SERAP Replies President Buhari, Says Travel Ban Oppresive, Illegal

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has described the travel ban placed on 50 high profile Nigerians as oppresive, illegal.

The body said in a statement signed by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale, today, said that the President’s order breaches constitutional rights of citizens and the country’s international obligations, which protects the right to freedom of movement, privacy, and due process of law.

SERAP,  has, however, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to immediately lift the order as it interfers with the people’s right to travel out of their country.

You would recall that President Muhammadu Buhari through Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Saturday, announced the placement of 50 high-profile Nigerians on travel ban, citing the measure as part of the implementation of Presidential Executive Order Number 6.

Section 1 B of the Order reads: “Where a Government official or a person acting for and on behalf of such an official, directly or indirectly, engages in corrupt practices such as misappropriation of State’s assets for personal gain, receives any form of bribe or engages in corrupt practices related to the performance of his/her duties or the award or execution of Government contract; or transfers, launder or facilitates the transfer or laundering of proceeds of illicit activities, such official, in addition to forfeiting the proceeds in accordance with the relevant laws, shall forthwith be subject to  the disciplinary procedure in accordance with the Public Service Rules and investigation by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The affected persons are  former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), ex-governors Saminu Turaki (Jigawa), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Rasheed Ladoja (Oyo), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); and Ibrahim Shehu Shema (Katsina).

The former ministers are ex-ministers are Nenadi Usman, Bashir Yuguda, Jumoke Akinjide; Bala Mohammed; Abba Moro; Femi Fani-Kayode; and Ahmadu Fintiri, among other names.

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