It has been revealed that a former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, is on the watchlist of the Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC.
The Nigeria Immigration Service disclosed this in a counter-affidavit filed at the FederalHigh Court Abuja, in response to a suit brought by the former governor challenging the seizure of his passport by the NIS.
Odili claimed in the suit hat his passport was seized by the officials of the service on June 20, 2021, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
He said he was just returning from a medical trip to the United Kingdom when he was deprived of his passport.
Odili, whose wife Mary sits at the Supreme Court, said he had done nothing wrong to warrant the seizure of his passport and therefore prayed the court to compel the NIS to release his passport.
The former governor also asked the court to order the immigration service to issue a written apology for the embarrassment they caused him.
But in its counter affidavit, the NIS disclosed that Odili’s passport was seized because he was on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The service also said the seizure was the result of collaborative efforts by security agencies.
It also stated that the former governor had not demanded his passport or inquired into the reason for the seizure.
In court on Wednesday, the lawyer for the NIS, Jimoh Adamu, told the court that he had opposed Odili’s suit by filing and serving a counter-affidavit as required by law, seeking an adjournment to put his house in order.
Odili’s lawyer, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), did not object to the application for adjournment.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the matter to September 28.