A widow, Ndidiamaka Ekwerekwu, wife of a late businessman, Victor Ekwerekwu, has vehemently kicked against the order of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that a DNA test be conducted on nine-year-old Chidera Ekwerekwu.
The IGP gave the order following a protracted battle between the family of the late businessman and his widow, over the paternity of the child.
However, the widow has gone to Justice D.A. Onyefulu of the Anambra State High Court for an order restraining the IG from releasing the result of the test conducted on the child.
According to her, subjecting the child to a DNA test “amounts to slavery, servitude and a degrading treatment, which is a gross violation of his fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.”
She asked the court to declare any result arising from the DNA test a nullity, while asking that her husband’s family pay her N6bn as damages by both the police and her deceased husband’s family.
Among other reliefs, the plaintiff demanded “an order nullifying the result obtained from a purported DNA test conducted on the applicants forcibly without her consent and rendering such results null and void and not to be accepted by any court of law same being obtained by illegal and fraudulent means.”
Named as the first to sixth respondents were Charles Ekwerekwu, Njideka Ndiwe, Nonso Okechukwu, IG Mohammed Adamu, Abba Kyari (Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head of Intelligence Response Team) and CP of Anambra State.
Victor has not been buried since he died in October 29, 2019, following a 10-month battle over the paternity of the boy, as well as the cause of his death.
Ndidiamaka was said to have brought the child a few hours after he died and claimed that the deceased was responsible for the child.
The family noted that prior to his death, the couple were married for 18 years, but never had a child.
Besides, the deceased’s family alleged that Ndidiamaka later proceeded to the probate registry where she registered the child, formerly known as Ezenwa Onochie Ekwerekwu, as next of kin of the deceased.
They demanded a thorough investigation into both the paternity of the child and cause of Victor’s death.
The IG therefore ordered the IRT unit of the police, headed by Kyari, to act swiftly.
Although they have since been in detention at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, the results of both maternity and paternity tests conducted on the child were being awaited.