Monday, 15 October 2018

Travel Ban: We Have Not Released Any List Of Nigerians - Presidency Reacts To Criticisms

The Presidency Sunday night cleared the air on the Executive Order 6 which has generated controversy online and trailed with criticisms on social media.
 
Garba Shehu
 
The Presidency has rubbished the lists making the rounds online purportedly containing the names of high-profile Nigerians affected by the travel ban the Federal Government announced on Saturday.
 
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, spoke about the issue on Sunday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
 
He said, “We’ve seen a number of names being circulated. We have not issued any list. We are not going to issue any list because, again, if we did so, a lot of criticism will follow. Trials by media and all sorts of things.”
 
Although the Presidential aide declined to mention the names any of the people affected by the travel ban, he suggested that they were no surprises to the list.
 
“These cases are mostly known by most Nigerians. There are cases that have been in the public domain. Most of them were never really instituted by this administration. They go back seven to 10 years,” he said.
 
Meanwhile, the Presidency on Sunday night, also cleared the air on the Executive Order 6 which has generated controversy, saying that the present administration inherited from the previous administration the trial of 50 high profile persons directly involved in corrupt practices.
 
The Presidency in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja explained that the EO6 came into force for speedy trial of graft cases.
 
The statement read; ”In the history of independent Nigeria, this is the first time any government is taking such a key decision to fight corruption. EO 6 is not only revolutionary to the efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption but a manifestation of systemic changes that are required to to make necessary adjustments as we carry on with the war against corruption.
 
“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 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.
 
“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. 2019 and the Buhari imperative.
 
“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 Presidency said the new measures put in place should compel everyone involved to make for a speedy conclusion of all graft cases.

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