13th April, 2023
The Federal Government has described as ‘fake’ a photograph indicating that the boss of Nigeria in Diaspora Organisation, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, bailed Labour Party, presidential candidate Peter Obi out of detention of Immigration Authorities in the United Kingdom
Head of media/public relations and protocols unit of NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun denied the claim in a shot statement issued in Abuja.
He described the photo as a social media stunt which should be disregarded.
“Aunty Abike Dabiri-Erewa is not in UK and not is position to secure the release of any Nigerian suspected under UK interrogation. So, members of the public should disregard the information in its entirety,” he said.
Peter Obi was briefly detained at Hearthrow Airport in London identity during his recent trip to the UK.
But a fake photo has gone viral on the social media on Thursday showing the boss the NiDCOM, Dabiri-Erewa, seated in an office with Obi and a UK law enforcement officer.
The inference was that she intervened to get the Labour Party’s presidential candidate off the hook of the UK’s immigration officers
Also, in a tweet, an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, had also implied that the Federal Government intervened to get Obi off the clutches of the British Immigration officers.
Ahmad wrote: “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!”