By Libby GeorgeLAGOS, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Nigerian immigration officialsreturned the passport of a prominent activist against policebrutality after it was seized when she tried to leave thecountry last week, the activist said on Monday. Thousands of people took to the streets last month inanti-police protests. The demonstrations climaxed on Oct. 20when security forces opened fire and killed at least 12protesters in Lagos, according to witnesses and AmnestyInternational. The army and police have denied the killings.Modupe Odele, a lawyer who has helped arrange legal defencefor the protesters, said last Wednesday she had tried to boardan international flight in Lagos when immigration authoritiestold her she was under military investigation and barred fromleaving Nigeria, seizing her passport.On Monday, she told Reuters immigration officials returningthe passport did not give her new details.”I’m a little heartbroken that this happened because I wasproviding pro bono legal aid to peaceful protesters who wereunlawfully detained,” Odele said. “I’m also grateful that thisdidn’t turn out worse.”The immigration service did not respond to requests for comment.
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