The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has confirmed that it seized #EndSARS promoter, Modupe Odele’s passport and as such, she cannot travel out of Nigeria.
According to Naija News, NIS spokesman, Sunday James confirmed this on Thursday night, noting that Odele’s passport was seized because a restriction order has been placed on her.
The NIS spokesman also added that the Service had to seize Odele’s passport on a directive from an agency of the federal government to restrict Modupe from leaving the country.
Mr James who refused to disclose “the agency of government” that gave the order, however, said that the restriction was not because of her #EndSARS activities.
He said, “When there is a directive from any agency of government not specific, we have to enforce either entry or restriction of entry by anybody who has been directed not to be allowed exit or entry and 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 End SARS. 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.”
Recall that, the NIS had on Sunday stopped Odele at the airport as she planned to travel to the Maldives to celebrate her birthday.
Odele, a human activist, lawyer by profession, was one of the prominent advocators in the #EndSARS movement who gave free legal assistance to several persons who were unjustly arrested by the police