By Efe Onodjae
A businessman and laptop engineer, Oyekan Tobi, has revealed that David Ukpo Nwanmini, who was taken to the United Kingdom by the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, to donate a kidney to their sick daughter, is not a 15-year-old boy.
Tobi, who is also a postgraduate student of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, NIJ, Ogba, Lagos, spoke to Vanguard after the passport of the supposed 15 years old boy surfaced online.
According to him, the boy on the passport with the name David is from Ebonyi state and assisted his elder brother, Linus (also known as ‘Mile 2’) in the market.
“His elder brother deals in phone accessories. It is false to say the boy is 15 years old because a boy of 15 won’t have that energy to handle customers in the market the way David did.
“He’s not a boy you can slap and just walk away. Hence, he should be in his 20s,” he said.
When asked when he last saw David, Tobi said it had been a while since he saw him with his two brothers in the market.
According to him, they sell phone accessories with wheelbarrows in Ikotun market.
Their elder brother, Linus, was once involved in the selling of accessories with wheelbarrows but after a while, he stopped and upgraded to using a shop.
He then brought his three brothers (one of them being David) to take over the wheelbarrow business of selling phone accessories.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police announced that Ekweremadu and his wife were charged to court over the allegation of bringing a child with the name David Ukpo Nwanmini to the UK for organ harvesting.
The police added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May.
Mr. Ekweremadu, who was recently made a Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln, served three terms as Deputy President of the Senate, from 2007 to 2019.
A member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he has been a senator since 2003.
An investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Team took place after detectives were alerted to potential modern-day slavery offences.
Organ harvesting involves removing parts of the body, often for commercial gain and against the will of the victim.