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Ekweremadu request dismissal of David Ukpo’s suit

By Deborah Onyofufeke
Embattled Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, has in a counter affidavit, requested the Federal High Court in Abuja, to dismiss the suit by the alleged organ harvesting victim, David Ukpo, who is seeking to stop the release of his bio-data to a London court.

The detained former senate president had argued that the alleged organ donor, should be willing to release his biodata as requested if he has nothing to fear unless he knows he had lied about his age and is now afraid of the truth coming to light

In the counter affidavit deposed to by Bright Ekweremadu, immediate younger brother of the detained senator in London, Ekweremadu denied the allegations that he demanded Ukpo’s bio-data.

Counsel to Ekweremadu, Mr Eyitayo Fatigun SAN, had argued that it was too late for Ukpo to seek reversal of a valid order that had been executed to determine his real age only, as based on the court’s July 1, 2022, order, the required documents have since been transmitted to two different courts in the United Kingdom.

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Fatigun, prayed the court to dismiss David Ukpo’s suit for being an abuse of court, frivolous and lacking merit, as it has been overtaken by event.

He added that what the Court ordered to be released to the London court was Ukpo’s bank account opening package and the information supplied in his visa application request.

Ukpo’s Counsel, Mr Ojonugwa Oguche, prayed the court to adjourn the matter for him to react to the counter affidavit.

The request was granted, and the matter was fixed for September 20 for a hearing by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo.

Ukpo, the victim of the alleged organ harvesting scandal involving Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, had on August 30 asked the court to set aside its July 1 order for the release of his bio-data for use in a London court in Ekweremadu’s trial.

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Ukpo, while faulting proceedings of the court that led to the issuance of the order claimed that his fundamental rights to a fair hearing and personal privacy had been grossly breached.

He added that neither he nor the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, as Chief Law Officer of the Federation, was made a party in the suit.

The application for the release of Ukpo’s, biodata, was argued by Chief Adegboyega Awomolo SAN and was granted by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo

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