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Corruption: Nigeria’s Buhari Places Foreign Travel Ban On 50 Persons Of Interest

Unic Press UK: The Nigerian government has imposed travel ban on fifty ‘persons on interest’ as it moves to bring into full effect, the Executive Order No. 6 of 2018, which was signed on July 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 basically “restricts all dealings in suspicious assets subject to investigation or inquiry bordering on corruption in order to preserve such assets from dissipation, and to deprive alleged criminals of the proceeds of their illicit activities which can otherwise be employed to allure, pervert and/or intimidate the investigative and judicial processes.” (President Buhari: July 2018)

In a press statement Saturday, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, said:

“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.”

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