September 23, 2021

Peter Odili on EFCC watchlist, passport seized

Former Rivers Governor, Peter Odili has been placed on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ), the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) revealed today.

The NIS revealed this in response to a suit filed by Odili challenging the seizure of his international passport by the service.

When the matter was called on Wednesday, counsel to the service, Mr Jimoh Adamu informed the court that he had just filed a counter affidavit to oppose the suit of the former governor.

Adamu sought a brief adjournment to enable him put his house in order.

Odili’s counsel, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe did not oppose the request for a short adjournment.

Justice Mohammed then adjourned the matter until Sept. 28 for hearing.

Odili, whose wife is a Supreme Court justice, had dragged the NIS and it’s Comptroller-General to the Federal High Court challenging the seizure of his passport at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja for undisclosed reasons.

In the fundamental rights enforcement suit, he claimed that the international passport with number B50031305 was seized from him on June 20 by operatives of the service.

Odili prayed the court to compel the two respondents to release the passport to him.

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