The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has confirmed that #EndSARS promoter, Modupe Odele’s passport was seized and as such, she cannot travel out of Nigeria.
Naija News reports that 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 said the Service seized Odele’s passport on a directive from an agency of the federal government to restrict Modupe from leaving the country.
Speaking further, Mr James stressed that the restriction was not because of her #EndSARS activities but didn’t disclose “the agency of government” who gave the order.
The NIS spokesman 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.”
Naija News reports that the confirmation from James is coming after the NIS had on Sunday stopped Odele from boarding an Emirates flight to the Maldives through Dubai.
Odele, a lawyer by profession, was one of the prominent faces in the #EndSARS movement who gave free legal assistance to several persons who were unjustly arrested by the police.