Former Rivers Governor Peter Odili has been positioned on the watch listing of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC ) says the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS).
The NIS revealed this on Wednesday in response to a go well with filed by Odili difficult the seizure of his worldwide passport by the service.
When the matter was referred to as on Wednesday, counsel to the service, Mr Jimoh Adamu knowledgeable the courtroom that he had simply filed a counter affidavit to oppose the go well with of the previous governor.
Adamu sought a short adjournment to allow him put his home so as.
Odili’s counsel, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe didn’t oppose the request for a brief adjournment.
Justice Mohammed then adjourned the matter till Sept. 28 for listening to.
The previous governor had dragged the NIS and it’s Comptroller-Normal to the Federal Excessive Court docket difficult the seizure of his passport on the Nnamdi Azikwe Worldwide Airport in Abuja for undisclosed causes.
Within the basic rights enforcement go well with, he claimed that the worldwide passport with quantity B50031305 was seized from him on June 20 by operatives of the service.
Odili prayed the courtroom to compel the 2 respondents to launch the passport to him.
He additionally prayed for an order of perpetual injunction in opposition to the service from additional harrassing, embarrassing, intimidating or interfering together with his fundermental proper to freedom of motion.
The previous governor additionally demanded a written apology for the embarrassment brought on him by the service.
In a counter affidavit, the service justified the seizure of Odili’s passport and faulted his claims within the go well with marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/965/2021.
“The applicant’s passport was seized as a result of he’s on the service’s (NIS’) watch listing as requested by the Financial and Monetary Crime Fee (EFCC).
“It’s the authorities’s coverage that streamlines the safety companies current on the level of entry/exit from the nation.
“The respondents (NIS and its Comptroller-Normal) are the lead company for the above said operate.
“All safety companies collaborate by submitting listing of any particular person on the watch listing to the respondents
“By advantage of Part 31 of the Immigration Act 2015, the respondents are empowered to stop the departure from Nigeria the place there’s a request to arrest such an individual within the public curiosity as requested within the immediate case by the EFCC.
“By the above part of the Immigration Act, the respondents are empowered to grab the applicant’s worldwide passport as a result of he was watch listed sequel to EFCC requested,” it stated.
The NIS argued that Odili’s go well with was pre-mature as he allegedly failed to fulfill the situation precedent to the submitting of such fits.
“This motion is untimely and incompetent because the applicant did not serve pre-action discover on the service as situation precedent earlier than submitting this go well with in opposition to the respondents.
“The failure to serve pre-action discover robs this honourable courtroom of jurisdiction.
“The applicant shouldn’t be entitled to the reliefs sought and the go well with ought to be dismissed with substantial price for failure to adjust to situation precedent,” the service stated