The presidency has announced the placement of 50 high-profile Nigerians on travelling ban.
The identities of the individuals were not disclosed.
But according to a statement from the presidency, those on watch list include Nigerians with assets valued at N50million and above are subject of corruption investigation and litigation.
The statement was signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu
The statement is below:
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
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.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
Legit.ng recently reported that the validity of the Presidential Executive Order (PEO) 6 of 2018 which provides for the interim seizure of assets linked to ongoing criminal trials and investigations has been upheld by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, October 11.
Two lawyers, Ikenga Ugochinyere and Keneth Udeze, had instituted a suit before the court to challenge its validity.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu delivering judgment dismissed the suit for lacking in merit and affirmed that the president has the constitutional powers to issue the PEO as long as it does not encroach into the principles of separation of powers.
UPDATE: The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday, October 14, said that the order was legal and constitutional.
The presidential aide noted that the cases in question were originated by previous administrations, adding that most suspects involved in the cases hire lawyers to slow down the pace of their trial.
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