As controversy continues to trail the arrest and trial of Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, in the United Kingdom, Jonathan Ukpo Nwanmini, younger brother of David Ukpo Nwanmini, the alleged victim of organ trafficking saga has reacted to the controversy surrounding his brother’s age.
While David’s passport shared online revealed he is 22-years-old in contrast to him allegedly telling Metropolitan police detectives that he is 15-years-old, his brother told Sunday Vanguard that he is 25-years-old.
He also disclosed that David told him he’s traveling abroad to school. Jonathan said;
”David is my elder brother because we are both of the same father with different mothers and we hail from Ebonyi State. I will be 22 years old by next month and David is 25 years old. I am aware that he travelled because he told me. He did not disclose the country he was travelling to. He simply told me he was going to school abroad.
“After some months of not hearing from him, I got his number from his girlfriend and called him. I asked about his studies and work.
“He said it was fine but that he was not working yet as he needed to go to school first before he could be given a working paper. I told him about our dad who was not feeling fine.
“This was the conversation we had this month since January when he travelled. He was staying with us here in Ikotun before he left. We both sell phone accessories. We spoke last week. We even spoke again this week.”
Another businessman in Ikotun who pleaded anonymity also told Sunday Vanguard that;
“David left Nigeria in January. He told us that someone promised to sponsor his education in the UK. He never mentioned the name of the person, but from what I have read online, it might be that the person was an intermediary between David and the former Deputy Speaker.”
Recall that on Thursday June 23, the Metropolitan Police announced that Ekweremadu and his wife were charged to court over the allegation of bringing a child with the name David to the UK for organ harvesting.
The couple have since being in custody as court refused to grant them bail pending their commencement of their trial in July.