U.S. imposes visa ban on some Nigerians over Edo, Ondo guber polls

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerians undermining electoral processes in the run-up to the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.

The move also targets individuals it accused of working to undermine the November 2019 governorship polls in Kogi and Bayelsa.

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

Ortagus said those affected were working to “destabilize the Nigerian democratic process or for organising election-related violence”.

She noted that their 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.

The Edo and Ondo governorship polls are scheduled to hold on Sept. 19 and Oct. 10

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