Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state

OBINNA EZUGWU

The United States says it has imposed visa ban on politicians who undermined the conducts of the November 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

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

“In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections,” the statement said.

“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,” the statement read in part.

According to the statement, these individuals whose identities were not revealed, “operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.”

It said the ban was in furtherance of its commitment to strengthening democracy in Nigeria.