Nige­ria im­poses travel ban on graft sus­pects

Gulf Times - - AFRICA -

Nige­ria yes­ter­day or­dered its se­cu­rity agen­cies to put some 50 high-pro­file graft sus­pects on a watch list and pre­vent them from leav­ing the coun­try.

A pres­i­dency state­ment said the move was to en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an ex­ec­u­tive order(EO6) which em­pow­ers Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to tem­po­rar­ily seize and for­bid ac­cess to any sus­pi­cious as­sets.

“To this end...Nige­ria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice and other se­cu­rity agen­cies have placed no fewer than 50 high­pro­file per­sons di­rectly af­fected by EO6 on watch-list and re­stricted them from leav­ing the coun­try pend­ing the de­ter­mi­na­tion of their cases,” it said.

“Also, the fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions

of th­ese per­sons of in­ter­est are be­ing mon­i­tored by the rel­e­vant agen­cies to en­sure that the as­sets are not dis­si­pated,” it added.

Buhari got the nod to im­ple­ment the ex­ec­u­tive order this week af­ter the op­po­si­tion lost a court bid to stop its im­ple­men­ta­tion. The pres­i­dency did not dis­close the names of those af­fected by the order, but

mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion were be­lieved to be the tar­get.

Buhari who came to power in 2015 on an anti-cor­rup­tion plat­form, has ac­cused the regime of ex-pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan of large-scale loot­ing of the trea­sury. Many op­po­si­tion fig­ures are on trial for cor­rup­tion of­fences, but there have been no no­table con­vic­tions.

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