Wednesday October 27, 2021 11:00 PM

EFCC places Ex-Governor Peter Odili of Rivers on watchlist

Ex- Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili, has been placed on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) over alleged graft.

Odili was the Governor of Rivers State between 1999 and 2007, is the husband of Justice Mary Odili of the Nigeria’s Supreme Court.

Odili had dragged the Nigeria Immigration Service and its Comptroller General before a Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the seizure of his passport at the Nnamdi Azikwe International airport in Abuja.

In the fundamental rights enforcement suit, he claimed that his international passport was seized from him on June 20, 2021 by operatives of the Immigration Service and has since been withheld.

In an 8 paragraph affidavit, the former governor claimed that the passport was seized from him upon his return to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where he had gone for his medicals.

He claimed to be a senior citizen of Nigeria, law-abiding and had not done anything to warrant the seizure of the passport from him.

Odili urged the court to compel the two respondents to release the passport to him and order of perpetual injunction against the respondents from further harassing and interfering with his fundamental right to freedom of movement.

The former governor also demanded a written apology for the embarrassment caused him by the immigration.

However, in a counter affidavit by the Immigration Service, It was revealed that Odili passport was seized because he is on the watch list of the EFCC.

The affidavit deposed to by one Okwe Ernest of the Legal Department of the Immigration Service averred that Odili was watch listed at the request of the EFCC.

The Immigration Service claimed that the former governor was not entitled to the request presented before the court and that his suit should be dismissed for being premature.

The respondent asserted that the action of Immigration was as a result of collaborations of all the federal government security agencies and that the respondents were only carrying out their statutory functions.

The affidavit said that since the passport was seized, Odili has never for once demanded for its release or cared to know why it was seized.

When the matter came up on Wednesday, counsel to Immigration Service Mr Jimoh Abdulkadir Adamu informed Justice Mohammed that he had just filed counter affidavit to oppose the suit of the former governor.

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