Dinchi Lar, a Nigerian woman, was sentenced to a year in prison in the United Arab Emirates. According to Dinchi Lar's family, she was imprisoned for exposing the mistreatment of Nigerians at Dubai airports.
They made this claim at a demonstration on Sunday in Abuja in response to the Dubai authorities' one-year prison term for the woman.
On August 31, Lar had taken to herTwitterpage 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 tiger 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 is more than 20 of us.”
In a series of posts that followed, Lar accused the airport authorities of humiliating Nigerians.
On Saturday, her family, in a post by one@jerrydoubles,said she was sentenced for exposing the maltreatments of Nigerians in Dubai.Related News
The post read in part,“It is sad and regrettably heartrending to tell you all that Dinchi Lar was sentenced on 12th Oct 22, to 1yr in jail in Dubai. Her family is devastated and Nigeria didn’t save her. Her sentence came from the backdrop that she got a family visa to travel. But in fact, she was traveling with her sister. It got messy and complicated. She was released on arrival after being detained for several hours, only to be sentenced when she was returning to Nigeria.
“They are capitalising on the fact that she made a video then posted it on her Twitter timeline to narrate the ordeal. They said it’s cybercrime in their country. She went ahead to delete it. Still, that didn’t soften them. Now she’s jailed. We are planning a protest at the Dubai consulate in Abuja.”
Her family members and friends protested on Sunday against her sentencing, stating that she was “detained in Dubai since September 6.”
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, in a release by its Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said Lar was convicted under the UAE cybercrime law.
The release read in part, “Under the UAE cybercrime law, taking a video or photograph of someone without his/her consent and posting such on social media is an offence punishable with one-year jail term or a fine between approximately $69,000 and $137,000, or both jail term and fine.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.