The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25, 2023 polls in Nigeria, Peter Obi, has revealed details of his identity duplication saga in the United Kingdom.
The Eagle Online recalls that Obi was briefly detained at the Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom over the issue.
Speaking during a Twitter space organised by the Parallel Media on Sunday, Obi said: “I have been to the UK this year at least four times when I went to the Chatham House when I was invited by the UK government.
“So, it was a surprise to me.
“I had lived there for years and still own property there because that was where I lived before I became governor and for me to appear at the airport and they will ask me to sit down, I was very surprised, but all these happened within a few minutes.”
The former two-term Anambra State Governor said he has learnt his lessons from the incidence.
Obi added: “It is shocking when someone tells you that your identity was duplicated.
“My first reaction was to say it means nothing, but I was referred to an expert on identity duplication who further shocked me.
“He (the expert) said to me: ‘Peter you could be implicated for a rape, you book a hotel, they have their own gang that comes in, set you up at night and someone says you did this, and they call police. In the UK and everywhere in the Western world, this is a serious case, and you can’t get bail. You could be implicated in murder with your duplicate, same thing if they are checking any luggage.’
“Thank God nothing happened.
“I have been managing it.
“And I have been to the UK since then, while they too are investigating.
“When I arrived after that, I was asked and I explained to them, they said they are looking into it, that’s all I can say for now.
“I’m also extremely careful and I’m managing it and hoping nothing goes wrong, but it is something that started from Nigeria.”