More Trouble for Odili as EFCC Deepens N100bn Scam Probe, NIS Holds on to Passport

More Trouble for Odili as EFCC Deepens N100bn Scam Probe, NIS Holds on to Passport

  • Former governor Peter Odili was accused of misappropriating public funds to a tune of N100 billion
  • Follwing this development, the international passport of Peter Odili was seized by the NIS and the order to seize the passport was given by the EFCC
  • Recently, new revelations have been made concerning the EFCC probe and why the international passport of Peter Odili is still with the NIS

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has deepened the investigation of a former governor of Rivers state, Peter Odili, over alleged fraud to the tune of N100bn.

The Punch reports that the Nigeria Immigration Service has continued to hold on to the former governor’s passport following the directive of the EFCC.

EFCC vs Odili: Findings deepens N100bn scam probe, NIS holds on to passport
The EFCC had last year commenced a probe into how Odili allegedly diverted N100bn while he was governor between 1999 and 2007. Photo credit: Rivers Mirror, EFCC
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In 2020, he approached a Federal High Court to get an injunction to stop an impending probe.

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In September, the former governor sued NIS for seizing his passport at the airport.

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But Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the service to release the passport to Odili immediately, stating that until the perpetual injunction had been vacated, withholding Odili’s passport would amount to a breach of his fundamental human rights.

Last week, however, the NIS informed the court that it would be appealing the ruling and hence could not return Odili’s passport just yet.

The NIS based its appeal on three grounds, one of which was that should Odili’s passport be returned to him, it could undermine the appeal.

Justice Ekwo subsequently directed that Odilli’s passport be handed over to the court and adjourned the matter till Monday, December 13, 2021.

When contacted, the EFCC Spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, refused to comment on the matter because the case is in court.

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Police arrest 15 suspects, including fake CSP, over invasion of Justice Odili’s house

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that some of the suspects include a fake Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajodo; a journalist with one of the national dailies, and an Islamic scholar.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba paraded the suspects in Abuja on Thursday, November 11, and explained that their arrest followed a swift investigation by the police.

Some of the suspects include a fake Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajodo; a journalist with one of the national dailies, and an Islamic scholar.

Source: Legit.ng

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