Nigerian lady jailed in UAE for tweeting about treatment at Dubai airport set for release

Dunchi Lar Nigerjan woman jailed in UAE over Twitter video

A Nigerian lady Dinchi Lar detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for tweeting about how she was treated at Dubai International Airport will regain her freedom in December, Rep. Beni Lar (PDP-Plateau) has said.

Lar, representing Langtang North, Langtang South Federal Constituency of Plateau State, said this during a news conference at the National Assembly in Abuja.

The lawmaker commended the Federal Government for the effort to secure a light punishment for the lady.

The excited lawmaker said, “My constituent who was imprisoned in the UAE is going to be released in December. I thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for taking this up.”

Ms Lar was initially jailed for one year for exposing the maltreatment of Nigerians at Dubai airport.

Bako Ventimimi, a member of the family of the detained lady, expressed happiness for the effort which resulted in the reduction of the sentence.

On August 31, Ms Lar took to her Twitter page to share photos and videos of herself and other people she identified as Nigerians being detained at the Dubai International Airport.

She wrote, “I am at the Dubai International Airport and 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 have done. Please help me. There are more than 20 of us here.”

The lawmaker commended the UAE government for tampering justice with mercy, adding that the gesture showed that international diplomacy could still work.

According to her, the sentence was reduced to three months through the untiring effort of the Nigerian government.

She said the sentence should send a strong caution to Nigerian youths to know the law of the country they intend travelling to before embarking on such journeys.