Electoral Violence: USA handed Oshiomole, Two State Governors Visa Ban, El-Rufai’s restriction extended
Former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomole, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano states are the latest Nigerian politicians to be handed Visa restriction by the United States of America government over their involvement in electoral violence in Nigeria.
Apart from the listed All Progressives Congress APC chieftains that are handed Vida restriction ban, Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s Visa ban was also extended.
Nasir El-Rufai was banned from entering the United States since 2010 over a graft case and the ban has now been extended.
Report from the United States official says more politicians are on their watchlist over electoral malpractices in Nigeria.
The affected politicians already got notified via Email and text message about their US Visa restriction.
‘”Those issued visa bans received the sanction for undermining democracy in Nigeria” read a statement from US Department of State Spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus 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 states elections and in the run up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo states elections.
“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’ statement from the Department of States over the Visa restriction handed to the politicians.