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There’s confusion on the set of over 50 high-profile Nigerians positioned on a travel ban by the government last Saturday as security agencies, like the Nigeria Immigration Nigeria and Service Customs Service have said the list isn’t with them.
However, the Presidency insisted on Friday that the travel ban list have been sent to the many security agencies through the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.saturday announced that security agencies
President Muhammadu Buhari had last, like the NIS, had placed over 50 high-profile Nigerians on a wrist watch list and restricted them from leaving the national country, pending the determination of these corruption cases with the many security agencies.
The development followed the judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja last Thursday.
Buhari spoke through his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, in a statement issued in Abuja.
“To this final end, several enforcement procedures are in place where the Nigeria Immigration Service along with other security agencies have placed no less than 50 high-profile persons directly suffering from EO6 on watch list and restricted them from leaving the united states, pending the determination of these cases,” the statement titled, ‘Buhari directs implementation of EO6 completely force’, had read partly.
We don’t have travel ban list –Immigration, Customs
However, the NIS spokesman, Sunday james, on Friday that the Immigration hadn’t received any list detailing names of corrupt persons told The Punch, adding that the ongoing service would enforce the travel ban whenever it got such list and directive.
“We’ve not received the travel ban list; we have been a police agency, our service will enforce whatever directive the government gives to us fully. So, after the directive (travel ban) is given, we will comply. We have been an enforcement agency, we don’t have worthwhile reason never to comply,” on Friday he told among our correspondents in a telephone conversation.
In exactly the same vein, the NCS on Friday told among our correspondents that it had yet to get any list containing the names of 50 high-profile Nigerians banned from travelling from the country.
Travel ban list with security agencies, Presidency insists
But the Presidency insisted on Friday that the nation’s security agencies were already in possession of the set of about 50 Nigerians positioned on travel ban within moves to implement Executive Order 6 signed by the President.
The Senior Special Assistant to the elected president on Media and Publicity, Shehu, said this within an interview with among our correspondents.
Shehu said the info distributed around him by Malami was that the list have been distributed around the security agencies. He said no reason was had by him to doubt the AGF.
Sources to the security agencies close, however, said that there have been individual names that had either been placed either on watch list or stopped from travelling by courts.
These individuals, the sources added, were being watched.