Following the instant judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6), the Federal Government has placed on the watch-list, no fewer than 50 prominent people in the country.
The concerned persons will not be able to leave the country pending the determination of cases of alleged corruption against them.
The directive for placement on watchlist was given to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is even as the president assured all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians of his administration’s commitment to the fight against corruption, in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the general principles of the Rule of Law.
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The announcement was made known in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The statement reads in part: “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.”