BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The ding dong game ahead of the 2019 general elections has started to rear its head as President Muhammadu Buhari has placed travelling restrictions on 50 high-profile Nigerians.
A statement to this effect by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Malam Garba Shehu did not however disclosed the identities of the affected 50 individuals.
Shehu said that following the instant judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6), President Buhari has mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Order in full force.
The statement explained that 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.
The Presidential spokesman further said that the financial transactions of the 50 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.
Shehu said that the action is part of the implementation of Executive Order Number 6 which seeks 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.
Shehu further said that the financial transactions of the affected persons are also being monitored by relevant agencies to ensure the assets are not dissipated as well as to ensure that such persons do not in any way interfere with investigation and litigation processes.