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Update: US Places Visa Restitution On Nigerians

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The United State has placed Visa restriction on individual who undermined the gubernatorial election in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

US Secretary to state, Mike Pompeo, who made the disclosure, in a statement on Monday, said action has also been taken on people who participated in the run-up to the September and October gubernatorial election in Edo and Ondo.

However, he did not disclosed identity of the persons affected by the ban.

“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.

“These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.

“The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people. This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realise its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.”

Meanwhile, the United States reiterated it support for Nigeria democracy and commended all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen democratic institutions and processes.

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