Yoruba! Senior Diplomat Detained In Venezuela Over Alleged Fraud

Published 7 years ago by: Charles colins
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at 12:24 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)

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A senior diplomat with the Nigerian mission in Venezuela, Dr. Olarotimi Ajayi, has been detained by Venezuelan immigration authorities for over two weeks now over allegation of fraud.

AEB gathered that Ajayi has been detained since July 19, 2012, when he returned to Venezuela from the United States of America, where he had gone for a promotional examination at Nigeria’s mission there.

According to an online news website thenigerianvoice.com, Ajayi’s travails are as a result of his running battle with Nigeria’s ambassador in Venezuela, Felix Oboro, over management of the mission’s finances.

It was gathered that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the quarrel between Ajayi and Oboro and that the case is even before a court in Venezuela where Ajayi’s lawyers had gone to secure an order to stop his deportation from the country since he has a legal permit to stay in the country.

A source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the ministry was trying to resolve it as both men had made written testimonies.

It is reported that Ajayi is not receiving any consular assistance because he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his suit in Venezuela.

When contacted, the acting director (public communication) and spokesperson of the ministry, Mr. Ogbole Amedu-Ode, said that his office was not formally aware of the matter.

Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement that it would not be stampeded to recall Oboro despite reports of misconduct bordering on drug trafficking and misappropriation of funds against him.

The ministry said that the reports against Oboro are allegations and “will remain mere allegations until proven to be true on the basis of factual evidence, which in this case had not been adduced. The ministry does not dwell on rumours that are not backed by evidence”.

It said that until such matters against Oboro are investigated by the Foreign Service Inspectorate, the ministry would not take any hasty decision that is not in consonance with due process and rule of law.

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Chigozirim at 12:31 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Is there own cup of tea.
verah at 12:41 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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rubbish nd nonsense  Angry Angry Angry

Neglito at 12:46 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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proly at 12:47 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Ok ooooooh
aso4life1 at 01:04 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Admin, why na? why do you people like to edit people's news headline and insert tribal names? Do you enjoy how people fight over tribalism on your website?

Please change your ways and stop being a tool for commotion. Both the Ambassador Oboro and Rotimi are not clean cos I have seen this news few days ago with counter allegations coming from both party, what a National disgrace from far away venezuela

aso4life1 at 01:09 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Nigeria's missions abroad stinks- Nigeria's Venezuela mission needs overhaul

In the last few months, it is coming to light the activities of Nigerian Ambassadors abroad; it is obvious that these Ambassadors are not representing the interest of Nigeria as a nation but the interest of those who masterminds their appointment in the first place. Gone is the era of merit appointment for the purpose of going to serve the interest of their motherland.

It is on record that two American banks placed an embargo on accounts belonging to Nigeria missions in New York and Washington D.C. Is this not embarrassing enough for the President to recall such Ambassadors and reprimand them for bringing dishonour and credit to Nigeria? 

 According to that on-going investigations, Bank of America and Wells Fargo freeze the Embassies accounts because they discovered that they are using the Embassy accounts to do financial transactions which are not satisfactory and Nigeria Permanent Secretary back in Abuja and his team is not offering any better explanation over a suspicious use of a total sum of $3.6 million wired through separate accounts through these two banks. 

The officials of the two banks suspects that the accounts belonging to the two missions might have been used as conduits for laundering and other unscrupulous activities. 

In Germany as I write the Nigerians in that country is demanding the removal and recall of their Ambassador, Ambassador Abdu Usman Abubakar for overseeing a corrupt mission and doing nothing about it. People are overcharged their E-passports and more annoyingly, the Ambassador is not assessable to; he has hardly attended any Nigerian organized function since arriving in Berlin. He has one excuse or the other not to attend; it was obvious is avoiding the Nigerian community leaders whom are against his style of leadership. During the President visit, Goodluck Jonathan, they hurriedly invited few Nigerians in their click to attend. Why should only 10 Nigerians attend a function where Nigerian President is? Last month, the Nigerians took a backed protect including Germans who accused the Nigeria Embassy of collecting money from German authorities to illegally deport persons who are not Nigerians with fake documents back to Nigeria. There was nobody to comment on this matter, I made a direct phone call to the Nigeria Embassy in Berlin to speak to the Ambassador, the woman on the line said I could not speak to the Ambassador and was willing to give me someone else. I insisted I was from the press and I want to speak to the Ambassador. She promised to call back; but she never did.

The latest in the news is Nigeria Ambassador to Venezuela, Ambassador Felix Oboro has severally been accused of drug trafficking, money laundering and false documentations to allow his family members stay in Venezuela; in his case, his matter his before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abuja. There is a direct involvement of the permanent Secretary of the ministry, also an Ambassador Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi who is accused of turning a blind eye to the allegations against Ambassador Oboro.

Has Jonathan not got enough problems in his hands to be encouraging more with controversial appointments like that of Oboro? Are these the only Nigerians we have to represent their states or there is more to it? I urgently request that the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs investigate these matters and for public confidence, make known their findings in the public.

In the case of Venezuela, I learnt that the informant from the mission who led to the investigations that discovered that Ambassador Oboro has been over spending money meant for the mission is now under fire from the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If this allegation is true then the Minister of Foreign Affairs should step into the matter and urgently address it as it would bring the entire government to disrepute internationally.

It is no hidden information of the atrocities of these missions abroad and if you search on the internet, you will bring several damaging stories so that the Goodluck Jonathan led government is silent about is a sign of contempt and encouragement to maintain the culture of impunity in Nigeria.

I pray something is done and soonest.
By Tom Keyamo, I am a concerned Nigerian and a political activist based in United Kingdom

jamesbondchick at 01:11 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Ole! Serves him right!

jamesbondchick at 01:11 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Ole! Serves him right!

aso4life1 at 01:11 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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The truth is that our Federal government is covering the Ambassador, so they have to detain his opponent for coming out against the Ambassador's crimes

daddison at 01:16 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Yeye diplomatic thieves
Lekan22 at 01:23 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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chicco77 at 01:56 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
dizhadah at 02:41 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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these are the pple who are spoiling the good name of Nigeria.
martino_martino at 02:48 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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What are they doing there before?Let them detain her after all there is many Nigerians there in the prison,what is there effort to secure life's of innocent Nigerians they only know there pockets,let God Punish dem all.
Bettygirls at 02:56 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Bettygirls at 03:06 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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toibeli at 03:21 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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Everything about Nigeria needs overhauling Embarrassed
Dattina at 03:51 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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whatever  Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue
Treasure2 at 04:16 PM, 31/07/2012 (7 years ago)
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This government will surely answer Nigerians one day
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