Purported picture of alleged 15yr-old kidney donor to Ekweremadu’s daughter trends
The purported picture of the young man who allegedly accepted to donate kidney to the sick daughter of Senator Ike Ekweremadu is trending online.
Ekweremadu, who was arrested alongside his wife, was charged with trafficking a child to the country for the sole purpose of harvesting his organs.
Although, the former deputy senate president and his wife Beatrice in a statement through their legal representatives, have denied all charges of human trafficking and organ harvesting filed against them before a UK magistrate’s court.
The Enugu born politician said they did not procure a minor in order to kidnap and harvest his organ, contradicting the charges filed by the Metropolitan Police at Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court, London, on Thursday afternoon.
The charges were “nothing short of preposterous,” the Ekweremadus said through their lawyer Gavin Irwin, who added that the couple never “arranged transport for anyone with intention to exploit them.”
Despite denying the allegations, the duo were remanded in custody until the commencement of their trial on July 7.
Mr Ekweremadu’s records “taken together go way beyond him being a person of good character…rather that he has led a blameless life as a public servant,” his lawyers added.
Antonia Gray, a lawyer to Mrs Ekweremadu, said: “She has never been complicit or involved in any alleged illegal trafficking of any young person.”
“She is a financial accountant with an unblemished record,” the lawyer added.
A letter which Mr Ekweremadu wrote to the UK High Commission seeking to procure a visa for someone named David Ukpo.
The December 28, 2021, letter signed personally by Mr Ekweremadu specifically said he was supporting Mr Ukpo’s visa application because he wanted him to undergo medical examinations in the UK with the purpose of donating a kidney to his daughter Sonia Ekweremadu.
However, the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh through his official Facebook page, released a picture claimed to be of Mr David Ukpo who was widely reported to be 15 years of age.
Mr. Metuh, however, later deleted the photo from his official Facebook page after fresh reports claimed that the image is that of “Jeremiah Vincent“, and not “David Ukpo“.
Below is the photo posted by the former National Publicity Secretary:
However, an entirely new photo, purported to be David Ukpo, aka David Nwamini, has appeared online. See the photo below: