The British government has apologized to the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, over his illegal detention at Heathrow Airport in London.
The apology came following the admittance of immigration official to have wrongly handed him a detention note in a search of man who impersonated him to commit perjury, forgery and identity theft. British authorities said the uncomplimentary treatment he received was "completely unacceptable," and thence issued a personal apology.
"Frankly, the Immigration Official's action - has been appalling - and we are sorry," Immigration authorities apologized .
Recall that Obi was reportedly detained and interrogated for hours by immigration officials at Heathrow Airport in London on April 7, 2023.
The Head of Obi-Datti Media Office, Diran Onifade, also confirmed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation's capital.
The Obi-Datti media office said the former Governor of Anambra State was wrongly detained over offences allegedly committed by an impostor who is still at large.
The statement added that the impostor of Obi may commit various crimes that would lead to the arrest of the LP flagbearer in the United Kingdom for duplication.
The statement reads in part: The Presidential
Candidate of the Labour Party,Peter Obi just back from London, United Kingdom where he celebrated Easter, has confirmed that he was harassed by London immigration officials and placed in detention but for the spontaneous reaction of Nigerians at Heathrow Airport.
"Obi-Datti Media office can confirm that 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, &joined the queue for the necessary Airport protocols when he was accosted by an immigration official who handed him a detention note and told him to step aside. He was questioned for a longtime &it was very strange cos he lived for over a decade in that country. "Since Obi's face was already an international frame, especially for Nigerians, Africans home, and in Diaspora who are likely to be Obidients, the people quickly raised their voices wondering why he was being delayed. "The immigration officials who were also taken aback at the reaction of the people were forced to reveal that Obi was being questioned for a duplication offense meaning that someone has been impersonating him in London.
"The high implication of the offense is that the impersonator could be committing all kinds of weighty crimes and other dubious acts and it would be recorded in Obi's name.
"Since the impersonator is still at large, the scenario is unimaginable as Obi could be implicated in a series of forbidden acts and even be framed in a manner that could be a huge embarrassment to him, his family, his party, the Obidient Movement, and indeed Nigeria, where he currently and indisputably remains the conscience of the people."
The Obi-Datti Media office stated that Obi has been
under all kinds of attack, since the February 25 presidential election, adding that it was not surprising that he was detained for hours in the UK.
It assured all persons of goodwill especially the Obidients that Obi is back in the country and not deterred as he is ready to suffer the pain and remain even more determined to pursue his "stolen mandate.