UK apologises to Nigeria

Britain on Tuesday apologised to Nigeria over the invasion of the home of its diplomat under the pretext of searching for drugs.

The incident occurred on June 18 when detectives from the Scotland Yard raided the house where they thought Indian hemp was being produced.

The detectives said they were deceived in carrying out the raid by the intense heat from the house.

Drug farms are said to use high-powered lights which generate a lot of heat to aid the growth of cannabis.

A letter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, addressed to the Nigerian High Commission in London said the Police inadvertently entered Tafida’s home at 113 Hendon Way, NW2, London.

The June 18 letter reads: “Protocol Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office would like to apologise for the fact that the UK police officers inadvertently entered the diplomat’s house and for the inconvenience and any distress that their entry caused to the diplomat, his family and others present.

“We regret that police checks failed to establish in advance that the property was the residence of a diplomat and thus inviolable.”

The letter promised that such a mistake will never recur.

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