The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has responded to rumours staying that the passport of legal practitioner, Modupe ‘Moe’ Odele was sized because of her involvement in the #EndSARS protests.
Moe was in the front lines during the protest by serving as a legal counsel to protesters arrested. While she was on her way to Maldives to celebrate her birthday, her passport was seized by immigration officers. This sparked reactions from several people across the country.
According to Punch, the Spokesman for the Nigerian Immigration Service, Sunday James revealed on Thursday night, November 5 that Moe’s passport wasn’t seized because of her involvement in the protest but because of routine border assignment.
He said that the seizure of her passport was solely because restriction was placed on her and it was the duty of the immigration service to enforce it.
In his words;
“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.”