Why We Are Still Keeping Modupe, #EndSARS Backer’s Passport – Immigration

Modupe Odele

BEVERLY HILLS, November 06, (THEWILL) – The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says that the passport of #EndSARS protesters supporter, Modupe Odele, will remain in its custody until there is an order for the release of the passport by the agency that flagged her.

THEWILL recalls that Modupe “Moe” Odele, a legal practitioner and member of the Feminist Coalition – a group supporting the EndSARs campaign, was prevented from traveling out of the country for her birthday and had her passport confiscated.

Reacting to this development, the Spokesman for the NIS, Mr. Sunday James, told The Punch newspaper that the passport of the lawyer was seized as part of a routine border assignment and it has nothing to do with the just-ended #EndSARS demonstration but about enforcement of law and 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.”