A Nigerian woman identified as @dunchichi on social media has allegedly been sentenced to a one-year jail term by the United Arab Emirates government for an unspecified social media post.
On August 31st, @dunchichi posted on Twitter that she was detained with other Nigerians in spite of having a valid visa.
I am at the Dubai international airport and I am along with some other Nigerians who have valid visas. We were detained in a room hours after arriving and we don’t know what to do. Please help me. There are more than 20 of us.”
@dunchichi, who wrote the original post, has been jailed in Dubai for an offence relating to her earlier Facebook post. Another user – @jerrydoubles – who claims to be her relative, on Saturday announced this news.
She said, “It’s so sad to hear that @dunchichi has been sentenced to one year in jail. Nigeria couldn’t save her. Her family is broken.”
“He came here, not by foot but with a family visa to travel. In his opinion, he had been there with his sister. It got messy and complicated when they were detained for a couple of hours. They only got released on arrival after being sentenced.”
“They are capitalizing on the fact that she made a video and 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, this didn’t soften them. Now she is jailed #justicefordinci.”
He claimed that her family was planning to protest her conviction at the branch of the consulate office in Abuja.
“If you’re in Abuja or know someone who is, please join us,” tweeted Aminu.
SaharaReporters recently reported that the United Arab Emirates government has instituted a visa ban on Nigerian citizens. Additionally, they reported that all submitted applications are rejected and cannot be refunded.
The ban was announced on a notice issued to businesses and travel agencies in Nigeria by UAE immigration authorities.