Dubai authorities have sentenced Dinchi Lar, a Nigerian citizen, to one year in prison for tweeting a video revealing the horrific treatment she and other Africans were forced to endure at Dubai International Airport.
On August 31, Ms Lar tweeted a now-deleted photo and video chronicling the mistreatment of Africans by the foreign government.
Claiming that she was detained for eight hours without any form of explanation, the Nigerian insulted the Dubai government for abusing her and other African nationals without apology even after findings showed that ‘She met all visa requirements and was not carrying contraband.
“I am at Dubai International Airport and myself and Nigerian Tigers with valid visas are being held in a room hours after arrival with no explanation or information on what we can do. Help me please. We are over 20. tweeted the Nigerian lady.
“The treatment of Nigerians in Dubai is bad. After meeting the requirements for a visa, which requires a lot of money, and being issued one, you are treated with disdain upon arrival. Not being given an explanation or being allowed to ask a question when they decide to do what they want,” added Mrs. Lar.
Under Dubai’s new visa regulations at the time, the Nigerian had applied for a family visa and was traveling with her sister, who was also being held up at the airport alongside other Africans.
Ms Lar was then allowed to enter the city, but on September 6, when she attempted to leave Dubai for Nigeria, vindictive foreign authorities pounced on her, detaining her over the viral tweet that painted their country in a negative light.
The video tweet which explicitly showed the harsh treatment suffered by Nigerian citizens at the hands of authorities in Dubai, has now been deletedpresumably on the orders of foreign agents in the days following Ms. Lar’s arrest.
Despite the removal of the video, the UAE government sentenced the Nigerian to one year in prison on October 12, without offering her a fair trial or legal representation, according to double jerrywho knows the subject well.
It is unclear whether the Nigerian government is aware of Ms Lar’s sentencing as Abike Dabiri, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the matter.
Inquiry messages also sent to Geoffrey Onyeama, the Foreign Secretary, on his mobile phone also remained unanswered at the time of this report.
Ms. Lar’s family members began protesting her sentencing at the Dubai Consulate in Abuja on Monday and created the hashtag #Justicefordinchi to raise awareness of her plight online.