Peter Odili, a Former Governor of Rivers State, has dragged the Nigeria Immigration Service before a Federal High Court in Abuja, following the seizure of his passport at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
In the fundamental rights enforcement suit on Wednesday, Odili claimed that the international passport was seized from him on June 20, by operatives of the service and has been withheld since then.
He pleaded with the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, to compel the service to release his passport and also mandate the respondents to refrain from harassing him any further or interfare with his fundamental rights of movement.
The immigration service further revealed that the former governor’s passport was seized because he was on the watchlist of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
The affidavit by the service also indicated that Mr Odili had never cared to know why his passport was seized, or demand its release.
Justice Mohammed subsequently fixed September 28, 2021 for hearing.