Buhari Bans 50 'Corrupt' Individuals From Leaving Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has banned fifty prominent Nigerians suspected of corruption from travelling abroad.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

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Shehu said the development is part of steps being taken to enforce the executive order 6 recently signed by the President.

The Presidential spokesman said the Nigerians affected by the executive order have been placed under watch list and are restricted from travelling 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,” Shehu said in a statement issued Saturday.

The statement said: “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.

“To this end, enforcement procedures are currently in place by which the NIS 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 country 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 statement added.