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Why We Ban Some Nigerians From Travelling – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari-led government shocked many on Sunday, October 14, 2018 when it placed 50 high-profile Nigerians on travelling restrictions.

However, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu has come out to explain the essence of the travel ban. He said; “The very essence of the order is to make for speedy trials and conclusion of graft cases. The order is not Political and there is no political gain behind its activation.”

“These high profile cases we are talking about have been ongoing for between seven to 10 years with no end in sight. These case were mostly originated by administrations other than this one.”

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“What is clear is that the access to these resources by the suspects has enabled them to be in a composition to sometime compromise investigation, prosecution and trial.”

“In most of the cases, the courts are held in a helpless position by legal acrobatics paid for from corrupt enrichment by the suspects. The new measures put in place will compel everyone involved to make for a speedy conclusion of all graft cases.”

“If it is your money, you have it back. If it belongs to the public, it goes back to the treasury. The question of the constitutionality of the restriction order is answered by the fact that a court of the land has given government a clean chit.”

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“The Executive Order is legal and constitutional and therefore implementable. One of the cardinal objectives of the government under our constitution is to fight corruption.”

“Fighting corruption is a responsibility and obligation upon the government. These case that are well known and to to say this or that name is on it will open the door to further accusations, including trial by media.”

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“The Immìgration Service and other security agencies have the mandate of the President to carry out enforcement and they will do so giving due respects to individual rights, in line with the constitution.”