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Court adjourns hearing on Odili’s suit against NIS

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned until Friday, this week, for definite hearing of a suit filed by a former governor of Rivers state, Dr Peter Odili, against the Nigerian Immigration Service.

In the fundamental rights enforcement suit, Dr. Odili is challenging the seizure of his international travel documents by Immigration officials.

In a counter affidavit in response to an originating motion, Counsel to the Immigration Service, Mr. Adamu Abdulkadir, said the applicant’s international passport was seized because he had been placed on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged economic issues.

Mr. Adamu said he had filed and served all processes on the applicant.

After hearing the counsel, the presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, adjourned the matter.

The court directed that all processes should be filed and exchanged before that date.

It further said that the preliminary objection of the Immigration service would be heard alongside the originating motion.

Dr. Odili is claiming that his international passport was seized from him upon his return to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where he had gone for his medical checkups.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Editing by Adeniyi Bakare