Britain Denies Asylum to Fugitive Nigerian

Associated Press

Britain has denied asylum to Umaru Dikko, a fugitive Nigerian official who was drugged and stuffed into a packing crate last year by kidnapers trying to take him home for trial.

A Home Office official said the government is still considering Nigeria’s request that Dikko be extradited to face corruption charges.

Last July 5, Customs officials found the Nigerian in a crate that was about to be loaded onto a Nigeria Airways jet at London’s Stansted Airport. The crate was addressed to the Nigerian Foreign Ministry in Lagos. Three Israelis and a Nigerian were sentenced to jail in February after pleading guilty to kidnaping and drugging Dikko.