This was contained in a letter to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) dated November 15, 2021. Sitting governors in Nigeria have immunity from criminal prosecution while in office. Sources told Channels Television that the move was an indication that the agency may have been discreetly investigating the governor and possibly have intelligence that he is planning to escape after handing over power to his successor, Professor Charles Soludo, on March 16, 2022. The EFCC requested the immigration to place Governor Obiano on a watchlist and inform it anytime he is traveling out of the country from any of the international airports, as well as other points of entry and exit.
The reason for placing the governor on watchlist is yet unknown.