Author: Nurudeen Lawal
President Buhari signed Executive Order 6 under which 50 Nigerians have been banned from travelling abroad – Though the federal government has not officially released names of the affected persons, there has been a purported list of the affected persons circulating in the media – The purported list has, however, created some confusion as it contains the name of a dead judge Not fewer than 13 former governors and seven ex-ministers have been reportedly barred from travelling out of the country under Executive Order 6 (EO6) issued on Saturday, October 13, by President Muhammadu Buhari. On Saturday, October 13, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, announced that at least 50 Nigerians being probed for alleged corruption have been banned from leaving the country. He said the action was to the effect of the executive order six recently signed by President Buhari.
The alleged list of the banned Nigerians which was published by The Nation has, however, created confusion as it includes the name of a deceased judge, Innocent Umezulike, former chief judge of Enugu state who has been deceased since June. TheCable reports that Umezulike passed away even before the executive order in question was signed by the president in July. The late judge, who was arraigned in 2017 for alleged corruption, was laid to rest in September.
Meanwhile, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the political group Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have condemned the travel ban slapped on 50 high-profile Nigerians by President Buhari. In separate statements released on Saturday, October 13 shortly after Presidency announced the bans through spokesman Garba Shehu, PDP and CUPP expressed worries over the move. The PDP statement signed by its national spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan accused the APC of trying to intimidate the opposition ahead of 2019. The party said it hoped the move was not “a ploy to harm certain eminent Nigerians on the claims of resisting travel restrictions” and alleged that the Buhari administration reportedly made the move “without recourse to due process of the law.” In its own statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday night by the first national spokesman of the CUPP Hon Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the coalition also decried the move. It noted that President Buhari should have waited for the pending appeal court decision on the validity of the Executive Order 6 under which the travel bans were issued. Source: NAIJ.com