#EndSARS: Immigration Prevents Popular Influencer, Mochievous From Flying Out


Modupe Odele, popularly known as Mochievous on Twitter and famous for her rallying work in the protest to end police brutality in Nigeria was stopped from travelling outside the country on Monday by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

Although no official reason has been given as to why she was arrested, it may not be unconnected to the role she played in the #EndSARS protests.

She confirmed this in a newsletter on Monday.

For my birthday, I had planned a trip to the Maldives. It was really for a break as the events of the last three weeks have exhausted my mind and body in a way I 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 point 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 looked 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.’”

She explained that she was able to identify the agency that was investigating her and will be going there on Tuesday.

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