The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has been given a five- day ultimatum to return Rivers State former Governor, Peter Odili’ s, seized international passport.
According to the report, the order was issued by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja during the hearing of an application brought by Nigerian Immigration to overturn an October 18 ruling ordering the release of Odili’ s passport.
On Tuesday, NIS lawyer Ibrahim Etsu informed the court that his clients had filed an application seeking an order to delay the judgment’ s execution pending the outcome of their appeal.
Justice Ekwo agreed to hear the case after listening to the NIS lawyer, Etsu, on the condition that the petitioners release Odili’ s passport and hand it over to the court’ s Deputy Chief Registrar within five days.
However, the judge adjourned the application’ s hearing until January 13th.
Odili, earlier this year had sued NIS and its Comptroller General for illegally impounding his international passport.
On October 18, Justice Ekwo ruled that the respondents (NIS and its Comptroller General) had violated Odili’ s rights by seizing his passport without a court order for them to do so.
The judge then ordered the respondents to issue a written apology to the applicant.
In Other News: Bill To Empower Nigerians To Sue The Govt For Failing To Provide Basic Social Welfare Like Food, Others Rejected By The House
The House of Representatives has voted down a bill that would empower citizens to sue the government for failing to deliver social services.
The bill aimed to render the fundamental objectives of the Constitution’ s provisions 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 admissible.
The bill, which was sponsored by Sergius Ogun, a lawmaker from Edo State, was rejected by the house members after deliberating on it.
Section 16 of the constitution, for example, states that; ” The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and adequate food, reasonable national living minimum wage, old age care and pensions, unemployment and sick benefits and welfare of the disabled are provided for all citizens. ”
The bill’ s passage would have changed the Constitution in such a way that citizens may sue the government for failing to meet basic demands.
Herman Hembe of Benue State spoke out against the law, claiming that it aims to turn Nigeria into a socialist state, despite the fact that socialism has never thrived anywhere.
He stated; ” Socialism never worked, it has only collapsed countries. The only thing that works is a system where people are allowed to work. ”
Nicholas Ossai, one of the lawmakers, encouraged the house to pass the bill so that the committee could hear expert input.
The bill was challenged and rejected by voice vote after a debate.