FG Places Fifty Prominent Nigerians on Watch List
The Federal Government has put about 50 prominent Nigerians on watch list in its resolve to fully implement the Executive Order 6 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
But even though the names of the persons on the list were not disclosed, chances are that the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, may be among the affected citizens.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday.
Shehu said following the judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the executive order, Buhari has mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to implement the order in full force.
The presidential spokesman said the prominent Nigerians put on watch list had also been restrained from travelling outside the country pending the determination of their cases.
He, however, did not name the affected persons.
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Fayose, whose tenure as Governor of Ekiti State will expire on October 16, was placed on a criminal watch-list by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The commission wrote to the Nigeria Customs Service on September 12, describing Fayose as posing a flight risk and may leave the country via land borders, airports or even seaports.
According to EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Fayose is under probe for conspiracy, abuse of office, official corruption, theft and money laundering.
But in a statement, Fayose said he was not afraid of facing investigation, adding that he had nothing to hide. He also described his being placed on a watch-list as “political” and “petty”.
Days later, however, Fayose took the matter to court, asking for N20 billion in damages against the EFCC for “flagrant, deliberate, premeditated and reckless libel and unprovoked attack on his character and reputation and the breach of his constitutional right/immunity as an incumbent Governor”.
“Accordingly, this administration will uphold the rule of law in all its actions and the right of citizens would be protected as guaranteed by the Constitution,” he said.