By Chichi Onwugbonu, London.
An angry 32-year old man was arrested following a destruction of five cars at the Nigerian High Commission’s office in London, United Kingdom on Monday.
The act in the daylight of Monday was met with swift reactions from the officials of Nigeria High Commission and the general public .
In a press release obtained by KBJOJO News in the UK, Chairperson of the newly established Nigerians In Diapora Commission, Hon Dabiri-Erewa condemns destruction of the vehicles and described the act as unpatriotic.
The statement partly reads;
*Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has described the attitude of a 32-year old Nigerian, Jeffrey Apkovweta Ewohime who destroyed several properties of the Nigerian embassy in London as despicable and condemnable.”
The statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said that such an attitude was unpatriotic, and an unconscionable act of indiscipline
Dabiri-Erewa said she received a report that Emohime went to the Nigeria Embasy in London on Monday,
He had approached the Embassy to collect his passport which expired since Nov 2017 at about 2 p.m and was told collection of passports closes at 1pm.
He then insisted on collecting his passport , and was told to bring his collection slip which he could not produce.
According to reports from the Embassy, it would of course be wrong to hand over his passport to him , without his collection slip,
He thereafter left agitated and returned from a nearby hotel to destroy about seven cars,5 belonging to the mission, and 2 to visitors who parked near by.
His attempt to destroy the High Commissioner’s car failed as it is a bullet proof.
“I am told that he has been arrested by the police. ”
“ This is a despicable act, which must be condemned by all. Of course, the law must take its course”, .
“Dabiri-Erewa implored Nigerians abroad to exercise restraint and be good ambassadors of Nigeria at all times in all circumstances.
S.A. Media to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa”
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A video of the incident obtained saw George Oguntade, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, inspecting the vandalised cars and asking how it happened.
Watch video here:
One of the onlookers was heard saying “One mad boy came to collect passport and they didn’t give him, so he destroyed our cars.”
Nigerians are curious about how the personal details of the person had gone public. “This is a criminal offence.” Hon Dabiri reacted to the breach of data protection as copies of the newly issued passport to the man had been flowing across the social media.
Man who destroyed cars at the Nigeria High Commission in London is identified
The Nigerian man who destroyed five embassy cars in London earlier today has now been identified as Jeffery Apkovweta Ewohime.
Ehohime has been arrested by the police in London.
Sources said he initially caused problem at the Belgian embassy where his passport was confiscated.
After he was turned back by the embassy because he arrived “late”, the 32-year-old lashed out by using iron rods and stones to destroy vehicles parked within the embassy’s premises.
Mary Ushié, the Immigration Attaché 1 of the Nigeria High Commision to the UK confimed the incident in a statement obtained by KBJOJO News Monday night. (SEE BELOW)
According to her, Ewohime arrived the Nigerian mission in London for passport services.
He said, “He arrived late and was told by the Security that the Mission has closed for the day. He went about destroying Nigeria’s diplomatic vehicles worth hundreds of thousands of taxpayers money. The passport in question has been issued since 6th of June 2019. He did not leave any self-addressed envelope for delivery.”
Meanwhile, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assitant to the President on Foreign Affairs, has also reacted to the embassy incident.
You can watch the video below…
Nigeria High Commission stated that :
“The attention of the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede MFR has been drawn to a very disturbing incident where a citizen who went to our Mission in London for Passport services. He arrived late and was told by the Security that the Mission has closed for the day. He went about destroying Nigeria’s diplomatic vehicles worth hundreds of thousands of tax payers money. The Passport in question has been issued since 6th of June 2019. He did not leave any self-addressed envelope for delivery” – Nigeria Immigration.
Below are the pictures of the vandalised cars, others:
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