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Friday 1 January 2021

#EndSARS Activist, Odele Goes Into Exile

Modupe Odele

Modupe Odele

A member of the Feminist Coalition, Modupe Odele, says she has been forced to go into exile due to immigration woes.

The Feminist Coalition is one of the promoters of the #EndSARS protest and it raised about N147 million for the cause.

Odele, a lawyer who was actively involved in the campaign, offered legal aid to persons who were arrested during the demonstrations.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the activist said, “You force me to go into exile from my own country for no crime. I can’t visit and go as I please anymore.

“I would have missed my flight if I didn’t make those calls. Because the person to do the secondary clearance wasn’t on sit.

“I’m told I’ll always be stopped like that upon entry to or exit from Nigeria. What is my crime again? Providing legal aid?”

She further revealed that the immigration officer that scanned her passport at the airport told her “you get problem o.”

This is the second time the lawyer would be having issues travelling out of the country after the #EndSARS protest.

Her passport was earlier seized for days in the wake of the protests in October.

There have been allegations of witch-hunt against protesters and promoters of the #EndSARS campaign by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Recently, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) obtained an ex parte order to freeze the accounts of 20 individuals and an organisation linked to the campaign.

The court order was addressed to the head offices of Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa, and Zenith Bank.

Amongst those affected are Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Saadat Temitope Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosowo Obi, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise and Mosopefoluwa Odeseye.

Gatefield Nigeria Limited, owners of Gatefield, an advocacy group that supported the media coverage of the protest by providing funds to journalists, had its Access Bank account frozen.

In addition, several persons have been illegally detained by the police in Lagos, Osun and the FCT without trial. These actions have, however, been largely condemned by activists and legal experts across the country.

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