The United States of America (UN) through its State secretary Mike Pompeo, has Imposed Visa Ban On Election Riggers In Kogi State Nigeria and other 3 states.
Mike pompeo through the released statement said the UNITED STATES has placed Visa restricted to on some individuals involved in the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa state elections and in the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo state elections.
Noting the fact that elections have not been conducted in Edo State and Ondo state respectively, the Us imposed it’s Visa restrictions regarding the conduct of the last poll.
The Visa restriction statement signed by the spokesman for the department of the state, Morgan Ortagus reads Thus:
“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.
“These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles,” the statement read in part.
Although the US Government did not reveal the identities of those who have been banned, it said the decision reflects its commitment to strengthening democracy in Nigeria.
“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,” the statement read.
Futhermore, the US Condemned the indecent act of violating election protocols and processes then commended Nigerians for their contributions to make the elections a success and futher upholding Democracy in the Nation.
“As the Edo and Ondo State off-cycle elections near, we urge all stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, the political parties, and the security services, to uphold the tenets of democracy and facilitate genuinely free and fair elections, conducted in an appropriately transparent and non-violent manner,” the US stated.