Nigeria Immigration confirms FG agents restricted #EndSARS promoter, Ms. Modupe Odele from traveling
The Nigeria Immigration Service on Thursday night that #EndSARS promoter, Ms. Modupe Odele could not travel out of the country as her passport was seized due to a restriction order placed on her.
Restriction order on intending travelers were hallmark of the regime of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari while he was Head of State 1983-1985 and other military governments of Nigeria.
The Spokesman for the NIS, Mr. Sunday James who spoke on Thursday night noted that her passport was seized because a restriction order has been placed on her.
James confirmed the NIS was acting on a directive from an agency of the government to restrict Modupe from leaving the country.
He, however, stated that the restriction was not because of her #EndSARS activities but didn’t disclose “the agency of government” that gave the order.
He 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.”
The NIS had on Sunday stopped Odele from boarding an Emirates flight to the Maldives through Dubai.
Odele, who is a lawyer, was one of the prominent personalities in the #EndSARS movement.
She was very active on social media and gave free legal assistance to several persons who were unjustly arrested by the police.