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Nigerian immigration releases ex-Rivers Gov Odili Passport

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The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has released the international passport it seized from a former Rivers Governor Peter Odili.

NIS’ lawyer, Jimoh Adamu, told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday that Odili’s daughter, Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, a serving judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), collected the passport for her father on December 20, 2020 at the Immigration headquarters in Abuja.

Adamu, in a motion filed on Monday, exhibited a letter of request by Odili and other evidence showing that he has received the passport.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, before whom the case came up on Monday, noted that the fresh motion was not yet before the court.

Upon an oral application by Adamu, Justice Ekwo stood down proceedings briefly to enable Adamu get the motion from the court’s registry.

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Last month, Justice Ekwo had in a ruling granted NIS’ lawyer, Jimoh Adamu the last opportunity to attend court to explain why the court’s order that Odili’s passport be released was not complied with and why he should not be penalised for that.

“On the last adjourned date, this court had made an order that the counsel for the respondents, Mr. J. A. Adamu should show cause today.

“Today, the matter was called and Mr. Adamu is not in court and no reason was given for his absence.

“I make an order adjourning this case to the 7th of February 2022 for Mr. Adamu to show cause. This adjournment is at the instance of the respondent,” the judge said.

The ruling was on an application by Odili’s lawyer, Ifedayo Adedipe, who complained that despite the court’s order on December 21 directing Adamu to show cause why he should not be penalised for flouting the court’s order, he (Adamu) was not in court and he was not represented.

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