Nigerias foremost investigative newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES, has written the United Kingdom government requesting the details of the arrest and detention of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, by its immigration officials at Heathrow airport in London last week.
In the letter dated 13 April to the UK Home Office, the newspaper sought to understand the circumstances surrounding Mr Obis ordeals in the European country during Easter.
On Wednesday, the Head, ObiDatti Media, Diran Onifade, in a statement announced that the LP candidate was last week detained in London by UK immigration officials over alleged impersonation.
Mr Onifade, however, said Mr Obi has since returned to Nigeria.
The LP presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential poll arrived at the Heathrow Airport in London from Nigeria on Good Friday, April 7, 2023, and joined the queue for the necessary Airport protocols when he was accosted by immigration officials who handed him a detention note and told him to step aside, he said in the statement.
He added that Mr Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria, was harassed by the London immigration officials and placed in detention where he spent the Easter holidays.
The statement did not, however, highlight the necessary details of Mr Obis arrest and his subsequent discharge before returning to the country.
Similarly, the UK government has yet to provide any information surrounding Mr Obis ordeal in London.
- The inquiry
- LP mute
- No apology from UK authorities
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