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NIS releases ex-Gov Odili’s seized passport



The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) legal adviser, Jimoh Abdulkadir Adamu has finally bowed to court with the release of the passport of Dr. Peter Odili, after incurring a N2m fine over alleged disobedience to order of court.

The former Rivers State governor passport, unlawfully seized by Immigration on the alleged order of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was released to Peter Odili in his residence at Abuja.

However, Jimoh Adamu is to appear in court this morning to defend accusations of “professional misconduct” brought against him by the former governor.

Justice Iyang Eden Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, summoned the senior lawyer to appear before him to defend his role in the refusal of his agency to comply with order of his court to release the passport.

At the time of this report, the motion and affidavit of compliance, confirming the release of the passport has been served on Odili’s lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Peter Odili was elected governor of Rivers State during the 1999 Rivers State gubernatorial election, and was reelected in April 2003.

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