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US announces visa ban on politicians who undermined Kogi, Bayelsa, Edo, Ondo elections

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The United States on Monday announced additional visa restrictions on some Nigerians over election-related activities. The US State Department accused theose on its list of being responsible for undermining the democratic process.

The restrictions were imposed on the individuals, who were not named, “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,” the State Department said in a statement.

“These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in the statement.

In 2019, the United States imposed visa restrictions on Nigerians it said had undermined elections in February and March of that year.

The State Department said it warned in a statement last year that it would consider consequences, including visa restrictions, on those responsible for organizing election-related violence or undermining the Nigerian democratic process.