweremadus, as the question of consent is of utmost importance.
Questions too would remain with respect to whether the birth date on the passport is indeed David’s real age or if it was concocted for the sole purpose of fulfilling all righteousness.
Recall that Senator Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice were arrested by UK authorities earlier in the week and arraigned for conspiracy to arrange the travel of a child, child trafficking, potential modern slavery, and organ harvesting in the UK on Thursday.
The couple appeared in court on Thursday afternoon in London and were denied bail.
But in a fresh twist, a letter that accompanied the visa application of Nwamini, alleged to be a 15-year-old homeless child showed that Ekweremadu informed the UK authorities that he was taking the person abroad for a kidney transplant for his daughter.
The document seen showed Mr Ekweremadu applied for visa for Nwamini on December 28, 2021.
“I am writing in support of the visa application made by Mr Ukpo Nwamini David who is currently having medical investigations for a kidney donation to Ms Sonia Ekweremadu.
“David and Sonia will be at the Royal Free Hospital London, and I will be providing the necessary funding. I have enclosed a statement of my bank account,” the letter said.
A close source to the Ekweremadus disclosed that the Senator was not involved in any organ trafficking.
“Senator Ekweremadu has a daughter who needs a transplant. A willing donor was seen in Nigeria and travel preparations were made. He did write to the British High Commission, explaining the situation. The donor travelled to the UK with the patient. The donor is a 21 year old man and not a girl. He is not a minor. As it happened, the organ did not even match. Not wanting to return to Nigeria, the donor went to report that he was trafficked to London for possible organ harvest, believing same would guarantee him asylum.” the source said.