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House summons minister, NIS, NIMC chiefs over Ekweremadu’s docking in UK

By John Akubo, Msugh Ityokura and Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
29 June 2022   |   3:32 am
House of Representatives has summoned Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Isa Jere Idris..

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Bureau urges probe of alleged breach of citizens’ data privacy

House of Representatives has summoned Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Isa Jere Idris, and Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, to brief it on the arrest and docking of Senator Ike Ekweremadu in London, the capital of England.

The lawmakers also mandated the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the High Commission of Nigeria to the United Kingdom to take the necessary steps possible to ensure that the embattled senator and his wife, Beatrice, are provided all consular services needed while in custody.

The invitation followed a motion of urgent national importance brought by Abdullahi Sa’ad at plenary, yesterday, presided over by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.

The Green Chamber expressed displeasure with available information relating to the charges against the couple.
The legislators explained that fresh details emerging from NIS and other legitimate sources, including the visa issuing protocols at the United Kingdom High Commission and Bank Verification Number (BVN) suggest a different narrative, which might not have been available to the Metropolitan Police at the time of arrest and arraignment.

HOWEVER, the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) has ordered an inquiry into the public circulation of the personal data allegedly belonging to David Nwamini Ukpo and Sonia Ekweremadu in the ongoing case of alleged organ harvest pending before a British court.

In a statement, yesterday, in Abuja by Legal, Enforcement & Regulations Lead, Babatunde Bamigboye, the bureau’s National Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, said his organisation was disturbed that certain sensitive personal information purportedly belonging to the two Nigerian citizens (complainant and patient) were being processed by data controllers, particularly media organisations, without recourse to the spirit and letter of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019.

He clarified that NDPR prohibits the processing of personal data without the informed consent or other lawful basis known to law.

Olatunji added that the bureau had put machinery in motion to cooperate with other public institutions within and outside Nigeria to ensure transparency and accountability in the instant case.