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Ekweremadu: Immigration probes organ donor’s passport

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Ekweremadu and wife arrested in London

The Nigeria Immigration Service says it is investigating the authenticity of the international passport obtained by Nwamini David, the lad who was taken to the United Kingdom by a former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.

The agency boss said it is probing allegations that the travel document may have been fraudulently procured.

The acting Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr Idris Jere, confirmed the investigation on Saturday.

Ekweremadu, representing Enugu West Senatorial District, was arrested by the UK Metropolitan Police on Tuesday along with his wife, Beatrice on allegations of conspiracy to harvest the organs of a minor.

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Ekweremadu and his wife allegedly facilitated David’s entry into the UK to transplant his kidney into their daughter, Sonia, who is suffering from kidney failure.

The couple was arraigned at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London on charges of conspiracy and organ harvest on Thursday.

The prosecutor disclosed that David is a 15-year-old boy, adding that he was not aware that he was in the UK to donate a kidney until he went for a hospital appointment with the Ekweremadus.

A trending picture of David’s passport, however, indicated that he was born on October 12, 2000. This means he is 21 years old.

The passport with number B00569974 was issued in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on November 5, 2021 and would expire on November 4, 2026.

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Responding to inquiries from Sunday PUNCH on the controversy surrounding David’s passport, the CG said the service was probing the passport and would soon come out with its findings.

“We are investigating the passport and the issues surrounding it. We will come out with our findings soon,” Jere stated.

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