A delegation of the Federal Government that left Nigeria to cheer Samuel Peter to victory in his World Boxing Council fight against Oleg Maskaev in Mexico on Sunday did not make it to the venue as Mexican immigration officials refused them entry into the North Amercan country.
According to Saharareporters.com on Monday, over 20 people came from Nigeria instead of four agreed on between the two countries.
It was also revealed that the Nigerian officials failed to pick up their visas from London, with the delegation unilaterally making their transit through Spain from where they boarded their flight to Mexico City.
The immigration source, who spoke to Saharareporters.com from Mexico City, also claimed that the delegation did not book hotels where they could be located, giving room to further the suspicion that they were up to some tricks in Mexico.
The delegation, which was led by the National Sports Commission Chairman, Abdulraham Gimba, also included an unnamed Deputy Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Sports Commission, Dr. Amos Adamu, and some officials from Akwa Ibom, Peter?s home state, led by the Commissioner of Sports, Mr. Umoetuk.
Mexican authorities told Saharareporters.com that only Gimba was allowed into the country because he was carrying a diplomatic passport.
Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone on Monday, the Chief Press Secretary to the Akwa Ibom Governor, Mr. Usoro Usoro, confirmed that the delegation, including the state officials, was denied entry by the Mexican immigration at the point of entry.
According to him, the Mexican authorities told the delegation to go to London for their visas. Mexico does not have an embassy in Nigeria.
Usoro said the Nigerians protested and opted for a return to the country instead of going to London.