How David Hundeyin, Nigerian investigative journalist who exposed Tinubu’s Guinean citizenship, was arrested in Zimbabwe


, a Nigerian investigative journalist and activist, was arrested and detained by the Zimbabwe government at Harare Airport. The Zimbabwe Permanent Secretary in the Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Service, Nick Mangwana, explained the reason for his arrest.

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Hundeyin, while carrying a Nigerian Passport, had previously sought asylum in Ghana and traveled to Zimbabwe using the same papers. Consequently, he was swiftly apprehended, detained, and subsequently deported. Earlier, Ejes Gist News Nigeria had reported Hundeyin’s detention, wherein he described being held in a locked, unpleasant room for almost seven hours, as he shared on his Twitter account.


Speaking on the detention, the Ziimbabwe Permanent Secretary, Mangwana tweeted, “It seems David Hundeyin while carrying a Nigerian Passport, he is seeking asylum in Ghana and those are the papers he travelled with. Unfortunately for him, Ghanians are not allowed in Zimbabwe without a VISA and he was promptly arrested, detained and deported.

David Hundeyin
Nigerian investigative journalist, David Hundeyin.

“I am sorry that this journalist found himself in this situation. That said, we do have Immigration laws in our country that are obligatory to all prospective entrants, and no profession is immune to them. If someone’s travel document is such that they need a Visa, that law applies to everyone including “an award winning journalist”. Our laws are blind to social stations or attended achievements.



“Jaqui, since he has chosen to put all his issues out without making full disclosure, it forces us to give details we would have preferred not. But we realize this may affect how Zimbabweans are treated when they visit Nigeria so we are going give the information here.



David Hundeyin came with Ghanaian Refuge papers claiming he was a Nigerian who was a refuge from his home country. His country of Asylum is Ghana after claiming to be running away from persecution in Nigeria. People in this category certainly need Visas to enter Zimbabwe. He wasn’t coming in to work as a journalist. He said he was just coming to visit but without getting a Visa in Ghana first. Other parts of his story were also unsatisfactory to the immigration authorities. He was considered not a candidate for entry into Zimbabwe.”



“The great fraternal relationships between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Zimbabwe do not preclude the nationals of either country from the inconvenience of meeting Visa requirements of either sister nation. You are not even sure whether he is even being treated as a Nigerian or another nationality.



“And it’s unethical for me as offices to discuss an individual’s live immigration case on Twitter giving all personal circumstances. What I can assure you is that by now I have already established that he failed to meet certain immigration requirements and entry was refused. That is as far as I can go. The Nigerian Consulate may be able to make the necessary interventions which speak to our historical and current relations. Good Night.”

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