President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Order in full force.
According to Nigeria Standard newspaper, Obasanjo, ATIKU ABUBAKAR, Fayose, Melaye, Gbenga Daniel, other P.D.P big wigs in are secretly listed in the ’50 high-profile’ persons barred from ‘escaping’ Abroad over Corruption. However, Atiku’s running mate, Peter Obi’s name is not on the list.
The newspaper notes that BUHARI’S Presidency panics releasing their names would cause lawlessness in public. The paper quotes top security source as saying, “Attempts by Nigeria’s presidency to place a ban on these Nigerians is to instill fear, discredit them ahead of 2019 election.”
However, The Buhari administration reassured 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.
Buhari said his administration would uphold the rule of law in all his 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,” he said.
Following the order, “a number of enforcement procedures has been put in place allowing the Nigeria Immigration Service and other security agencies to place no fewer than 50 high profile persons directly affected by EO6 on watchlist and restricting them from leaving the country pending the determination of their cases.”
In a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari also said “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.”
He added: “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.”