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US Department Of State Statement On Aondoakaa's Ban

Source: AUSTYN OGANNAH - thewillnigeria.com
PHOTO:NIGERIA'S  FORMER CONTROVERSIAL ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL AONDOAKAA.
PHOTO:NIGERIA'S FORMER CONTROVERSIAL ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL AONDOAKAA.


San Francisco, July 02, (THEWILL) – THEWILL today obtained from a US Department of State official in Washington DC a note announcing The United States decision to revoke the US visa of Nigeria’s former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa.

It reads: "The United States has revoked the visa of former Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa under Section 212(f) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 7750, which provides authority to deny entry to persons for corruption.

"Under Presidential Proclamation 7750, "Public Officials or "Former Public Officials whose solicitation or acceptance of any article of monetary value, or other benefit, in exchange for any act or omission in the performance of their public functions, or whose misappropriation of public funds or interference with the judicial, electoral or other public processes has had serious adverse effects on the national interest of the United States."

We also obtained a copy of the Presidential proclamation which the White House invoked in its decision to ban the former controversial Attorney General.

The document states as follows:

"January 12, 2004

"To Suspend Entry as Immigrants or Nonimmigrants of Persons Engaged in or Benefiting From Corruption

"By the President of the United States of America

"A Proclamation

"In light of the importance of legitimate and transparent public institutions to world stability, peace, and development, and the serious negative effects that corruption of public institutions has on the United States efforts to promote security and to strengthen democratic institutions and free market systems, and in light of the importance to the United States and the international community of fighting corruption, as evidenced by the Third Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity and other intergovernmental efforts, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict the international travel and to suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of certain persons who have committed, participated in, or are beneficiaries of corruption in the performance of public functions where that corruption has serious adverse effects on international activity of U.S. businesses, U.S. foreign assistance goals, the security of the United States against transnational crime and terrorism, or the stability of democratic institutions and nations.

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of persons described in section 1 of this proclamation would, except as provided in sections 2 and 3 of this proclamation, be detrimental to the interests of the United States.

"I therefore hereby proclaim that:

"Section 1. The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of the following persons is hereby suspended:

"(a) Public officials or former public officials whose solicitation or acceptance of any article of monetary value, or other benefit, in exchange for any act or omission in the performance of their public functions has or had serious adverse effects on the national interests of the United States.

"(b) Persons whose provision of or offer to provide any article of monetary value or other benefit to any public official in exchange for any act or omission in the performance of such official's public functions has or had serious adverse effects on the national interests of the United States.

"(c) Public officials or former public officials whose misappropriation of public funds or interference with the judicial, electoral, or other public processes has or had serious adverse effects on the national interests of the United States.

"(d) The spouses, children, and dependent household members of persons described in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) above, who are beneficiaries of any articles of monetary value or other benefits obtained by such persons.

"Sec. 2. Section 1 of this proclamation shall not apply with respect to any person otherwise covered by section 1 where entry of the person into the United States would not be contrary to the interests of the United States.

"Sec. 3. Persons covered by sections 1 and 2 of this proclamation shall be identified by the Secretary of State or the Secretary's designee, in his or her sole discretion, pursuant to such standards and procedures as the Secretary may establish.

"Sec. 4. For purposes of this proclamation, "serious adverse effects on the national interests of the United States" means serious adverse effects on the international economic activity of U.S. businesses, U.S. foreign assistance goals, the security of the United States against transnational crime and terrorism, or the stability of democratic institutions and nations.

"Sec. 5. Nothing in this proclamation shall be construed to derogate from United States Government obligations under applicable international agreements.

"Sec. 6. The Secretary of State shall have responsibility for implementing this proclamation pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary may, in the Secretary's discretion, establish.

"Sec. 7. This proclamation is effective immediately.

"Sec. 8. This proclamation is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party, against the United States, its departments, agencies, or other entities, its officers or employees, or any other person.

"IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.

"GEORGE W. BUSH."

The US official would not state why President Obama invoked the proclamation but analysts have hinted that Mr. Michael Aodoakaa’s shameful and unethical conduct during late president Umaru Yar’Adua’s illness could have earned him the wrath of the US government.

The former Attorney General was on the verge of resuming at the United Nations as a member of the governing council of the United Nations Institute for Unification of Private Laws.