The federal on Wednesday continued its clampdown on #EndSARS protesters by refusing to issue a passport to a caterer who provided food to protesters and helped in sourcing funds for a wounded protester.
The caterer, Mosopefoluwa Odeseye, whose account had been frozen by the financial institution of Nigeria in October, was denied a passport by the Nigeria Immigration Service on Wednesday.
Odessey said during a tweet that she had gone to renew her passport at the Alausa Passport Office, Lagos, but was informed that she had been blacklisted and was asked to proceed to Abuja.
First, it had been a financial institution locking up all my bank accounts, now it’s Nigerian immigration not issuing my passport at Alausa! To what end, Nigeria? To what end? I applied for a re-issue at Alausa, captured some days ago, and asked to return to select today then I’m told that I even have been blacklisted?
Attempts to talk with the spokesman for the NIS, Mr. Sunday James, proved abortive as he didn’t answer a call.
However, a top immigration officer, who confirmed the event, said they were acting supported orders from above.
“We have asked her to ascertain the Assistant Comptroller General responsible for passports at the top office in Abuja. We are only working on instruction,” she said.
The CBN had in October asked banks to freeze accounts of some persons involved in controlling #EndSARS funds.
The bank had told a Federal supreme court that they’re under investigation for terrorism, an allegation they need all denied.
The #EndSARS protests which rocked the state in October was later hijacked by hoodlums resulting in deaths and destruction of properties.