American based professor and human rights activist, Okey Ndibe, whose travelling documents were seized on arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on Saturday has got all the seized documents returned by Nigeria security agents.
Ndibe is a notable human rights activist and also a pioneer and frontline member of the America based Nigerian People’s Parliament.
The state security services defending its action claimed that the travelling documents were released because of an old issue the popular newspaper columnist had with the authority.
The director of the SSS at the agency’s Ikoyi Lagos office promptly released Ndibe’s US and Nigerian passports to him pledging that that such seizure would never happen again.
In a brief statement released on Monday afternoon titled ”I have my passport”, the academician said:” I am delighted to report that my meeting this afternoon with the director of Nigeria’s State Security Service yielded the return of my passports. I’ll give a full account of the meeting later.
Again, I treasure your concern and words of encouragement”.
Mr. Ndibe was arrested upon arrival at the airport, briefly detained by SSS agents who asked him to meet with their Lagos director 10: 00 AM on Monday January 10 for further interview to iron out a few issues probably regarding his scathing weekly columns.
Since the incident on Saturday, Nigerians at home and abroad, including Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has condemned the government for violating Mr. Ndibe’s human rights.
Among those who criticized government action over the seizure was Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, the UK-based Respect Nigerians Coalition (RNC), UK based Nigeria Liberty Forum and New York-based Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum (NDLF) and the Nigeria village Square.
Professor is in Nigeria on brief holiday.