UPDATED: Immigration says my passport is ready for collection —#EndSARS promoter, Odele
The Nigeria Immigration Service has asked #EndSARS promoter, Modupe Odele, to come and pick her seized passport.
She said the immigration officials informed her that they would be releasing the passport at 4pm on Friday (today).
She made this known via a tweet on Friday.
She tweeted, “I’ve been told by Immigration that my passport is ready for collection from 4 pm today. I’ve respectfully informed them I’ll be there on Monday to pick it up.
“Since today is Friday, I asked for an earlier time but was told it will only be ready from 4 pm today, Friday.”
NIS’s plan to return the passport is coming the sixth day after it was seized.
Modupe Odele, who provided legal assistance to protesters who were unjustly arrested by the authorities, was stopped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Sunday on her way to the Maldives through Dubai.
However, the NIS said the passport of Modupe Odele eas seized as part of a routine border assignment.
The spokesman for the NIS, Mr. Sunday James, 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.”