Court orders immediate release of Peter Odili’s passport seized by immigration

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Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, ordered the Nigerian Immigration Services to immediately release the international passport of former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili, to him.

The court gave the order in a judgement following a fundamental rights enforcement suit dated August 25 and filed on the 26, instituted by Odili, challenging the seizure of his international travelling documents by Immigration officials.

The former governor had claimed before the court that his international passport with numbers B50031305 was seized from him on June 20, 2021, by operatives of the Immigration Service and had since been withheld.

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A medical doctor by profession, Odili served as Rivers state deputy governor between 1992 and 1993, and later held office as substantive governor between 1999 and 2007.

Odili is husband to Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court.

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