Alleged Graft: Court Orders Nigerian Immigration Service To Release Former Rivers Governor’s International Passport!

Dr. Peter Odil, former Rivers Governor.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to immediately release the international passport of former Rivers State Governor,Dr. Peter Odili.

Justice Ekwo in his ruling on Monday, held that the seizure of the former Governor’s international passport was illegal, unconstitutional and an infringement of his fundamental rights.

He further ordered the NIS, to tender an apology to the former Governor, and restrained the Service from further harassing, intimidating and preventing him from leaving the country or moving freely within the country.

Justice Ekwo further held that the seizure of Dr.Odili’s passport, was a punitive act and that no citizen should be treated in such a manner, irrespective of status.

The former Governor had filed a suit against the NIS challenging the legality of the seizure of his international passport at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on June 20 2021, upon his arrival into the country.

The NIS however, told the Court that it acted based on Dr. Odili’s presence on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC), corruption watchlist.

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