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The presidency has declared that it WILL not publish names of 50 corrupt Nigerians who have been placed on travel ban.
It also said that the 50 persons who are on corruption watch list are those whose cases are already in court for close to seven years ago.
It’d recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari made public October 13, 2018 that his administration would be implementing Executive Order 6 (EO6), where it directed Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Order in full force.
The EO6, which has now been labeled, “Buhari Travel Ban,” is placing travel restriction on 50 Politically Exposed Persons in Nigeria.
“It is instructive to note that EO6 was specifically directed to relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that all assets within a minimum value of N50 million or equivalent, subject to investigation or litigation are protected from dissipation by employing all available lawful means, pending the final determination of any corruption-related matter,” the Executive Order says
The opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and other legal practitioners called the order dictatorial.
National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, specifically on Saturday in Abuja, described the restriction as a ‘draconian step’ clearly targeted at members of the opposition parties, the business community, religious leaders, former political leaders and traditional rulers, perceived to be averse to President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.
They have been calling on the president to made the name public.
But this evening (Sunday, October 14, 2018) on Channels Television, Nigeria’s Best TV station, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Garba Shehu, said, “We’re not going to publish any name.”
Mr. Shehu was reacting to question Seun Okinbaloye, Channels TV Politcal Update anchor, asking him to list the names of politicians and those who will be affected by the executive order.
Backing the Buhari’s Travel ban on the show was Chief Rober Clark, one of Nigeria’s Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Clark said he would love to see President Buhari deal with corrupt Nigerians.
Signed by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, on October 13, 2018, the Travel ban read:
PRESIDENT BUHARI DIRECTS IMPLEMENTATION OF EO 6 IN FULL FORCE
Following the instant judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6), President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Order in full force.
To this end, a number of enforcement procedures are currently in place by which the Nigeria Immigration Service and other security agencies have placed no fewer than 50 high profile persons directly affected by EO6 on watch-list and restricted them from leaving the county pending the determination of their cases.
Also, the financial transactions of these persons of interest are being monitored by the relevant agencies to ensure that the assets are not dissipated and such persons do not interfere with, nor howsoever corrupt the investigation and litigation processes.
It is instructive to note that EO6 was specifically directed to relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that all assets within a minimum value of N50 million or equivalent, subject to investigation or litigation are protected from dissipation by employing all available lawful means, pending the final determination of any corruption-related matter.
The Buhari administration reassures all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians of its commitment to the fight against corruption, in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the general principles of the Rule of Law.
Accordingly, this administration will uphold the rule of law in all its actions and the right of citizens would be protected as guaranteed by the Constitution.
We, therefore, enjoin all Nigerians to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities towards ensuring a successful implementation of the Executive Order 6 which is a paradigm-changing policy of the Federal Government in the fight against corruption.