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Immigration prevents #EndSARS promoter Modupe Odele from travelling, passport seized


The Nigeria Immigration Service on Monday prevented a promoter of the #EndSARS movement, Modupe Odele, popularly referred to as Mochievous from travelling.

Although the officers didn't disclose the reason for their action, it's believed that the action was taken due to her alleged role within the #EndSARS protests.


Moe, had through her Twitter handle, @Mochievous, mobilised her followers during the protests, and also offered free legal aid to persons who were unjustly arrested during the demonstrations.


Confirming the event in a newsletter sent out on Monday, the lawyer said she was on her way to the Maldives to celebrate her birthday when she was accosted by immigration officers.


She wrote, “For my birthday, I had planned a visit to the Maldives. it had been really for a break as the events of the last three weeks have exhausted my mind and body in a way I even have never been exhausted in my life.


“I went to the airport, passed through immigration, and while i was putting my bags through the body and baggage scanner, the immigration officer who had previously cleared me, called me back. He told me he had orders from above to detain me.


“Okay, at this time I’m like excuse me, my flight is in an hour. On what grounds are you detaining me?” He didn’t respond. Instead, he goes to his computer where he typed in my name and something that seemed like a ‘wanted poster’ popped up on the portal.


“He blocked my view so I couldn’t see most of it but I saw some of it. And it read something like – ‘This person is under investigation by XYZ intelligence agency. If seen, they should be apprehended on sight.’


Odele said she was detained while her passport was seized by the officers and she was made to miss her flight.


The lawyer said that she had been able to identify the security agency that put her on the watch list, adding that she would be returning there on Tuesday.


Odele wrote, “Since the #EndSARS peaceful protests started in Nigeria about three weeks ago, I and a few super courageous women are providing support to Nigerians as they came bent peacefully exercise their constitutional rights.

I was specifically responsible of legal aid and so co-led www.endsarslegalaid.co where we succeeded in helping over 80 peaceful protesters who were arrested get released. it had been back-breaking and emotionally tasking work but the joy that the family expressed when being reunited with loved ones made it all worthwhile .

“I’m not a full-time activist or human rights attorney. i'm a corporate lawyer at the moment so handling police stations isn’t my area of expertise. I did what needed to be done in the face of gross injustice and had the support of over 800 wonderful volunteer lawyers.

#FreeMoeSexy had begun trending on Twitter by Tuesday morning with thousands calling on the authorities to stop harassing Odele.

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