The United States Government says it has imposed visa restrictions on some individuals for their actions during the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections and in the run up to the Edo and Ondo State governorship polls on Saturday and October 10 , respectively .
Although elections have not yet held in Edo and Ondo states , the Secretary of State , Mike Pompeo , imposed the visa restriction on the individuals due to their conduct in the run up to the polls .
This is according to a statement signed by the spokesperson for the Department of State , Morgan Ortagus , on Monday .
The statement read in part , “ 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 states ’ elections .
“ These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles . ”
Although the US Government did not reveal the identities of those who had been banned , it said the decision reflected its commitment to strengthening democracy in Nigeria.