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FW: Buhari bans Nigerians facing corruption charges from travelling

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, 13th October 2018, issued an executive order (EO) against those his administration is prosecuting in court over alleged corruption. The President barred about 50 high profile people from travelling outside the country until the hearing and determination of their cases. 


What is this about?

The Executive Order 6 (EO6) places Nigerians whose financial transactions are being monitored by relevant security agencies under watch. As part of the President’s anti-corruption crackdown, he gave directives to Nigeria’s immigration service to place an embargo on those who are affected from travelling.

The issuance of the restriction came in a few days after a High Court in Abuja granted Muhammad Buhari the right to temporarily seize properties of persons being tried for corruption. While the court was clear that the President should not seize the powers of the other organs of government in the implementation of the EO, Buhari announced the restriction of the movement of these 50 people in the country.

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