Posted by News Express | 14 September 2022 | 3,321 times
A 24-year-old female skit maker, Annastasia Olamma, has said her family is against her decision to donate one of her kidneys to Sonia Ekweremadu, daughter of a former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
Olamma had on Tuesday made the offer after Sonia announced that she needed a kidney donor because she had been diagnosed with rare kidney disease, FSGS Nephrotic Syndrome.
Sonia made the announcement on social media months after her parents were arrested in the United Kingdom and charged by the UK Metropolitan Police with conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person for organ harvesting.
Reacting, Olamma stated that she was ready to donate her kidney to save Sonia and would want nothing in return.
The offer came weeks after the skit maker trended on social media for begging to be married to veteran Nollywood actor, Kenneth Aguba, who was homeless at the time.
She wrote on Facebook, “I (Annastasia Michael Olamma) want to donate one of my kidneys to Sonia Ekweremadu to save her life. I have made up my mind to do this to prove women can help women.
“If any of her relatives, mum, dad, and siblings cannot give out their kidneys to save their bloodline, then I will donate my own to save Sonia and I demand nothing in return. I pray it matches with her own.”
However, Olamma’s family members kicked against her decision, forcing her to take to Facebook Live to plead with them to allow her to go ahead with it.
“Yes, my family members are against it. I expected that initially because when my dad got to know about it, he wasn’t cool with the idea. He was like ‘you want to go and kill yourself?’ My family, I know this thing might hurt you people but please I am begging you… I wish to save somebody’s life. Pray for me so that nothing will happen to me. Pray for me so that the whole thing will go successfully,” she said.
Ekweremadu’s counter affidavit
Meanwhile, Ekweremadu, asked a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday to dismiss the suit filed by the alleged organ harvest victim, David Ukpo, seeking to prevent the release of his bio-data to a London Court.
In a counter affidavit to the suit, Ekweremadu stated that Ukpo has no reason to be concerned about the release of his visa application information and bank account opening package unless he lied about his true age.
The detained legislator in the counter affidavit deposed to by his immediate younger brother, Bright Ekweremadu, denied the allegations that he demanded Ukpo’s bio-data.
Rather, the deponent averred that what the Federal High Court ordered to be released to London Court was Ukpo’s bank account opening package and the information supplied in his visa application request.
Ekweremadu said that based on a July 1, 2022, order of the court, the required documents have since been transmitted to two different courts in the UK.
The Senator averred that it was too late in the day for Ukpo to seek reversal of a valid order that had been executed to determine his real age only.
He, therefore, prayed the court to dismiss the suit for being frivolous, an abuse of court, and lacking in merit, having been overtaken by events.
At Tuesday’s proceedings, Ukpo’s lawyer, 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 hearing by Justice Inyang Ekwo.
Ekweremadu was represented by Eyitayo Fatigun, SAN.
Ukpo, the victim of the alleged organ harvesting scandal involving Senator Ike 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. (The PUNCH: Text, excluding headline)
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