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Presidency places two governors on security watch-list

By The Citizen
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There are strong indications that the Federal Government may have placed two gover­nors from the Southern part of the country on a watch-list.

A source from the Presidency said the governors are from the South-West and South-South.

The decision to place them under watch, the source said stemmed from their activities which, he said, were 'clearly anti-Nigeria.

Their activities have negative security implications.'

It was learnt that the governors would no longer be allowed to travel overseas un­less they are given permission by key security outfits and of­ficials.

The order to this effect, the source said, had been hand­ed to all security organisations and relevant offices.

The direc­tive was said to have been is­sued three weeks ago.

The source said the memo was explicit that any of the affected governors must, as a matter of compulsion, 'see the Director General in Abuja' before being allowed to embark on foreign trips.

Asked if the move would not be a negation of constitutional rights of the governors as offi­cials who enjoy immunity and who operate in a federal system, the source disagreed.

He argued that the immunity was not being tampered with, stressing that a number of secu­rity questions were involved.

According to him, 'the gov­ernment is moving to stop any form of infractions and the pro­cess does not infringe upon the immunity of any of the actors. I believe that none of the officials would be stopped from embark­ing on trips unnecessarily.'

On what would happen if the affected governors refuse to comply with the new order, the source disclosed that they would be prevented by the secu­rity from boarding their flights.

'The security knows what to do in the case of any of them failing to get the required clear­ance before embarking on trips abroad.

He will be prevented from boarding his flight,' he said. - The Sun.