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Peter Rufai decries ill treatment by American embassy officials in Lagos



Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, had somewhat of an altercation with security personnel of the American Embassy in Lagos last week. The former international star raised an alarm after he felt threatened by the officials.

Peter Rufai said he was returning from a party organised by one of his family members in the wee hours of Tuesday, October 24, when he drove past a stationary armoured vehicle belonging to the American Embassy in Alaka bus stop in Surulere, Lagos. According to Rufai, occupants of the SUV chased him and nearly caused an accident.

The moment I drove past them, they started pursuing me, from Alaka I went through under the stadium bridge through Adeniran Ogunsanya then to the Bode Thomas Police station where I stopped for my safety and to lay a complaint. “As they were pursuing me, they kept bashing the side of my car, like what we see in the movies. I became afraid of my life because I did not know who the occupants were.” “I want them to be punished for them to know that what they did was wrong,”Rufai said. 

The US embassy officials on the other hand had something different to say. They said Rufai brushed their car and refused to stop when they flagged him down. And that resulted in the chase.

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