By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said that it followed due process in issuing a Nigerian passport to David Ukpo Nwamini, who was allegedly trafficked to the United Kingdom for organ harvesting by former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.
Nwamini had allegedly claimed to be a minor after he arrived in the UK where he was to donate his kidney to Ekweremadu’s daughter, Sonia.
However, photos of his Nigerian passport circulated on social media, showed his date of birth to be October 12, 2000, placing him at 21 years old.
Addressing the controversy surrounding his age, the Comptroller General of the NIS, Idris Jere, at a press conference on Sunday, said Nwamini is indeed 21, according to his record in the possession of the NIS, discarding claims that the Service didn’t thoroughly vet the documents provided by the applicant.
“The fact of the matter concerning the case above, therefore, are that Mr David Ukpo Nwamini applied and paid for the e-passport using the NIS portal after which he approached the passport office in Gwagwalada, Abuja, on November 2, 2021 for his interview.
“To support his application, Mr Nwamini presented all necessary documents required including his birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission, showing October 12, 2000 as his date of birth; his National Identification Number, issued by NIMC corroborating the date of birth; a Certificate of Origin issued by Ebonyi State Government Liaison office in Abuja, and a guarantor’s form duly signed.
“NIS relies on documentation supplied by other agencies and we are not under any obligation to go to those agencies to verify those documents. What we do is that we look at the documents and applicants physically. Once that is done, we go ahead to process,” Jere said.