US imposes Visa restrictions on Nigerian politicians who rigged elections

The United States of America has imposed visa restrictions on politicians, who it claimed undermined the conducts of the November 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

The spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

“In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections.

“Today, the Secretary of State is imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections and in the run up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo State elections,” the statement read in part.

It added that these individuals whose identities were not revealed, “operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.”

The ban is coming on the eve of Edo and Ondo state gubernatorial elections and is seen as a subtle warning to all parties involved.

The US says that the ban is meant to further strengthen its commitment to democracy in Nigeria.

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