By Paul Ajayi
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has disclosed that it has released the international passport it seized from a former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili.
NIS’ lawyer, Jimoh Adamu disclosed to a Federal High Court in Abuja that Odili’s daughter, Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, a serving judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has collected the passport for her father on December 20 last year at the Immigration headquarters in Abuja.
Adamu, in a motion, filed a letter of request by Odili and other evidence showing that he has received the passport.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, before whom the case came up on Monday, noted that the fresh motion was not yet before the court.
Recall that earlier in October 2021, Justice Ekwo ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to immediately release Odili’s international passport.
He declared the seizure by the service as illegal, unconstitutional, and an infringement of his fundamental rights.
The judge further ordered the service to tender an apology to the former governor, and restrained the NIS from harassing and intimidating him from leaving the country or moving freely within the country.