Nigerian Top officials banned from entering US

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The United States Government on Monday placed a visa ban on some individuals from coming into the country.

Report reveals that ex-governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, is among top Nigerians slammed with a visa ban.

Other top bodies include Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state had his own visa ban extended.

Since 2010, he has been banned from entering the US over a graft case.

According to US officials, more Nigerian politicians may be included on the visa ban list after the Edo governorship election if they are found to be involved in electoral malpractice.

A statement by spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, on Monday said those issued visa bans received the sanction for subverting democracy in Nigeria.

The statement reads: “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 states 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.

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“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.”

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