Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu & ex-presidential aspirants, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, have responded to the record of Nigerians important personality prohibited from trip overseas for supposed fraud against them.
Both politician expelled the record, saying it only occur in the surface of papers.
As indicated by them, they were not prohibited from trip overseas on the grounds that there was no any authorized statement to that impact.
Ekweremadu in an announcement sent to writers by his media helper, Uche Anichukwu, said the story restricting his manager from trip aboard was long way from reality.
His words: “Ekweremadu’s position is that the Constitution demands every public officer to declare his or her assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau every four years, a provision he had since fulfilled, hence his refusal to fill fresh asset declaration forms forwarded to him by the panel contrary to the constitution.”
“It is also his position that the Public Property Special Provisions Act, CAP R4 LFN, 2004, otherwise known as Decree No 3, 1984, which the panel relied on to charge public officials to court has become obsolete and power to investigate non-asset declaration is now vested in the Code of Conduct Bureau by the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Therefore, only the Code of Conduct Bureau can receive asset declaration forms from public officers.”
On his own, Bafarawa in a phone conversation with Daily Trust, said if the authority had issues with him, it ought to go to court as opposed to stopping him & other important people on the surface of papers.
“My international passport is with me; nobody communicated to me that I have been banned. I was in court and secured judgement in my favour but it seems there is no rule of law anymore…The courts are being undermined, I don’t think we are running a democratic government anymore,” he stated.