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  •  The National Senior Citizens Centre NSCC on Tuesday donated some relief materials to Old People s Home in Gwagwalada and Kado Estate in the Federal Capital Territory to mark the National Day of Older Persons in Nigeria The Director General of NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro represented by the Head of Department Stakeholders Engagement and Community Relations Mrs Olive Onono said the gesture was to celebrate the National Day for older persons News Agency of Nigeria reports that the relief items include bag of rice toiletries bottle water detergents and others As you know Oct 1 is our Independence Day and also International Day for the Elderly but President Muhammadu Buhari in his good mind designated Oct 5 as our own National Day of Older Persons We started our programmes on Oct 1 with a Radio Programme Today we have visited Old People s Home in Gwagwalada spent time with them and are now here in Amazing Grace Foundation s Old People s Home We tagged it A Day Out With Older Persons so we brought palliatives that would address some of their challenges We also have some form of partnership with NIMC Primary Health Care and others to care for Older Persons We have some programmes like indigenous led craft that showcase talents by older persons in every state of the federation They will identify three craft and we support them Omokaro said Also Founder of the Amazing Grace Foundation Dr Mary Ifeayinwa Obegolu expressed joy at the visit by officials of the NSCC It shows that they are now coming down to interact with the people who are directly affected by their rules and regulations or by the work they are doing So I am happy We should have a health and welfare scheme for the aged to take care of them especially the poor and vulnerable older persons There should be a programme for them to enable them to be integrated into the society and for us who are handling them NSCC should partner with us to give the 1 860 of them in our care Obegolu said NAN also reports that activities to mark the National Day of Older Persons in Nigeria will continue with a Slow Carnival and Road Walk on Wednesday to create awareness There would also be a Resilience to Empowerment Conference on Friday when there would be Grey and Vintage Fair an Exhibition of Arts and Crafts of Older Persons to the economy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Senior Citizens Centre donates relief items to old people’s home
     The National Senior Citizens Centre NSCC on Tuesday donated some relief materials to Old People s Home in Gwagwalada and Kado Estate in the Federal Capital Territory to mark the National Day of Older Persons in Nigeria The Director General of NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro represented by the Head of Department Stakeholders Engagement and Community Relations Mrs Olive Onono said the gesture was to celebrate the National Day for older persons News Agency of Nigeria reports that the relief items include bag of rice toiletries bottle water detergents and others As you know Oct 1 is our Independence Day and also International Day for the Elderly but President Muhammadu Buhari in his good mind designated Oct 5 as our own National Day of Older Persons We started our programmes on Oct 1 with a Radio Programme Today we have visited Old People s Home in Gwagwalada spent time with them and are now here in Amazing Grace Foundation s Old People s Home We tagged it A Day Out With Older Persons so we brought palliatives that would address some of their challenges We also have some form of partnership with NIMC Primary Health Care and others to care for Older Persons We have some programmes like indigenous led craft that showcase talents by older persons in every state of the federation They will identify three craft and we support them Omokaro said Also Founder of the Amazing Grace Foundation Dr Mary Ifeayinwa Obegolu expressed joy at the visit by officials of the NSCC It shows that they are now coming down to interact with the people who are directly affected by their rules and regulations or by the work they are doing So I am happy We should have a health and welfare scheme for the aged to take care of them especially the poor and vulnerable older persons There should be a programme for them to enable them to be integrated into the society and for us who are handling them NSCC should partner with us to give the 1 860 of them in our care Obegolu said NAN also reports that activities to mark the National Day of Older Persons in Nigeria will continue with a Slow Carnival and Road Walk on Wednesday to create awareness There would also be a Resilience to Empowerment Conference on Friday when there would be Grey and Vintage Fair an Exhibition of Arts and Crafts of Older Persons to the economy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Senior Citizens Centre donates relief items to old people’s home
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    Senior Citizens Centre donates relief items to old people’s home

    The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) on Tuesday donated some relief materials to Old People’s Home in Gwagwalada and Kado Estate in the Federal Capital Territory, to mark the National Day of Older Persons in Nigeria.

    The Director-General of NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro, represented by the Head of Department, Stakeholders Engagement and Community Relations, Mrs Olive Onono, said the gesture was to celebrate the National Day for older persons.

    News Agency of Nigeria reports that the relief items include bag of rice, toiletries, bottle water, detergents and others.

    “As you know, Oct.1 is our Independence Day and also International Day for the Elderly, but President Muhammadu Buhari in his good mind, designated Oct. 5 as our own National Day of Older Persons.

    “We started our programmes on Oct. 1 with a Radio Programme.

    Today we have visited Old People’s Home in Gwagwalada, spent time with them, and are now here in Amazing Grace Foundation’s Old People’s Home.“We tagged it ‘A Day Out With Older Persons’, so we brought palliatives that would address some of their challenges.

    “We also have some form of partnership with NIMC, Primary Health Care and others to care for Older Persons.

    “We have some programmes like indigenous led craft that showcase talents by older persons in every state of the federation.

    They will identify three craft and we support them,” Omokaro said.

    Also, Founder of the Amazing Grace Foundation, Dr Mary Ifeayinwa Obegolu, expressed joy at the visit by officials of the NSCC.

    “It shows that they are now coming down to interact with the people who are directly affected by their rules and regulations or by the work they are doing.

    So I am happy.

    “We should have a health and welfare scheme for the aged to take care of them, especially the poor and vulnerable older persons.

    “There should be a programme for them to enable them to be integrated into the society; and for us who are handling them, NSCC should partner with us to give the 1,860 of them in our care,” Obegolu said.

    NAN also reports that activities to mark the National Day of Older Persons in Nigeria will continue with a Slow Carnival and Road Walk on Wednesday to create awareness.

    There would also be a Resilience to Empowerment Conference on Friday when there would be Grey and Vintage Fair, an Exhibition of Arts and Crafts of Older Persons to the economy.


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  •  The National Assembly says the Data Protection Bill will be passed into law within 30 days of receiving it from the Federal Executive Council FEC The Chairman Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology ICT and Cybercrime Yakubu Oseni made the promise at a one day sensitisation workshop on data protection organised for members of the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday According to Oseni since the Federal Government has created the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau NDPB for data protection there is a need to enact a law to guide its operations I want to assure you that as National Assembly members we will make sure that we do justice to the bill We need to give legal backing to the agency We are waiting for them to bring the bill and we will ensure it gets to the president within one month he said According to the Senator this is legislation that is supposed to have seen the light of the day since 2019 But unfortunately when the bill was sent to the president it was not assented to Now that it is coming from the executive side I believe that it will see the light of the This is an agency set up to protect the data of individuals and organisations he said According to him your data is your property and before somebody has access to your data in any form he or she has to seek your consent Also the Chairman House Committee on ICT and Cybercrime Abubakar Lado gave the agency assurance that the House of Representatives would expedite action on the bill As National Assembly we are committed to the well being of Nigerians We want to assure the agency that anytime the bill comes to us we will ensure its speedy passage Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami who spoke virtually harped on the importance of the bill to data privacy and confidentiality The event is to sensitise our National Assembly members before the executive bill is presented to the national assembly so that they can block all the gaps This bill will ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the data of our citizens he said The National Executive Officer of NDPB Dr Vincent Olatunji while responding to questions said the bill would be ready by October Olatunji earlier said that the agency had created over 8 000 jobs by certifying over 5 000 data protection experts By October we will send the bill to the minister who will forward it to the Federal Executive Council FEC for it to be sent as an Executive bill to the National Assembly Our belief is that the bill will be passed before the end of this year he said The Project Coordinator Nigeria Digital Identification for Development ID4D Mr Solomon Odole said all relevant stakeholders needed to be carried along to avoid hiccups with the bill We need to carry all relevant stakeholders along such as National Identity Management Commission NIMC Legislations and others We know that if they are not carried along the bill may suffer the same fate as the previous one he said Mr Olumide Osundolire from Banwo and Ighodalo Law Firm who gave an overview of the current data protection landscape in Nigeria highlighted the history and development of privacy and data protection NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NASS to pass data protection bill within 30 days
     The National Assembly says the Data Protection Bill will be passed into law within 30 days of receiving it from the Federal Executive Council FEC The Chairman Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology ICT and Cybercrime Yakubu Oseni made the promise at a one day sensitisation workshop on data protection organised for members of the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday According to Oseni since the Federal Government has created the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau NDPB for data protection there is a need to enact a law to guide its operations I want to assure you that as National Assembly members we will make sure that we do justice to the bill We need to give legal backing to the agency We are waiting for them to bring the bill and we will ensure it gets to the president within one month he said According to the Senator this is legislation that is supposed to have seen the light of the day since 2019 But unfortunately when the bill was sent to the president it was not assented to Now that it is coming from the executive side I believe that it will see the light of the This is an agency set up to protect the data of individuals and organisations he said According to him your data is your property and before somebody has access to your data in any form he or she has to seek your consent Also the Chairman House Committee on ICT and Cybercrime Abubakar Lado gave the agency assurance that the House of Representatives would expedite action on the bill As National Assembly we are committed to the well being of Nigerians We want to assure the agency that anytime the bill comes to us we will ensure its speedy passage Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami who spoke virtually harped on the importance of the bill to data privacy and confidentiality The event is to sensitise our National Assembly members before the executive bill is presented to the national assembly so that they can block all the gaps This bill will ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the data of our citizens he said The National Executive Officer of NDPB Dr Vincent Olatunji while responding to questions said the bill would be ready by October Olatunji earlier said that the agency had created over 8 000 jobs by certifying over 5 000 data protection experts By October we will send the bill to the minister who will forward it to the Federal Executive Council FEC for it to be sent as an Executive bill to the National Assembly Our belief is that the bill will be passed before the end of this year he said The Project Coordinator Nigeria Digital Identification for Development ID4D Mr Solomon Odole said all relevant stakeholders needed to be carried along to avoid hiccups with the bill We need to carry all relevant stakeholders along such as National Identity Management Commission NIMC Legislations and others We know that if they are not carried along the bill may suffer the same fate as the previous one he said Mr Olumide Osundolire from Banwo and Ighodalo Law Firm who gave an overview of the current data protection landscape in Nigeria highlighted the history and development of privacy and data protection NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NASS to pass data protection bill within 30 days
    General news2 months ago

    NASS to pass data protection bill within 30 days

    The National Assembly says the Data Protection Bill will be passed into law within 30 days of receiving it from the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

    The Chairman Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cybercrime, Yakubu Oseni, made the promise at a one-day sensitisation workshop on data protection organised for members of the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday.

    According to Oseni, since the Federal Government has created the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) for data protection, there is a need to enact a law to guide its operations.

    “I want to assure you that as National Assembly members, we will make sure that we do justice to the bill.

    We need to give legal backing to the agency.

    “We are waiting for them to bring the bill and we will ensure it gets to the president within one month,” he said.

    According to the  Senator,  this is legislation that is supposed to have seen the light of the day since 2019. “But unfortunately when the bill was sent to the president it was not assented to.

    “Now that it is coming from the executive side,  I believe that it will see the light of the.

    “This is an agency set up to protect the data of individuals and organisations,” he said.

    According to him, your data is your property, and before somebody has access to your data in any form he or she has to seek your consent.

    Also, the Chairman House Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Abubakar Lado, gave the agency assurance that the House of Representatives would expedite action on the bill.

    ” As National Assembly, we are committed to the well-being of Nigerians.

    “We want to assure the agency that anytime the bill comes to us we will ensure its speedy passage.

    Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who spoke virtually, harped on the importance of the bill to data privacy and confidentiality.

    “The event is to sensitise our National Assembly members before the executive bill is presented to the national assembly so that they can block all the gaps.

    “This bill will ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the data of our citizens,” he said.

    The National Executive Officer of NDPB, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, while responding to questions said the bill would be ready by October.

    Olatunji earlier said that the agency had created over 8,000 jobs by certifying over 5,000 data protection experts.

    “By October we will send the bill to the minister who will forward it to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for it to be sent as an Executive bill to the National Assembly.

    “Our belief is that the bill will be passed before the end of this year,” he said.

    The Project Coordinator, Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D), Mr Solomon Odole, said all relevant stakeholders needed to be carried along to avoid hiccups with the bill.

    ‘We need to carry all relevant stakeholders along, such as National Identity Management Commission(NIMC), Legislations and others.

    “We know that if they are not carried along the bill may suffer the same fate as the previous one,” he said.

    Mr Olumide Osundolire from Banwo and Ighodalo Law Firm, who gave an overview of the current data protection landscape in Nigeria, highlighted the history and development of privacy and data protection.


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  •  A Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday fixed Dec 5 for ruling on an application filed by David Ukpo the kidney donor asking the court to set aside its orders made on July 1 and July 6 which gave Ike Ekweremadu former Deputy Senate President and wife Beatrice access to his biodata Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel for parties in the suit adopted their processes and presented their arguments The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo through his lawyer Bamidele Igbinedion had filed a motion on notice marked 984202 urging the court to set aside the orders directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to Ekweremadu and his wife Ukpo who joined the Ekweremadus as in the motion also listed the National Identity Management Commission NIMC 1st respondent and four others in the apllication Others mentioned in the motion are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively but the 5th respondent was later dropped form the charge Ukpo who is currently in the United Kingdom UK in connection with the alleged organ harvesting charge against the Ekweremadus had said that granting the couple s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution as amended But in a counter affidavit deposed to by Bright Ekweremadu the immediate younger brother to the ex deputy senate President the applicants said Ukpo was not entitled to the reliefs sought as the law does not permit such The counter affidavit was dated and filed on Sept 8 by their counsel Adegboyega Awomolo SAN In a 20 pont argument Bright averred that though the court gave its ruling on July 1 Ukpo s right to fair hearing was not breached He said that the documents which were released by the agencies and banks upon the orders of the court had been transmitted to the UK and had been tendered at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court and at the Central Criminal Court in the UK and have subsequently formed part of the record of the courts At the resumed hearing on Tuesday Eyitayo Falogun SAN who appeared for the Ekweremadus adopted his applications and urged the court to dismiss Ukpo s request He said he was aware that a coalition of civil society organisations under the auspices of the Edo Civil Society Organisation EDOSCO initiated the motion on Ukpo s behalf Falogun who called the attention of the court to Upko s motion described EDOSCO as a meddlesome interloper Muazu Dikwa lawyer to NIMC argued that the orders made by court on July 1 and July 6 were in line with Section 2 11 of the National Data Protection Regulation NDPR 2019 According to him the regulation says that every transmission of data to a foreign land shall be done under the supervision of the Attorney General of the Federation AGF He therefore prayed the court to dismiss Ukpo s application Lawyers representing other respondents also asked the court to discountenance the motion But counsel for Ukpo Bamidele Igbinedion disagreed with their submission He said that contrary to Dikwa s argument Sections 2 2 and 2 3 of the NDPR requires that if anyone applies for another person s biodata one must put the subject person on notice that there is an application for the disclosure of his or her personal information which is held by government Igbinedion argued that there was no authority given to government to disclose personal information of any Nigerian without putting that Nigerian on notice He therefore contended that the court did not have jusridiction to have ordered the release of Ukpo s biodata to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK in the first instance He added that the respondents including the Ekweremadus had not shown that the court had the statutory jusridiction to order the disclosure of private information held by government The lawyer prayed the court to grant the reliefs sought and reverse the orders Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Dec 5 for ruling In an interview shortly after the hearing Igbinedion told the newsmen that public information is covered by Freedom of Information Act which authorises the court to disclose public information where proper application is made What Ekweremadu sought was not public information but private information of a Nigerian citizen he said He said if the court grants their prayers it means that the information was obtained illegally and the UK court cannot rely on it Igbinedion who said he had urged the court in his reply on points of law to disregard Bright Ekweremadu s averment said Ukpo s documents that were released had not been used in the UK court because trial has not commenced We said in our reply that you don t rely on oral evidence to tell the court about what happens in another court So we urge the court to disregard that he said NAN reports that on June 27 Ekweremadu who currently represents Enugu West Senatorial District and his wife had in an application dated and filed on June 27 sued NIMC and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1 He directed that the documents should be released to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK Besides Ekwo also made an order on July 6 directing NIMC to release Ukpo s information to the Ekweremadus in line with the earlier court order NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged organ harvesting: Court to rule in Ukpo’s application Dec. 5
     A Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday fixed Dec 5 for ruling on an application filed by David Ukpo the kidney donor asking the court to set aside its orders made on July 1 and July 6 which gave Ike Ekweremadu former Deputy Senate President and wife Beatrice access to his biodata Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel for parties in the suit adopted their processes and presented their arguments The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo through his lawyer Bamidele Igbinedion had filed a motion on notice marked 984202 urging the court to set aside the orders directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to Ekweremadu and his wife Ukpo who joined the Ekweremadus as in the motion also listed the National Identity Management Commission NIMC 1st respondent and four others in the apllication Others mentioned in the motion are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively but the 5th respondent was later dropped form the charge Ukpo who is currently in the United Kingdom UK in connection with the alleged organ harvesting charge against the Ekweremadus had said that granting the couple s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution as amended But in a counter affidavit deposed to by Bright Ekweremadu the immediate younger brother to the ex deputy senate President the applicants said Ukpo was not entitled to the reliefs sought as the law does not permit such The counter affidavit was dated and filed on Sept 8 by their counsel Adegboyega Awomolo SAN In a 20 pont argument Bright averred that though the court gave its ruling on July 1 Ukpo s right to fair hearing was not breached He said that the documents which were released by the agencies and banks upon the orders of the court had been transmitted to the UK and had been tendered at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court and at the Central Criminal Court in the UK and have subsequently formed part of the record of the courts At the resumed hearing on Tuesday Eyitayo Falogun SAN who appeared for the Ekweremadus adopted his applications and urged the court to dismiss Ukpo s request He said he was aware that a coalition of civil society organisations under the auspices of the Edo Civil Society Organisation EDOSCO initiated the motion on Ukpo s behalf Falogun who called the attention of the court to Upko s motion described EDOSCO as a meddlesome interloper Muazu Dikwa lawyer to NIMC argued that the orders made by court on July 1 and July 6 were in line with Section 2 11 of the National Data Protection Regulation NDPR 2019 According to him the regulation says that every transmission of data to a foreign land shall be done under the supervision of the Attorney General of the Federation AGF He therefore prayed the court to dismiss Ukpo s application Lawyers representing other respondents also asked the court to discountenance the motion But counsel for Ukpo Bamidele Igbinedion disagreed with their submission He said that contrary to Dikwa s argument Sections 2 2 and 2 3 of the NDPR requires that if anyone applies for another person s biodata one must put the subject person on notice that there is an application for the disclosure of his or her personal information which is held by government Igbinedion argued that there was no authority given to government to disclose personal information of any Nigerian without putting that Nigerian on notice He therefore contended that the court did not have jusridiction to have ordered the release of Ukpo s biodata to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK in the first instance He added that the respondents including the Ekweremadus had not shown that the court had the statutory jusridiction to order the disclosure of private information held by government The lawyer prayed the court to grant the reliefs sought and reverse the orders Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Dec 5 for ruling In an interview shortly after the hearing Igbinedion told the newsmen that public information is covered by Freedom of Information Act which authorises the court to disclose public information where proper application is made What Ekweremadu sought was not public information but private information of a Nigerian citizen he said He said if the court grants their prayers it means that the information was obtained illegally and the UK court cannot rely on it Igbinedion who said he had urged the court in his reply on points of law to disregard Bright Ekweremadu s averment said Ukpo s documents that were released had not been used in the UK court because trial has not commenced We said in our reply that you don t rely on oral evidence to tell the court about what happens in another court So we urge the court to disregard that he said NAN reports that on June 27 Ekweremadu who currently represents Enugu West Senatorial District and his wife had in an application dated and filed on June 27 sued NIMC and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1 He directed that the documents should be released to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK Besides Ekwo also made an order on July 6 directing NIMC to release Ukpo s information to the Ekweremadus in line with the earlier court order NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged organ harvesting: Court to rule in Ukpo’s application Dec. 5
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    Alleged organ harvesting: Court to rule in Ukpo’s application Dec. 5

    A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, fixed Dec. 5 for ruling on an application filed by David Ukpo, the kidney donor, asking the court to set aside its orders made on July 1 and July 6 which gave Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, and wife, Beatrice, access to his biodata.

    Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel for parties in the suit adopted their processes and presented their arguments.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo, through his lawyer, Bamidele Igbinedion, had filed a motion on notice marked: 984202, urging the court to set aside the orders, directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to Ekweremadu and his wife.

    Ukpo, who joined the Ekweremadus as in the motion, also listed the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) (1st respondent) and four others in the apllication.

    Others mentioned in the motion are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively, but the 5th respondent was later dropped form the charge.

    Ukpo, who is currently in the United Kingdom (UK) in connection with the alleged organ harvesting charge against the Ekweremadus, had said that granting the couple’s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution (as amended).

    But in a counter affidavit deposed to by Bright Ekweremadu, the immediate younger brother to the ex-deputy senate President, the applicants said Ukpo was not entitled to the reliefs sought as the law does not permit such.

    The counter affidavit was dated and filed on Sept. 8 by their counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.

    In a 20-pont argument, Bright averred that though the court gave its ruling on July 1, Ukpo’s right to fair hearing was not breached.

    He said that the documents which were released by the agencies and banks upon the orders of the court had  been transmitted to the UK and had been “tendered at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, and at the Central Criminal Court in the UK and have subsequently formed part of the record of the courts.

    ”At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, Eyitayo Falogun, SAN, who appeared for the Ekweremadus, adopted his applications and urged the court to dismiss Ukpo’s request.

    He said he was aware that a coalition of civil society organisations under the auspices of the Edo Civil Society Organisation (EDOSCO), initiated the motion on Ukpo’s behalf.

    Falogun, who called the attention of the court to Upko’s motion, described EDOSCO as “a meddlesome interloper.

    ”Muazu Dikwa, lawyer to NIMC, argued that the orders made by court on July 1 and July 6 were in line with Section 2.11 of the National Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), 2019.According to him, the regulation says that every transmission of data to a foreign land shall be done under the supervision of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

    He, therefore, prayed the court to dismiss Ukpo’s application.

    Lawyers representing other respondents also asked the court to discountenance the motion.

    But counsel for Ukpo, Bamidele Igbinedion, disagreed with their submission.

    He said that contrary to Dikwa’s argument, “Sections 2.2 and 2.3 of the NDPR requires that if anyone applies for another person’s biodata, one must put the subject person on notice that there is an application for the disclosure of his or her personal information which is held by government.

    ”Igbinedion argued that there was no authority given to government to disclose personal information of any Nigerian without putting that Nigerian on notice.

    He, therefore, contended that the court did not have jusridiction to have ordered the release of Ukpo’s biodata to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK in the first instance.

    He added that the respondents, including the Ekweremadus, had not shown that the court had the statutory jusridiction to order the disclosure of private information held by government.

    The lawyer prayed the court to grant the reliefs sought and reverse the orders.

    Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Dec. 5 for ruling.

    In an interview shortly after the hearing, Igbinedion told the newsmen that public information is covered by Freedom of Information Act which authorises the court to disclose public information where proper application is made.

    “What Ekweremadu sought was not public information but private information of a Nigerian citizen,” he saidHe said if the court “grants their prayers, it means that the information was obtained illegally and the UK court cannot rely on it.

    ”Igbinedion, who said he had urged the court in his reply on points of law to disregard Bright Ekweremadu’s averment, said Ukpo’s documents that were released had not been used in the UK court because trial has not commenced.

    “We said in our reply that you don’t rely on oral evidence to tell the court about what happens in another court.

    “So we urge the court to disregard that,” he said.

    NAN reports that on June 27, Ekweremadu, who currently represents Enugu West Senatorial District, and his wife had, in an application dated and filed on June 27, sued NIMC and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK.

    They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo’s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1.He directed that the documents should be released to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK.

    Besides, Ekwo also made an order on July 6, directing NIMC to release Ukpo’s information to the Ekweremadus in line with the earlier court order.


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  •  Ike Ekweremadu former Deputy Senate President and wife Beatrice have prayed a Federal High Court Abuja to dismiss an application filed by David Ukpo the kidney donor asking the court to set aside its orders made on July 1 and July 6 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo through his lawyer Bamidele Igbinedion had filed a motion on notice urging Justice Inyang Ekwo to set aside the orders directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to Ekweremadu and his wife Ukpo who is currently in the United Kingdom UK in connection with the alleged organ harvesting charge against the Ekweremadus had said that granting the couple s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution as amended But in a counter affidavit deposed to by Bright Ekweremadu the immediate younger brother to the ex deputy senate President the applicants said Ukpo was not entitled to the reliefs sought as the law does not permit such The counter affidavit marked 9842022 was dated and filed on Sept 8 by their counsel Adegboyega Awomolo SAN In a 20 pont argument Ekweremadu averred that though the court gave its ruling on July 1 Ukpo s right to fair hearing was not breached He said that the documents which were released by the agencies and banks upon the orders of the court had have been transmitted to the UK and same had been tendered at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court and at the Central Criminal Court in the UK and have subsequently formed part of the record of the courts That I know as a fact that the documents which are already in evidence before those Honourable Courts in the United Kingdom cannot be retrieved by this Honourable Court That the courts in the United Kingdom are already seised of the documents and that he was in the last criminal proceeding where the documents were used He said the documents were required to prove the actual age of Ukpo who claimed to be 15 years of age but believed to be well over 21 years of age According to him if the applicant Ukpo had not lied about his age he has nothing to fear and the document would hear him out That the orders of the Honourable Court made on the Ist and 6th of July 2022 are the final orders of court he said Upon resumed hearing in the matter Ojonugwa Oguche counsel for Ukpo informed that he was served with counter affidavit by the Ekweremadus earlier in the morning and would need to reply on points of law Counsel to the respondents including that of the Ekweremadus Eyitayo Falogun SAN did not oppose the request and Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Sept 20 for hearing at the instance of Ukpo s lawyer The judge then ordered all parties to file and exchange their processes before the next adjourned date NAN reports that on June 27 Ekweremadu who currently represents Enugu West Senatorial District and his wife had in an application dated and filed on June 27 by Awomolo sued the National Identity Management Commission NIMC and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively but the 5th respondent was later dropped form the charge They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1 Besides Ekwo also made an order on July 6 directing NIMC to release Ukpo s information to the Ekweremadus in line with the earlier court order But Ukpo who sought an order setting aside the court proceedings and the ruling also prayed for an order setting aside the proceedings and the order made on July 6 Beside these prayers Ukpo sought an order or perpetual injunction restraining Ekweremadu and his wife and all the respondents from executing or further execute the ruling NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged organ harvesting: Ekweremadus ask court to dismiss Ukpo’s plea
     Ike Ekweremadu former Deputy Senate President and wife Beatrice have prayed a Federal High Court Abuja to dismiss an application filed by David Ukpo the kidney donor asking the court to set aside its orders made on July 1 and July 6 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo through his lawyer Bamidele Igbinedion had filed a motion on notice urging Justice Inyang Ekwo to set aside the orders directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to Ekweremadu and his wife Ukpo who is currently in the United Kingdom UK in connection with the alleged organ harvesting charge against the Ekweremadus had said that granting the couple s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution as amended But in a counter affidavit deposed to by Bright Ekweremadu the immediate younger brother to the ex deputy senate President the applicants said Ukpo was not entitled to the reliefs sought as the law does not permit such The counter affidavit marked 9842022 was dated and filed on Sept 8 by their counsel Adegboyega Awomolo SAN In a 20 pont argument Ekweremadu averred that though the court gave its ruling on July 1 Ukpo s right to fair hearing was not breached He said that the documents which were released by the agencies and banks upon the orders of the court had have been transmitted to the UK and same had been tendered at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court and at the Central Criminal Court in the UK and have subsequently formed part of the record of the courts That I know as a fact that the documents which are already in evidence before those Honourable Courts in the United Kingdom cannot be retrieved by this Honourable Court That the courts in the United Kingdom are already seised of the documents and that he was in the last criminal proceeding where the documents were used He said the documents were required to prove the actual age of Ukpo who claimed to be 15 years of age but believed to be well over 21 years of age According to him if the applicant Ukpo had not lied about his age he has nothing to fear and the document would hear him out That the orders of the Honourable Court made on the Ist and 6th of July 2022 are the final orders of court he said Upon resumed hearing in the matter Ojonugwa Oguche counsel for Ukpo informed that he was served with counter affidavit by the Ekweremadus earlier in the morning and would need to reply on points of law Counsel to the respondents including that of the Ekweremadus Eyitayo Falogun SAN did not oppose the request and Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Sept 20 for hearing at the instance of Ukpo s lawyer The judge then ordered all parties to file and exchange their processes before the next adjourned date NAN reports that on June 27 Ekweremadu who currently represents Enugu West Senatorial District and his wife had in an application dated and filed on June 27 by Awomolo sued the National Identity Management Commission NIMC and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively but the 5th respondent was later dropped form the charge They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1 Besides Ekwo also made an order on July 6 directing NIMC to release Ukpo s information to the Ekweremadus in line with the earlier court order But Ukpo who sought an order setting aside the court proceedings and the ruling also prayed for an order setting aside the proceedings and the order made on July 6 Beside these prayers Ukpo sought an order or perpetual injunction restraining Ekweremadu and his wife and all the respondents from executing or further execute the ruling NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged organ harvesting: Ekweremadus ask court to dismiss Ukpo’s plea
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    Alleged organ harvesting: Ekweremadus ask court to dismiss Ukpo’s plea

    Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, and wife, Beatrice, have prayed a Federal High Court, Abuja to dismiss an application filed by David Ukpo, the kidney donor, asking the court to set aside its orders made on July 1 and July 6.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo, through his lawyer, Bamidele Igbinedion, had filed a motion on notice, urging Justice Inyang Ekwo to set aside the orders, directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to Ekweremadu and his wife.

    Ukpo, who is currently in the United Kingdom (UK) in connection with the alleged organ harvesting charge against the Ekweremadus, had said that granting the couple’s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution (as amended).

    But in a counter affidavit deposed to by Bright Ekweremadu, the immediate younger brother to the ex-deputy senate President, the applicants said Ukpo was not entitled to the reliefs sought as the law does not permit such.

    The counter affidavit, marked 9842022, was dated and filed on Sept. 8 by their counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.

    In a 20-pont argument, Ekweremadu averred that though the court gave its ruling on July 1, Ukpo’s right to fair hearing was not breached.

    He said that the documents which were released by the agencies and banks upon the orders of the court had  have been transmitted to the UK and same had been “tendered at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court, and at the Central Criminal Court in the UK and have subsequently formed part of the record of the courts.

    “That I know as a fact that the documents which are already in evidence before those Honourable Courts in the United Kingdom cannot be retrieved by this Honourable Court.

    “That the courts in the United Kingdom are already seised of the documents” and that he was in the last criminal proceeding where the documents were used.

    He said the documents were required to prove the actual age of Ukpo, who claimed to be 15 years of age but believed to be well over 21 years of age   According to him, if the applicant (Ukpo) had not lied about his age he has nothing to fear and the document would hear him out. 

    “That the orders of the Honourable Court made on the Ist and 6th of July, 2022 are the final orders of court,” he said.

    Upon resumed hearing in the matter, Ojonugwa Oguche, counsel for Ukpo, informed that he was served with counter affidavit by the Ekweremadus earlier in the morning and would need to reply on points of law.

    Counsel to the respondents, including that of the Ekweremadus, Eyitayo Falogun, SAN, did not oppose the request and Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Sept. 20 for hearing at the instance of Ukpo’s lawyer.

    The judge then ordered all parties to file and exchange their processes before the next adjourned date.

    NAN reports that on June 27, Ekweremadu, who currently represents Enugu West Senatorial District, and his wife had, in an application dated and filed on June 27 by Awomolo, sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK.

    Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively, but the 5th respondent was later dropped form the charge.

    They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo’s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1.Besides, Ekwo also made an order on July 6, directing NIMC to release Ukpo’s information to the Ekweremadus in line with the earlier court order.

    But Ukpo, who sought an order setting aside the court proceedings and the ruling, also prayed for an order setting aside the proceedings and the order made on July, 6.Beside these prayers, Ukpo sought an order or perpetual injunction, restraining Ekweremadu and his wife and all the respondents  from executing or further execute the ruling.


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  •  The Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has urged Nigerians to acquire the National Identification Number NIN through the National Identity Management Commission NIMC for its numerous benefits Etsu Nupe made this known when management of the National Identification Management Commission NIMC paid him a courtesy visit on Monday in Bida Abubakar who is also the Chairman Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers said it was necessary for Nigerians to register under the commission to ensure that they get the NIN The royal father said it would be easier to conduct all governmental and non governmental engagements when the numbers were acquired Such numbers will be useful in recruitment of the citizens into the various armed forces security agencies and public service Effective capturing of Nigerians by the NIMC will ensure ease in doing a lot of things in the country as well as curb insecurity he said The traditional ruler promised to create an awareness campaign for the people of his emirate to know the importance of identification numbers He called for an aggressive awareness campaign by the Commission and government to ensure that more Nigerians were biometrically captured The Etsu Nupe lauded NIMC for carrying out advocacy visit to his palace saying it was key and necessary Mr Aliyu Aziz the NIMC Director General who was represented by Mr Olumoh Habeeb the North Central Regional Director described the NIMC database content as worrisome He reiterated that the database on the ongoing registration was worrisome hence the need to seek the support of traditional rulers to achieve the maximum goal of registering all Nigerians and legal residence According to him the commission has brought in some partners from public and private sectors which have increased the enrollment centres across the country This development will help the commission to liaise with traditional rulers to mobilise their subjects to register We shall be partnering with the traditional rulers so that the mandate of the commission which is enrolling Nigerian citizens to the national database will be achievable he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Etsu Nupe urges Nigerians to acquire national identification number
     The Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has urged Nigerians to acquire the National Identification Number NIN through the National Identity Management Commission NIMC for its numerous benefits Etsu Nupe made this known when management of the National Identification Management Commission NIMC paid him a courtesy visit on Monday in Bida Abubakar who is also the Chairman Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers said it was necessary for Nigerians to register under the commission to ensure that they get the NIN The royal father said it would be easier to conduct all governmental and non governmental engagements when the numbers were acquired Such numbers will be useful in recruitment of the citizens into the various armed forces security agencies and public service Effective capturing of Nigerians by the NIMC will ensure ease in doing a lot of things in the country as well as curb insecurity he said The traditional ruler promised to create an awareness campaign for the people of his emirate to know the importance of identification numbers He called for an aggressive awareness campaign by the Commission and government to ensure that more Nigerians were biometrically captured The Etsu Nupe lauded NIMC for carrying out advocacy visit to his palace saying it was key and necessary Mr Aliyu Aziz the NIMC Director General who was represented by Mr Olumoh Habeeb the North Central Regional Director described the NIMC database content as worrisome He reiterated that the database on the ongoing registration was worrisome hence the need to seek the support of traditional rulers to achieve the maximum goal of registering all Nigerians and legal residence According to him the commission has brought in some partners from public and private sectors which have increased the enrollment centres across the country This development will help the commission to liaise with traditional rulers to mobilise their subjects to register We shall be partnering with the traditional rulers so that the mandate of the commission which is enrolling Nigerian citizens to the national database will be achievable he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Etsu Nupe urges Nigerians to acquire national identification number
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    Etsu Nupe urges Nigerians to acquire national identification number

    The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to acquire the National Identification Number (NIN) through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for its numerous benefits.

    Etsu Nupe made this known when management of the National Identification Management Commission  (NIMC) paid him a courtesy visit on Monday in Bida.Abubakar, who is also the Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers said it was necessary for Nigerians to register under the commission to ensure that they get the NIN.

    The royal father said it would be easier to conduct all governmental and non-governmental engagements when the numbers were acquired.

    “Such numbers will be useful in recruitment of the citizens into the various armed forces, security agencies and public service.

    “Effective capturing of Nigerians by the NIMC will ensure ease in doing a lot of things in the country as well as curb insecurity,” he said.

    The traditional ruler promised to create an awareness campaign for the people of his emirate to know the importance of identification numbers.

    He called for ”an aggressive awareness campaign by the Commission and government to ensure that more Nigerians were biometrically captured.

    ”The Etsu Nupe lauded NIMC for carrying out advocacy visit to his palace, saying it was ”key and necessary.

    ”Mr Aliyu Aziz, the NIMC Director-General, who was represented by Mr Olumoh Habeeb, the North Central Regional Director, described the NIMC database content as worrisome.

    He reiterated that the database on the ongoing registration was worrisome, ”hence the need to seek the support of traditional rulers to achieve the maximum goal of registering all Nigerians and legal residence.

    ”According to him, the commission has brought in some partners from public and private sectors which have increased the enrollment centres across the country.

    “This development will help the commission to liaise with traditional rulers to mobilise their subjects to register.

    “We shall be partnering with the traditional rulers so that the mandate of the commission, which is enrolling Nigerian citizens to the national database will be achievable,” he said.


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  •  David Ukpo the kidney donor has urged a Federal High Court Abuja to set aside its order made on July 1 directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice Ukpo who is currently in the United Kingdom UK in connection with the child trafficking charge against the Ekweremadus said granting the couple s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution as amended The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo through his lawyer Bamidele Igbinedion filed the motion on notice on Aug 15 before Justice Inyang Ekwo NAN reports that on June 27 Ekweremadu and wife had in an application dated and filed on June 27 by Adegboyega Awomolo SAN sued the National Identity Management Commission NIMC and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1 Besides Ekwo also made an order on July 6 directing NIMC to release Ukpo s information to the Ekweremadus in line with their earlier court order But Ukpo who sought an order setting aside the court proceedings and ruling made on July 1 also prayed for an order setting aside the proceedings and the order made on July 6 in the suit number 98422 Beside these prayers Ukpo sought an order or perpetual injunction restraining Ekweremadu and his wife and all the respondents from executing or further execute the ruling A further order setting aside the execution or any execution of or compliance with the ruling delivered by this Honourable Court on the 1s day of July 2022 and the Order of this Honourable Court made on the 6th day of July 2022 in suit no 9842022 by any of the respondents In a 17 ground given by Ukpo he said the court lacked the jurisdiction ab initio to have entertained the suit or granted any or all of the reliefs sought therein He recalled that on June 27 Ekweremadu and his wife filed an originating motion before by the court praying for the disclosure of his biodata Information bank mandate card and account opening package application form for international passport and the bank verification information to use in the criminal trial at the Uxbridge Magistrates Court United Kingdom Ukpo said despite the fact that the said reliefs were sought against his fundamental and civil rights to privacy guaranteed by the law and his interest adversely affected by the aforesaid reliefs he was neither made a party to the said originating motion nor was he served with any of processes in this suit to enable him respond thereto He argued that the government agencies and the banks which were made nominal parties to the suit did not oppose Ekweremadus application in any manner because their interests and civil rights were not engaged by the application and reliefs sought therein He said he became aware of the said ruling through social media reports on Facebook and he was deeply aggrieved with the said order s According to him the entire proceedings in the suit was conducted in breach of the fundamental rights of the applicant to fair hearing and privacy which are guaranteed by the law The proceedings in this suit was not done in compliance with the Order 34 Rules 4 and 7 2 a of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2019 and Section 36 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended he added When the matter was mentioned on Tuesday counsel for the Ekweremadus G O Maduka said he appeared in court in protest Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Sept 13 for hearing NAN reports that the couple were on June 23 remanded in the UK police custody after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of David Ukpo alleged to be a minor for organ harvesting They however denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday where he was denied a bail though his wife Beatrice had been granted bail NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kidney donor asks court to set aside order allowing Ekweremadus access to his biodata 
     David Ukpo the kidney donor has urged a Federal High Court Abuja to set aside its order made on July 1 directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice Ukpo who is currently in the United Kingdom UK in connection with the child trafficking charge against the Ekweremadus said granting the couple s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution as amended The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo through his lawyer Bamidele Igbinedion filed the motion on notice on Aug 15 before Justice Inyang Ekwo NAN reports that on June 27 Ekweremadu and wife had in an application dated and filed on June 27 by Adegboyega Awomolo SAN sued the National Identity Management Commission NIMC and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1 Besides Ekwo also made an order on July 6 directing NIMC to release Ukpo s information to the Ekweremadus in line with their earlier court order But Ukpo who sought an order setting aside the court proceedings and ruling made on July 1 also prayed for an order setting aside the proceedings and the order made on July 6 in the suit number 98422 Beside these prayers Ukpo sought an order or perpetual injunction restraining Ekweremadu and his wife and all the respondents from executing or further execute the ruling A further order setting aside the execution or any execution of or compliance with the ruling delivered by this Honourable Court on the 1s day of July 2022 and the Order of this Honourable Court made on the 6th day of July 2022 in suit no 9842022 by any of the respondents In a 17 ground given by Ukpo he said the court lacked the jurisdiction ab initio to have entertained the suit or granted any or all of the reliefs sought therein He recalled that on June 27 Ekweremadu and his wife filed an originating motion before by the court praying for the disclosure of his biodata Information bank mandate card and account opening package application form for international passport and the bank verification information to use in the criminal trial at the Uxbridge Magistrates Court United Kingdom Ukpo said despite the fact that the said reliefs were sought against his fundamental and civil rights to privacy guaranteed by the law and his interest adversely affected by the aforesaid reliefs he was neither made a party to the said originating motion nor was he served with any of processes in this suit to enable him respond thereto He argued that the government agencies and the banks which were made nominal parties to the suit did not oppose Ekweremadus application in any manner because their interests and civil rights were not engaged by the application and reliefs sought therein He said he became aware of the said ruling through social media reports on Facebook and he was deeply aggrieved with the said order s According to him the entire proceedings in the suit was conducted in breach of the fundamental rights of the applicant to fair hearing and privacy which are guaranteed by the law The proceedings in this suit was not done in compliance with the Order 34 Rules 4 and 7 2 a of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2019 and Section 36 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended he added When the matter was mentioned on Tuesday counsel for the Ekweremadus G O Maduka said he appeared in court in protest Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Sept 13 for hearing NAN reports that the couple were on June 23 remanded in the UK police custody after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of David Ukpo alleged to be a minor for organ harvesting They however denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday where he was denied a bail though his wife Beatrice had been granted bail NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kidney donor asks court to set aside order allowing Ekweremadus access to his biodata 
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    Kidney donor asks court to set aside order allowing Ekweremadus access to his biodata 

    David Ukpo, the kidney donor, has urged a Federal High Court, Abuja to set aside its order made on July 1, directing some agencies of government and banks to release his biodata to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice.  

    Ukpo, who is currently in the United Kingdom (UK) in connection with the child trafficking charge against the Ekweremadus, said granting the couple’s request violated his fundamental rights to privacy guaranteed by Section 37 of 1999 Constitution (as amended).  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ukpo, through his lawyer, Bamidele Igbinedion, filed the motion on notice on Aug. 15 before Justice Inyang Ekwo.NAN reports that on June 27,  Ekweremadu and wife had, in an application dated and filed on June 27 by Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and four others following the criminal charge filed against them in the UK.

    Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively.

    They had sought the order of the court directing all the respondents to release to them certified true copies of Ukpo’s biodata information in their care to enable them present the documents before the UK court and the judge granted the request on July 1.Besides, Ekwo also made an order on July 6, directing NIMC to release Ukpo’s information to the Ekweremadus in line with their earlier court order. 

    But Ukpo, who sought an order setting aside the court proceedings and ruling made on July 1, also prayed for an order setting aside the proceedings and the order made on July, 6 in the suit number: 98422.Beside these prayers, Ukpo sought an order or perpetual injunction, restraining Ekweremadu and his wife and all the respondents  from executing or further execute the ruling.

    “A further order setting aside the execution or any execution of or compliance with the ruling delivered by this Honourable Court on the 1s!

    day of July, 2022 and the Order of this Honourable Court made on the 6th day of July, 2022 in suit no: 9842022 by any of the respondents”In a  17-ground given by Ukpo, he said the court lacked the jurisdiction ab initio to have entertained the suit or granted any or all of the reliefs sought therein.

    He recalled that on June 27, Ekweremadu and his wife, filed an originating motion before by the court, praying for the disclosure of his biodata Information, bank mandate card and account opening package, application form for international passport and the bank verification information to use in the criminal trial at the Uxbridge Magistrates Court, United Kingdom.

    Ukpo said despite the fact that the said reliefs were sought against his fundamental and civil rights to privacy guaranteed by the law, and his interest adversely affected by the aforesaid reliefs, he was neither made a party to the said originating motion nor was he served with any of processes in this suit to enable him respond thereto.

    He argued that the government agencies and the banks which were made nominal parties to the suit, did not oppose Ekweremadus’ application in any manner because their interests and civil rights were not engaged by the application and reliefs sought therein.

    He said he became aware of the said ruling through social media reports on Facebook and he was deeply aggrieved with the said order(s).

    According to him, the entire proceedings in the suit was conducted in breach of the fundamental rights of the applicant to fair hearing and privacy which are guaranteed by the law.

    “The proceedings in this suit was not done in compliance with the Order 34 Rules 4 and 7(2)(a) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019 and Section 36 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended),” he added.

    When the matter was mentioned on Tuesday, counsel for the Ekweremadus, G.

    O.

    Maduka, said he appeared in court in protest.

    Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Sept 13 for hearing.

    NAN reports that the couple were, on June 23, remanded in the UK police custody, after they were arraigned before the  Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of David Ukpo, alleged to be a minor, for organ harvesting.

    They, however, denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing.

    Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday where he was denied a bail, though his wife, Beatrice, had been granted bail.


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  •  A Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday ordered the National Identity Management Commission NIMC to supply the Attorney General of the Federation AGF with the certified true copy CTC of biodata information of David Ukpo for onward transmission to the UK Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order following an omnibus application made by Muazu Mohammed counsel for NIMC to the effect The News Agency of Nigeria on June 27 reported that former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and wife Beatrice had in the application dated and filed on June 27 by their lawyer Adegboyega Awomolo SAN sued NIMC and four others Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively NAN reports that the couple were on June 23 remanded in the UK police custody after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of Ukpo alleged to be a minor for organ harvesting They however denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on June 30 where he was denied a bail In the originating summons marked 9842022 the couple prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply them with the CTC of Ukpo s biodata in their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court Justice Ekwo on Friday granted the couple s prayers by directing all the defendants to release the CTC of Ukpo s biodata to the Ekweremadus But when the matter came up today Awomolo told the court that NIMC was yet to comply with the court order The senior lawyer expressed concern that failure to obey the order of the court would give a setback to court judgment As ministers in the temple court has given a judgment ours is to ensure it is followed he said Responding Mohammed said NIMC was reluctant to release Ukpo s biodata because it wanted to protect its system It is not that the first respondent NIMC is not ready to comply We have been talking with applicants counsel since the day of judgement he said What is the difficulty you are facing in complying with that order the judge asked The difficulty is that we want to protect the system If we comply with this judgment the system will suffer in the future my lord he said Mohammed said although NIMC had reached 90 per cent compliance with the order the commission was constraint to release the biodata to the applicants because of the Act which set up the agency He said the law does not allow the commission to release an individual biodata to another individual The lawyer stressed that if this was done because the applicants were highly placed persons this might be abused in future The judge however said that the order was not made because the applicants were high placed He said the judgment was made for the whole of the country saying it could have been an ordinary Nigerian making the application and that the court is there to protect everyone If you need an order of court to carry out the judgment it is a simple application Ekwo added Mohammed therefore made an omnibus prayer urging the court to direct the agency to supply the biodata information of Ukpo to the AGF Awomolo did not oppose the application We agree that the document be transmitted to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK he said In his ruling Justice Ekwo ordered NIMC to supply the information of biodata of David Ukpo s national identification number which is in its care to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK This is the order of this court he said The judge also warned the lawyer against making use of social media to discuss court matters When matter is in court you must be careful how you deploy social media about court matters he warned NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ekweremadu: Court orders NIMC to supply David Ukpo’s biodata to AGF
     A Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday ordered the National Identity Management Commission NIMC to supply the Attorney General of the Federation AGF with the certified true copy CTC of biodata information of David Ukpo for onward transmission to the UK Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order following an omnibus application made by Muazu Mohammed counsel for NIMC to the effect The News Agency of Nigeria on June 27 reported that former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and wife Beatrice had in the application dated and filed on June 27 by their lawyer Adegboyega Awomolo SAN sued NIMC and four others Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively NAN reports that the couple were on June 23 remanded in the UK police custody after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of Ukpo alleged to be a minor for organ harvesting They however denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on June 30 where he was denied a bail In the originating summons marked 9842022 the couple prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply them with the CTC of Ukpo s biodata in their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court Justice Ekwo on Friday granted the couple s prayers by directing all the defendants to release the CTC of Ukpo s biodata to the Ekweremadus But when the matter came up today Awomolo told the court that NIMC was yet to comply with the court order The senior lawyer expressed concern that failure to obey the order of the court would give a setback to court judgment As ministers in the temple court has given a judgment ours is to ensure it is followed he said Responding Mohammed said NIMC was reluctant to release Ukpo s biodata because it wanted to protect its system It is not that the first respondent NIMC is not ready to comply We have been talking with applicants counsel since the day of judgement he said What is the difficulty you are facing in complying with that order the judge asked The difficulty is that we want to protect the system If we comply with this judgment the system will suffer in the future my lord he said Mohammed said although NIMC had reached 90 per cent compliance with the order the commission was constraint to release the biodata to the applicants because of the Act which set up the agency He said the law does not allow the commission to release an individual biodata to another individual The lawyer stressed that if this was done because the applicants were highly placed persons this might be abused in future The judge however said that the order was not made because the applicants were high placed He said the judgment was made for the whole of the country saying it could have been an ordinary Nigerian making the application and that the court is there to protect everyone If you need an order of court to carry out the judgment it is a simple application Ekwo added Mohammed therefore made an omnibus prayer urging the court to direct the agency to supply the biodata information of Ukpo to the AGF Awomolo did not oppose the application We agree that the document be transmitted to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK he said In his ruling Justice Ekwo ordered NIMC to supply the information of biodata of David Ukpo s national identification number which is in its care to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK This is the order of this court he said The judge also warned the lawyer against making use of social media to discuss court matters When matter is in court you must be careful how you deploy social media about court matters he warned NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ekweremadu: Court orders NIMC to supply David Ukpo’s biodata to AGF
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    Ekweremadu: Court orders NIMC to supply David Ukpo’s biodata to AGF

    A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to supply the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) with the certified true copy (CTC) of biodata information of David Ukpo for onward transmission to the UK.Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order following an omnibus application made by Muazu Mohammed, counsel for  NIMC, to the effect.The News Agency of Nigeria , on June 27, reported that former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and wife, Beatrice had, in the application dated and filed on June 27 by their lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, sued NIMC and four others.Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively.NAN reports that the couple were, on June 23, remanded in the UK police custody, after they were arraigned before the  Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of Ukpo, alleged to be a minor, for organ harvesting.They, however, denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing.Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on June 30 where he was denied a bail.In the originating summons marked: 9842022, the couple prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply them with the CTC of Ukpo’s biodata in their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo’s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court.Justice Ekwo, on Friday, granted the couple’s prayers by directing all the defendants to release the CTC of Ukpo’s biodata to the Ekweremadus.But when the matter came up today,  Awomolo told the court that NIMC was yet to comply with the court order.The senior lawyer expressed concern that failure to obey the order of the court would give a setback to court judgment.“As ministers in the temple, court has given a judgment, ours is to ensure it is followed,” he said.Responding, Mohammed said NIMC was reluctant to release Ukpo’s biodata because it wanted to protect its system.“It is not that the first respondent (NIMC) is not ready to comply. We have been talking with applicants’ counsel since the day of judgement,” he said.“What is the difficulty you are facing in complying with that order,” the judge asked.“The difficulty is that we want to protect the system. If we comply with this judgment, the system will suffer in the future my lord,” he said.Mohammed said although NIMC had reached 90 per cent compliance with the order, the commission was constraint to release the biodata to the applicants because of the Act which set up the agency.He said the law does not allow the commission to release an individual biodata to another individual.The lawyer stressed that if this was done because the applicants were highly-placed persons, this might be abused in future.The judge, however, said that the order was not made because the applicants were high-placed.He said the judgment was made for the whole of the country, saying it could have been an ordinary Nigerian making the application and that the court is there to protect everyone.“If you need an order of court to carry out the judgment, it is a simple application,” Ekwo added.Mohammed, therefore, made an omnibus prayer, urging the court to direct the agency to supply the biodata information of Ukpo to the AGF.Awomolo did not oppose the application.“We agree that the document be transmitted to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK,” he said.In his ruling, Justice Ekwo ordered NIMC to supply the information of biodata of David Ukpo’s national identification number which is in its care to the AGF for onward transmission to the UK.“This is the order of this court,” he said.The judge also warned the lawyer against making use of social media to discuss court matters“When matter is in court, you must be careful how you deploy social media about court matters,” he warned.

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  •  A Federal High Court Abuja on Friday ordered the National Identity Management Commission NIMC and others to release the certified true copy CTC of David Ukpo s biodata to former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling following an originating summon marked 9842022 moved by Ekweremadu s counsel Adegboyega Awomolo SAN The News Agency of Nigeria on June 27 reported that Ekweremadu and wife had in the application dated and filed on June 27 by Awomolo sued NIMC and four others Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively NAN reports that the couple were on June 23 remanded in the UK police custody after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of David Ukpo alleged to be a minor for organ harvesting They however denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday where he was denied a bail But in the originating summon the duo prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply to then with the CTC of Ukpo s biodata I formation in court their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court When the matter was called Awomolo informed the court that an application had been filed seeking the order striking out the name of the 5th defendant Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc and Justice Ekwo granted the prayer The senior lawyer told the court that all the defendants had been served with the court processes Justice Ekwo then asked lawyer to the 4th defendant United Bank of Africa G O Maduka if they were served and he responded in affirmative According to him after going through their motion on notice we felt we have no reaction to it Moving his motion Awomolo said the application dated and filed on June 27 was supported by an affidavit and a written address I respectfully adopted all the processes my lord he said Awomolo however called the attention of the court to letters written by the defendants indicating that until his client s application is granted by the court they will not be able to respond to their request In a short ruling the judge held that having been satisfied that the defendants had been served and looking at the averments in the application I make an order granting the prayers NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court grants Ekweremadu, wife’s request, orders NIMC, others to release CTC of Ukpo’s biodata
     A Federal High Court Abuja on Friday ordered the National Identity Management Commission NIMC and others to release the certified true copy CTC of David Ukpo s biodata to former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling following an originating summon marked 9842022 moved by Ekweremadu s counsel Adegboyega Awomolo SAN The News Agency of Nigeria on June 27 reported that Ekweremadu and wife had in the application dated and filed on June 27 by Awomolo sued NIMC and four others Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General C G Nigeria Immigration Service NIS Stanbic IBTC Bank United Bank of Africa UBA and Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively NAN reports that the couple were on June 23 remanded in the UK police custody after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of David Ukpo alleged to be a minor for organ harvesting They however denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday where he was denied a bail But in the originating summon the duo prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply to then with the CTC of Ukpo s biodata I formation in court their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court When the matter was called Awomolo informed the court that an application had been filed seeking the order striking out the name of the 5th defendant Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System Plc and Justice Ekwo granted the prayer The senior lawyer told the court that all the defendants had been served with the court processes Justice Ekwo then asked lawyer to the 4th defendant United Bank of Africa G O Maduka if they were served and he responded in affirmative According to him after going through their motion on notice we felt we have no reaction to it Moving his motion Awomolo said the application dated and filed on June 27 was supported by an affidavit and a written address I respectfully adopted all the processes my lord he said Awomolo however called the attention of the court to letters written by the defendants indicating that until his client s application is granted by the court they will not be able to respond to their request In a short ruling the judge held that having been satisfied that the defendants had been served and looking at the averments in the application I make an order granting the prayers NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court grants Ekweremadu, wife’s request, orders NIMC, others to release CTC of Ukpo’s biodata
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    Court grants Ekweremadu, wife’s request, orders NIMC, others to release CTC of Ukpo’s biodata

    A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and others to release the certified true copy (CTC) of David Ukpo’s biodata to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice.Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling following an originating summon marked: 9842022, moved by Ekweremadu’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.The News Agency of Nigeria , on June 27, reported that Ekweremadu and wife had, in the application dated and filed on June 27 by Awomolo, sued NIMC and four others.Others mentioned in the suit are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank; United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents respectively.NAN reports that the couple were, on June 23, remanded in the UK police custody, after they were arraigned before the  Uxbridge Magistrate Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of David Ukpo, alleged to be a minor, for organ harvesting.They, however, denied the allegations and the court adjourned till July 7 for hearing.Ekweremadu also appeared before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday where he was denied a bail.But in the originating summon, the duo prayed the court for an order directing all the defendants to supply to then with the CTC of Ukpo’s biodata I formation in court their care for the purpose of facilitating the criminal investigation and tendering same to establish their innocence with respect to Ukpo’s age in the criminal charges against them before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court.When the matter was called, Awomolo informed the court that an application had been filed, seeking the order striking out the name of the 5th defendant (Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc) and Justice Ekwo granted the prayer.The senior lawyer told the court that all the defendants had been served with the court processes.Justice Ekwo then asked lawyer to the 4th defendant (United Bank of Africa), G. O. Maduka, if they were served and he responded in affirmative.According to him, after going through their motion on notice,, we felt we have no reaction to it.Moving his motion, Awomolo said the application dated and filed on June 27 was supported by an affidavit and a written address.“I respectfully adopted all the processes my lord,” he said.Awomolo, however, called the attention of the court to letters written by the defendants, indicating that until his client’s application is granted by the court, “they will not be able to respond to their request.”In a short ruling, the judge held that having been satisfied that the defendants had been served and looking at the averments in the application, “I make an order granting the prayers.”

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  •  The National Senior Citizens Centre NSCC National Identity Management Commission NIMC and Nigeria Union of Pensioners NUP are collaborating to provide ID Cards for senior citizens to access effective social and health services The Director General of NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro made this known at a Town Hall Meeting with senior citizens on Wednesday in Abuja Omokaro said the essence of the meeting was to sensitise senior ctizens on the process of registration and issuance of Special Functional Identity Cards ID Cards The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was organised by NSCC NIMC and NUP This is to facilitate their access to dignified age friendly services considerable discounts and courtesies in use of public spaces and facilities NSCC and NIMC have developed a very professional and progressive partnership with a very active and focused Technical Working Group in furtherance of the Senior Citizens ID Cards Project Also the NUP has proven to be a formidable stakeholder and dependable ally Today we also seek to involved and mobilise all pensioners and older persons to engage with one voice to ensure the success of this process This is because the lack of access is often exacerbated by aging negative stereotypes prejudices discrimination and lowered expectations of their abilities Omokaro said According to her the sensitisation is to enhance understanding of age friendly services and spaces and compel attitudinal and behavioural changes that are needful to accelerate social inclusion and ensure sustainability Omokaro restated the commitment of the NSCC to promoting producing information education and communication to compel a change of perspective on aging and old age This is to ensure increase accessibility and encouragement of independence and participation of older persons in public spaces The Director General of NIMC Mr Aliyu Aziz said the establishment of the NSCC was an indication of commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance the quality of lives of older persons I am of a firm belief that the integration of the challenges of the senior citizens into Nigeria s development plans will go a long way in improving their standard of living and general well being I want to commend the Board and Management of the NSCC for their work and efforts in identifying and catering for the social welfare of the senior citizens in areas of healthcare pensions security social protection supplementary income as well as identification This work is truly for all of us as we will all be beneficiaries of these hard work and sacrifices as we attain the age of 60 and above As a side activity the Commission has provided an enrolment booth to register senior citizens and sensitise them on the process of enrolment and issuance of National ID cards Aziz said Meanwhile Dr Abel Afolayan the National President of NUP represented by Alhaji Abdullahi Tsohoo said in other climes the welfare and care of the senior citizens are top priority NUP is proud to be associated with all the activities of the NSCC and it is ready to engage the centre in the affairs of senior citizens NAN
    NSCC, NIMC, NUP to provide ID Cards for Senior Citizens to access services
     The National Senior Citizens Centre NSCC National Identity Management Commission NIMC and Nigeria Union of Pensioners NUP are collaborating to provide ID Cards for senior citizens to access effective social and health services The Director General of NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro made this known at a Town Hall Meeting with senior citizens on Wednesday in Abuja Omokaro said the essence of the meeting was to sensitise senior ctizens on the process of registration and issuance of Special Functional Identity Cards ID Cards The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was organised by NSCC NIMC and NUP This is to facilitate their access to dignified age friendly services considerable discounts and courtesies in use of public spaces and facilities NSCC and NIMC have developed a very professional and progressive partnership with a very active and focused Technical Working Group in furtherance of the Senior Citizens ID Cards Project Also the NUP has proven to be a formidable stakeholder and dependable ally Today we also seek to involved and mobilise all pensioners and older persons to engage with one voice to ensure the success of this process This is because the lack of access is often exacerbated by aging negative stereotypes prejudices discrimination and lowered expectations of their abilities Omokaro said According to her the sensitisation is to enhance understanding of age friendly services and spaces and compel attitudinal and behavioural changes that are needful to accelerate social inclusion and ensure sustainability Omokaro restated the commitment of the NSCC to promoting producing information education and communication to compel a change of perspective on aging and old age This is to ensure increase accessibility and encouragement of independence and participation of older persons in public spaces The Director General of NIMC Mr Aliyu Aziz said the establishment of the NSCC was an indication of commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance the quality of lives of older persons I am of a firm belief that the integration of the challenges of the senior citizens into Nigeria s development plans will go a long way in improving their standard of living and general well being I want to commend the Board and Management of the NSCC for their work and efforts in identifying and catering for the social welfare of the senior citizens in areas of healthcare pensions security social protection supplementary income as well as identification This work is truly for all of us as we will all be beneficiaries of these hard work and sacrifices as we attain the age of 60 and above As a side activity the Commission has provided an enrolment booth to register senior citizens and sensitise them on the process of enrolment and issuance of National ID cards Aziz said Meanwhile Dr Abel Afolayan the National President of NUP represented by Alhaji Abdullahi Tsohoo said in other climes the welfare and care of the senior citizens are top priority NUP is proud to be associated with all the activities of the NSCC and it is ready to engage the centre in the affairs of senior citizens NAN
    NSCC, NIMC, NUP to provide ID Cards for Senior Citizens to access services
    General news6 months ago

    NSCC, NIMC, NUP to provide ID Cards for Senior Citizens to access services

    The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) are collaborating to provide ID Cards for senior citizens to access effective social and health services.The Director-General of NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro, made this known at a Town Hall Meeting with senior citizens on Wednesday in Abuja.Omokaro said the essence of the meeting was to sensitise senior ctizens on the process of registration and issuance of Special Functional Identity Cards (ID Cards).The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was organised by NSCC, NIMC and NUP“This is to facilitate their access to dignified age- friendly services, considerable discounts and courtesies in use of public spaces and facilities.“NSCC and NIMC have developed a very professional and progressive partnership with a very active and focused Technical Working Group in furtherance of the Senior Citizens ID Cards Project.” Also, the NUP has proven to be a formidable stakeholder and dependable ally. Today, we also seek to involved and mobilise all pensioners and older persons to engage with one voice to ensure the success of this process.“This is because, the lack of access is often exacerbated by aging, negative stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination and lowered expectations of their abilities,” Omokaro said.According.to her, the sensitisation is to enhance understanding of age-friendly services and spaces and compel attitudinal and behavioural changes that are needful to accelerate social inclusion and ensure sustainability.Omokaro restated the commitment of the NSCC to promoting, producing information, education and communication, to compel a change of perspective on aging and old age.“This is to ensure increase accessibility and encouragement of independence and participation of older persons in public spaces.”The Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz said the establishment of the NSCC was an indication of commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance the quality of lives of older persons“I am of a firm belief that the integration of the challenges of the senior citizens into Nigeria’s development plans will go a long way in improving their standard of living and general well being.“I want to commend the Board and Management of the NSCC for their work and efforts in identifying and catering for the social welfare of the senior citizens in areas of healthcare, pensions, security, social protection, supplementary income as well as identification.“This work is truly for all of us, as we will all be beneficiaries of these hard work and sacrifices as we attain the age of 60 and above.“As a side activity, the Commission has provided an enrolment booth to register senior citizens and sensitise them on the process of enrolment and issuance of National ID cards,” Aziz said.Meanwhile, Dr Abel Afolayan, the National President of NUP, represented by Alhaji, Abdullahi Tsohoo said in other climes, the welfare and care of the senior citizens are top priority.“NUP is proud to be associated with all the activities of the NSCC and it is ready to engage the centre in the affairs of senior citizens”.

    (NAN)

  •  The National Identity Management Commission NIMC on Tuesday denied colluding with miscreants and fraudsters to extort money from Nigerians registering for their National Identity Numbers NIN An official of the commission who spoke on condition of anonymity with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said continued reports of extortions by some individuals did not represent the commission s mandate He said some centres caught in the extortion of money from citizens had been closed down as a result of complaints from the public NAN reports that the Director General Mr Aliyu Aziz had reacted the issue in the past saying NIMC is a responsible and responsive commission which pursues the highest ethical standard in the discharge of its functions The commission suspended some staff and terminated the appointment of a few others who engaged in acts of extortion and unwholesome practices detrimental to its values he said The D G however called on Nigerians to report any fraudster extortionist unauthorised enrolment organisations sites activitiesnor similar complaints to the commission Nigerians had been directed to contact the NIMC via email at Compliance nimc gov ng actu nimc gov ng customercare nimc gov ng and servicom nimc gov ng The public is invited to visit NIMC website at https nimc gov ng for the official list of the approved NIN Enrolment Agents and approved Enrolment and Registration Centres nationwide NAN reports that NIMC s enrolment figures as at April 23 currently stand at some 80 7 million The highest cumulative enrolment figure of over 9 29 million was recorded in Lagos State Regional figures indicated an almost equal distribution across the North and South OEO NAN
    NIMC denies colluding with NIN fraudsters, extortionists
     The National Identity Management Commission NIMC on Tuesday denied colluding with miscreants and fraudsters to extort money from Nigerians registering for their National Identity Numbers NIN An official of the commission who spoke on condition of anonymity with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said continued reports of extortions by some individuals did not represent the commission s mandate He said some centres caught in the extortion of money from citizens had been closed down as a result of complaints from the public NAN reports that the Director General Mr Aliyu Aziz had reacted the issue in the past saying NIMC is a responsible and responsive commission which pursues the highest ethical standard in the discharge of its functions The commission suspended some staff and terminated the appointment of a few others who engaged in acts of extortion and unwholesome practices detrimental to its values he said The D G however called on Nigerians to report any fraudster extortionist unauthorised enrolment organisations sites activitiesnor similar complaints to the commission Nigerians had been directed to contact the NIMC via email at Compliance nimc gov ng actu nimc gov ng customercare nimc gov ng and servicom nimc gov ng The public is invited to visit NIMC website at https nimc gov ng for the official list of the approved NIN Enrolment Agents and approved Enrolment and Registration Centres nationwide NAN reports that NIMC s enrolment figures as at April 23 currently stand at some 80 7 million The highest cumulative enrolment figure of over 9 29 million was recorded in Lagos State Regional figures indicated an almost equal distribution across the North and South OEO NAN
    NIMC denies colluding with NIN fraudsters, extortionists
    General news6 months ago

    NIMC denies colluding with NIN fraudsters, extortionists

    The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Tuesday denied colluding with miscreants and fraudsters to extort money from Nigerians registering for their National Identity Numbers (NIN).

    An official of the commission, who spoke on condition of anonymity with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said continued reports of extortions by some individuals did not represent the commission’s mandate.

    He said some centres caught in the extortion of money from citizens had been closed down as a result of complaints from the public.

    NAN reports that the Director-General, Mr Aliyu Aziz, had reacted the issue in the past, saying “NIMC is a responsible and responsive commission which pursues the highest ethical standard in the discharge of its functions.

    “The commission suspended some staff and terminated the appointment of a few others who engaged in acts of extortion and unwholesome practices detrimental to its values,” he said.

    The D-G however called on Nigerians to report any fraudster, extortionist, unauthorised enrolment organisations, sites, activitiesnor similar complaints to the commission.

    “Nigerians had been directed to contact the NIMC via email at:Compliance@nimc.gov.ng
    actu@nimc.gov.ng
    customercare@nimc.gov.ng
    and servicom@nimc.gov.ng

    “The public is invited to visit NIMC website at https:.nimc.gov.ng for the official list of the approved NIN Enrolment Agents and approved Enrolment and Registration Centres nationwide.”

    NAN reports that NIMC’s enrolment figures as at April 23, currently stand at some 80.7 million.

    The highest cumulative enrolment figure of over 9.29 million was recorded in Lagos State.

    Regional figures indicated an almost equal distribution across the North and South.

    OEO

    (NAN)

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