UK: Peter Obi admits to have broken international law, says he did not do it intentionally

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, Peter Obi has admitted to having broken international law in the UK, saying it was done unintentionally.

Recall that Obi was, on Friday morning, April 7, 2023, accosted by an immigration official at Heathrow Airport in London, and handed a detention note.

The former Anambra state governor was later released after being questioned for identity duplication, which suggests that someone had been impersonating Obi in London.

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Labour Party campaign spokesman Diran Onifade said in a statement explained that the immigration officials who were also taken aback at the reaction of the people were forced to reveal to those present that Obi was being questioned.

Onifade asserted that 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.

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He, however, fingered the FG, saying they are trying all means to demarket Obi who came a distant third in the last election.

Speaking in a terse statement on the development over the issue on his Twitter handle on Tuesday night, April 18, 2023, Obi the offence committed was not intentional.

“Sometimes as humans, we make mistakes but, I will never knowingly break any law. I am therefore not afraid of the lies and propaganda against my person. They are part of the journey to a New Nigeria,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Diran Onifade, Head, Media and Communications of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council had earlier denied receiving any letter of apology from the British government over his detention by immigration officials at Heathrow Airport in London.

A statement by Onifade reads, “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. 

Mr Peter Obi and the LP/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 our mandate, which we are firmly convinced, was overwhelmingly expressed by voters, in the Presidential election of February 25th.”

The United Kingdom government had also refuted comments over the detention and interrogation of Obi, by British immigration officials in London.

When contacted for clarification on the matter, the head of the Media Unit of the British High Commission in Abuja, Dean Hurlock, told our correspondent that the mission does not make comments on issues of that nature because they are personal.

“The British High Commission is aware of media reports around the LP presidential candidate in the past few days. But in line with the Commission’s policy, we don’t comment on individual cases,” Hurlock said.

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