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Wrongful Detention: Confusion Over Reported UK Apology To Peter Obi

It is beginning to appear that there is more to the alleged wrongful detention of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi in the United Kingdom (UK) airport by immigration officers.

This is more so after a statement credited to a Spokesman of Obi-Datti Media Office, Diran Onifade, the media is awash that the British government has apologised to the Labour Party presidential candidate Mr Peter Obi after immigration officials admitted wrongly giving him a detention note.

The officials, according to the reports, had detained Obi for committing several alleged financial crimes only to find out that he was being impersonated.

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They reported that the UK immigration also said the uncomplimentary treatment Peter Obi received was “completely unacceptable,” and issued a personal apology.
“Frankly, the Immigration Official’s action – has been appalling – and we are sorry,” Immigration authorities apologised.

Obi, was unlawfully detained and interrogated for hours by immigration officials at Heathrow Airport in London on April 7, 2023.

However, in contrary reports, Mr. Peter Obi Presidential Candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, denied receiving any letter of apology from the British government over his detention by immigration officials at the Heathrow Airport in London.

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In a statement also credited to same Diran Onifade, the Head of Obi-Datti Media, on Thursday, said, “We have been receiving enquiries with regards to a so called apology, purportedly issued by the British Government or any of its agencies, to our Principal Mr Peter Obi, in respect of a routine Immigration engagement with him, as he arrived London, for a brief visit, last Friday, the 7th of April.

“We would like to state emphatically that we are not aware of any such apology, and have not issued any statement whatsoever, in that regard.

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“While we continue to examine any dubious or political motive, on the part of the perpetrators of the identity theft, we have every confidence in the ability of the British authorities to resolve the matter, to conclusion,” Onifade said.

He said the former Anambra State Governor and the Labour Party/Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) have since moved on from the incident and continue to be totally focused on the legal processes before the Election Petition Tribunal towards the recovery of their mandate, which they are convinced, was overwhelmingly expressed by voters, in the Presidential election of February 25.

Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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