U.S. sanctions Nigeria’s 2019 election riggers, imposes visa restrictions – Independent Observers

U.S. sanctions Nigeria’s 2019 election riggers, imposes visa restrictions

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By Temitope Owotoki

The United States (U.S.) State Department has imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians who were involved in trying to or undermined democracy in the concluded Nigeria’s 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The US government ministry, however, did not list the names of the individuals or gave an indication to the number of individuals affected by the visa ban, but it clearly pointed out that it was for those who undermined the process.

Morgan Ortagus, Spokeswoman of the department said those involved were those who with impunity undermined the democratic process at the expense of the Nigerian populace.

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

 “The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government,” Ortagus added.

The twwet via Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) July 23, 2019

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on those believed to have undermined the democratic process throughout #Nigeria’s 2019 elections. The U.S. remains committed to working with President Buhari to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy and improve respect for #HumanRights.

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