The United States government has denied knowledge of a pending criminal case against former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
It will be recalled that Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai had dared Atiku to travel to the United States citing a criminal case against him.
But a spokesperson for the United States Department of Justice, Peter Carr, in an email correspondent said there were no such cases against the former Vice President.
He said, “Thank you for reaching out to us. I have checked the public court records, and they do not show cases filed against a defendant named Atiku Abubakar.”
Carr, however refused to comment on the issue of whether the ex-vice president was banned from entering the US, saying it was confidential.
He said, “Visa issues are confidential under section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. If your question is specifically about entry – not about visas per se – I would refer you to the US Customs and Border Protection.”