The Ebonyi State Government has disclosed that it is reaching out to the family of the touted donor, David Ukpo, who was contacted by former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu to donate his kidney to the senator’s ailing daughter.
A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Uchenna Orji, on Sunday, in Abakaliki and made available to newsmen, said the government is reaching out to David Ukpo’s family who is from the state.
His words are; “Ukpo’s information to the metropolitan authority of the United Kingdom orchestrated the criminal charge levelled against Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.
“The state government is following the turn of events and twists which followed the medical intention of the former Deputy Senate President, over the health condition of his daughter, Sonia.
“These circumstances led to the detention of the senator and his wife in the United Kingdom (UK).
“We urge the UK government to act progressively and meticulously while critically looking at the intention of the detained family.
“The Ebonyi government urges that they be given the benefit of the doubt.
“We also enjoin the public especially those with shades of opinions and surge of anxieties, to remain calm.
“The government hopes to see light at the end of the tunnel.”
The commissioner reiterated that the state government stands with Mr Ekweremadu at this trying moment.
“We hope that the truth and nothing but it shall guide the outcome of the matter” he stated.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian senator and his wife were arrested for allegedly plotting to traffic a homeless 15-year-old boy to the UK and harvest his organs to give to their daughter who has kidney failure.
Ekweremadu, 60, was said to have had £20,000 on him at the time of his arrest, according to prosecutors.