Falana Faults Buhari’s Executive Order
Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, has condemned the travel ban placed on some Nigerians through the Executive Order 6 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the ban is a sad reminder of the reckless placement of political opponents on security watch list and seizure of their passports by the defunct military junta.
“The right of citizens to freedom of movement guaranteed by Section 41 of the Constitution and Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act could not be abridged or abrogated by the executive outside the procedure permitted by law,” Falana said.
Similarly, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) faulted the order. “Banning 50 alleged high-profile corrupt Nigerians from travelling abroad without any legal basis and a judicial authorisation is clearly arbitrary, repressive and illegal, as it breaches constitutional rights and the country’s international obligations, which protect the rights to freedom of movement, to leave one’s country, to privacy, and to due process of law,” SERAP said in a statement by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale.
“It is always important that the definition and interpretation of the law should be as certain as possible, and this is of particular importance in cases of corruption where citizens’ human rights may be at stake. We do not consider that such reasonable certainty can exist where the executive assumes patently judicial functions,” the rights group stated.