The United States of America has imposed a visa ban on individuals who rigged the November 2019 state elections in Kogi and Bayelsa.
Disclosing this in a statement signed by State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus on Monday, the US said: “In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February elections and March 2019.
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 Edo and Ondo state elections. 2020.
“These people have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles,” the statement reads in part.
“The State Department emphasizes that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people. This decision reflects the State Department’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to fulfill its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability and respect for human rights.
“As the Edo and Ondo states off-cycle elections approach, we urge all stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, political parties and security services, to uphold the principles of democracy and facilitate truly free and fair elections, conducted in a duly transparent and non-violent manner ”.