Court Fixes October 8 To Hear Suit Filed By Ex-Rivers Gov. Peter Odili

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Former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed October 8, to hear the fundamental rights suit filed by former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili, against the Nigerian Immigration Service.

The former governor had taken the service to court, challenging the alleged seizure of his passport, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his arrival into the country from the United Kingdom.

The service, however, claims that the passport of the former governor was seized because he was placed on the watchlist of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, counsel to the former governor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe told the court that the immigration service served a preliminary objection on him, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.

He also asked for time to respond.

While acknowledging that he served a preliminary objection on the counsel to the former governor, counsel to the service, Mr. Jimoh Adamu, added that they were only working on the directive of the EFCC.

The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, adjourned the matter, urging Mr. Adedipe to ensure he serves his response on the immigration service, before the next adjourned date.

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