The Federal High Court, Abuja, has slammed a sum of N2m Compensatory damages against the Nigerian Immigration Service, for their absence in court twice in a suit between them and former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili.
Justice Inyang Ekwo in his rulling, ordered the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to take disciplinary measures against the counsel of the Immigration Service Jimoh Adamu, for his absence in court.
When the matter came up, the Counsel to Peter Odili, Ifedayo Adedipe told the court to dismiss the application for stay of execution of the judgement made by the immigration counsel, since he had refused to be in court for the hearing.
The court however ordered that the counsel for immigration be present in court on the next adjourned date to show course why the court should not make further orders against him.
Justice Ekwo therefore adjourned to 23 of January, 2022 for hearing of the matter.
The Federal High Court had on October 18, 2021, ordered the National Immigration Service to release and return Peter Odili’s International passport to him, on grounds that the seizure was illegal and a violation of his fundamental human rights.
The Nigerian Immigration Service, however, told the court that the former governor’s passport was seized because he was placed on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, ( EFCC).