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Diaspora - United Kingdom Updated: March 31, 2023

Ariwoola, Tinubu: US-Based Nigerian Writes UK Government, Seeks Probe, Visa Revocation

By Sydney Elike
March 31, 2023
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Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian lawyer based in the United States, has penned a letter to the British authorities asking for a probe into the alleged meeting between the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Kayode Ariwoola and the President-elect, Bola Tinubu in London.

Ogebe is seeking action on the part of the Uk government after it was alleged that Ariwoola and Tinubu met secretly to discuss the legal issues surrounding the case challenging the latter's election victory.

While informing the authorities of how Nigerian politicians have reportedly turned Britain into a rendezvous for political schemes, the lawyer asked them to look into claims of Ariwoola's illness.

Ogebe also wants Tinubu's visa revoked.

Tinubu pictured returning from a previous trip to the UK

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“Nigeria’s politicians have of late made your kingdom’s capital Mecca for their political machinations.

“Senator Tinubu, in particular, had numerous meetings, consultations and strategy sessions in London in the run-up to the elections, as did others”, he noted.

Speaking further, Ogebe accused Tinubu of making inciting statements during one of his numerous meetings in London.

According to him, Tinubu's words led to many Nigerians being ethnically profiled and disenfranchised during the presidential election.

“Political power is not to be served in a restaurant. It’s not served a la carte. It’s what we are doing.

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“Fight for it. Grab it. Snatch it and run with it”, were the words Ogebe recalled Tinubu saying.

The Nigerian lawyer wants the UK government to “restrict the visa of Senator Tinubu from coming to the UK for his party’s role in the violent and deadly suppression of voters in Lagos state, including the murder of a Labour party polling agent at the Trade Fair area.”

The restriction, if put in place, would require Tinubu to reapply for a UK visa, primarily for official visits, if he becomes president.

“If he is sworn in as president and obtains a diplomatic passport, he can reapply for a UK visa for official visits thereafter", Ogebe said.

He added that it is imperative that the foreign government aid Nigeria in its fight to curb “attempted trafficking in injustice.”

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