The UK government has responded to a letter from Premium Times, a Nigerian online news media, regarding the arrest and detention of Peter Obi in London.
However, the UK government declined to provide sufficient details about Obi’s ordeal, stating that they do not comment on individual cases.
Obi’s detention in London was claimed to be related to alleged impersonation, but details about his arrest, release, and the offences committed by the impersonator remain unclear.
In a brief response on Thursday, April 13, the UK government stated that they do not comment on individual’s cases, as conveyed by Chloe Newman, Senior Communications Officer – Newsdesk Communications Directorate.
“We do not comment on individual cases,” Newman was quoted as saying.
Premium Times had written to the UK Home Office on April 13th, seeking to understand the circumstances surrounding Obi’s ordeal in the European country for accurate reporting.
In a statement released on Wednesday, April 12, by Obi-Datti Media, headed by Diran Onifade, it was claimed that Obi was detained in London by UK immigration officials over alleged impersonation.
The statement did not, however, contain details of Mr Obi’s arrest and his subsequent release before returning to the country.
Specifically, neither the UK government nor the LP, in its statement, gave clarification on Mr Obi’s offences, when and how he was released, the conditions upon which he was released, the current status of the case against him and other related issues.
More so, while the party claimed in its statement issued on Wednesday that Mr Obi was arrested over alleged impersonation, it failed to state the offences committed by the impersonator for which Mr Obi was “arrested”, “harassed” and eventually “detained” before he was released.
It also remains unclear if Mr Obi was deported and if he still possesses a valid UK access visa at the moment following his last week’s ordeal in London.