Why passport of #EndSARS promoter was seized - Immigration

The service stopped Odele, a lawyer, from boarding an Emirates flight to the Maldives via Dubai, United Arab Emirates ( UAE), on Sunday.
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Muhammad Babandede - CG Nigerian Immigration Service

The Nigeria Immigration Service explained why Modupe Odele aka Mochievous, a promoter of #EndSARS, was barred from leaving the country by its operatives.

The service stopped Odele, a lawyer, from boarding an Emirates flight to the Maldives via Dubai, United Arab Emirates ( UAE), on Sunday.

She was one of the popular faces in the #EndSARS movement and provided free legal assistance during the fight against police violence in the country to many people detained by the police.

On Thursday, in a chat with journalists, the NIS spokesperson, Mr. Sunday James, said the passport of the lawyer was confiscated as part of a routine border assignment.

According to him, if a restriction on any person was imposed, the NIS was obliged to enforce the action.

He said:

“When there is a directive from any agency of government, we have to enforce the directive either on entry or restriction of entry by anybody who has been directed not to be allowed exit or entry to the country.

“As a matter of fact, we cannot as a border management agency, allow anybody who has been restricted from leaving the country to go out and we cannot allow anybody who has been restricted from entry to enter.

“So, it is a routine assignment and it has nothing to do with #EndSARS. We are the lead agency for the security management of the border. It has to do with the restriction order which we are duty-bound to enforce.”