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We didn’t bail Obi from UK detention – FG



The Federal Government of Nigeria has debunked news that it was responsible for bailing the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, out of detention ordeal in London, United Kingdom.

Obi was last week briefly detained at Hearthrow Airport in London over a mistaken identity during his trip to celebrate Easter in the UK.

A photo on Thursday purportedly emerged on the internet showing the Executive Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, seated in an office with Obi and a UK law enforcement officer in order to secure the LP presidential candidate’s release from detention.

Also, Bashir Ahmed, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, shared via Twitter on Thursday, implying that the Federal Government intervened in Peter Obi’s ordeal to secure his release.

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Ahmad tweeted, “I heard Aunty @Abike Dabiri has done it for the Compatriot that needed her intervention in the UK. God bless you and the services you have been rendering for our countrymen and women, especially this recent one, ma’am!”

But, the spokesperson and head of Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of NiDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, has disowned the viral photo, describing it as a stunt.

Balogun said the NiDCOM boss, Dabiri-Erewa, was not in the UK and not in a position to secure the release of any Nigerian suspected to be under UK interrogation

“Our attention has been called to the above stunt which has gone viral. Aunty Abike Dabiri-Erewa is NOT in UK and NOT in a position to secure the release of any Nigerian suspected to be under UK interrogation. So, members of the public should disregard the information in its entirety,” the NiDCOM spokesman stated.


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