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Ambassador denies link with visa issuance to Lebanese terrorist

Former Nigerian ambassador to Lebanon, Oluwole Idowu, has refuted reports linking him with the issuance of Nigerian visa to a wanted Lebanese terrorist, Ahmed Al Assir.
In a statement in Lagos yesterday, Idowu described as malicious and defamatory such media reports which, he added, were deficient in facts and professionalism.
He said he could not have been involved in the issuance of any Nigerian visa in Beirut in August 2015 when he completed his tour of duty in Lebanon on April 6 and ‘’meritoriously” retired from service after 35 years on August 14.
The former envoy said  while his lawyers were already taking up the issue of false and libellous publications with the concerned media organisations, he considered these clarifications most expedient because “of the embarrassment which the publications have been causing me, family, friends and associates which I had cultivated locally and internationally in the past 35 years.”
Idowu pledged his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, his government and the Foreign Affairs Ministry which, he said, he had committed his entire work life as a diplomat and career ambassador.
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