The family of a Nigerian lady, Dinchi Lar, who was allegedly detained by the Dubai authorities over a Twitter post on the ill-treatment of some Nigerians at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates, has hit the streets of Abuja to protest her detention seeking the Federal Government’s intervention in the matter.
One of her tweets.
Lar, had in a series of tweets alleged the highandedness of the authorities of the airport, saying, “I’m at Dubai international airport, myself and some other Nigerians with valid visas are being held in a room hours after arriving with no explanation and no information on what we can do. Please help me. There’s more than 20 of us, here.
“My sister had to go through immigration to get me released. It was a tedious process. Others are still there and I don’t know their status (sic).
“What happens if you have no family here? Nobody knows what is going on,” she added.
In a response to her tweet, the Federal Ministry of Foreign affairs, issued a statement dated Thursday, September 14, 2022 and signed by the spokesperson of the ministry, Mrs Francisca Omayuli, it read, “The attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria has been drawn to a video on the social media, showing purportedly stranded Nigerians, who arrived the Airport in Dubai, UAE on August 29, 2022, but were denied entry into the country, despite having valid visas.
“The Nigerian Mission in Dubai has clarified that most of the supposedly stranded Nigerians were issued with family visas, only to arrive Dubai alone without any family member.
“Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas.
“However, those persons allowed entry into the country have their family members in the UAE. While those who claimed their family members were on another flight, were told to wait at the airport, pending their arrival,” the statement added.
The ministry further advised travelling Nigerians to note and be guided that the Government of the UAE has introduced a new visa regime and has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40 years, except for those applying for family visas.
Following the statement by the release, the Dubai Government reportedly picked the lady up and detained her since September 6, 2022.
Meanwhile, newsmen conducted a research about the social media laws of UAE, and a website, Dubai OFW, expressly stated that, “ranting or sharing hate posts could lead to serious punishment in the country.