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“Obi’s Proxy Behind Lies That Atiku Enters US As Tambuwal’s Aide To Evade Arrest”


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Reno Omokri, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar did not make use of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s immunity to travel to the United States of America.

Also, since Atiku’s current trip to the US, a post on social media has claimed that the PDP candidate used Governor Tambuwal’s immunity to enter the US..

Omokri in a post on his verified Facebook page on Saturday described  the statement as not only silly, noting that Nigerian Governors do not have immunity outside the country.

He wrote “Nigerian Governors have no immunity outside Nigeria. Which is why a serving Governor Alamieyeseigha was arrested in London. Even serving American Governors do not have immunity in America, which is why a serving Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, and a serving New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, were arrested, charged, and in the case of Blagojevich, convicted, he said.

“Even serving foreign heads of state, who break US and international law, can be arrested in the United States, which is why Manuel Noriega, a serving head of state of Panama, was arrested and tried in the US, where he served a prison sentence in Miami, Florida.

“So, how can you believe the lie that Waziri Atiku used Governor Tanbuwal’s immunity to travel to the United States?

“And the source of this lie, who is a known proxy of former Governor Peter Obi, based that immunity on the diplomatic passport held by Governor Tanbuwal? A cursory research would reveal that any former Vice President also holds a diplomatic passport in their own right.



“That being the case, why would Waziri Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria, have to piggyback on Governor Aminu Tanbuwal’s diplomatic passport? It doesn’t even make common sense.

“Moreover, an investigation by any journalist would reveal that Waziri Atiku Abubakar and Governor Tambuwal did not travel together. They arrived in the United States on separate dates, via separate airport terminals, and in separate aeroplanes.

“Additionally, even the fact of diplomatic immunity is not a defence in this particular instance (not that a defence is required, as both Waziri Atiku Abubakar and Governor Aminu Tanbuwal are persons of sterling character, who have broken no laws). By virtue of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, holders of diplomatic passports can be prosecuted and jailed for crimes committed outside the country they are accredited to.

“Finally, we have identified the source of this fake news and have passed on his details to US authorities. I will not say more than that at this time, as the matter is in their hands.”

 


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