A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to return the international passport seized from a former Rivers Governor, Dr. Peter Odili to him.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order on Monday in a judgment on a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Gov Odili.
Justice Ekwo declared the seizure of Odili’s passport as unconstitutional.
The NIS had, while justifying its action, claimed to have seized the passport upon a request to that effect by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the grounds that Odili, a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was on its watch list.
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