- The US will not reveal the identities of Nigerian politicians placed on visa ban due to interference in the country's electoral process
- This was disclosed by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard
- The US ambassador explained that the move was as a result of the need to respect the confidentiality attached to visa-related issues
The United States has said it will not reveal the identities of Nigerians placed on visa ban for interfering in the country's electoral process.
Recall the US had on Monday, September placed visa ban on some unnamed Nigerians for undermining the November 2019 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
It also warned caught interfering in the electoral processes in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo governorship elections will join those on the list.
However, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, said the names of those politicians will not be disclosed.
The Nation reported that Leonard explained that the move was as a result of the need to respect the confidentiality attached to visa-related issues.
Legit.ng gathers that the US ambassador made this known at the end of the inaugural consular meeting with Nigeria officials to resolve the listing of Nigeria among countries placed on immigration restrictions.
“An individual who intends to travel or apply for visa would be refused and impeded but it is not something that we advertise, who these individuals are," she said.
“Anyone who had been involved with election processes in Nigeria should reflect upon that notorious behaviour in this regards may have the consequences for their ability to travel to the United States.”
Meanwhile, an earlier report indicated that the list of the banned politicians has the name of a resident electoral commissioner of INEC, three governors, and academics who participated in general elections between 2019 and some security officials.
Similarly, prominent Nigerians, top members of APC and PDP including lawmakers were also allegedly added to the list of the electoral offenders.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the PDP praised the United States over the ban and visa restriction on some individuals for their involvement in electoral malpractice.
The opposition party in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, the national publicity secretary, on Tuesday, September 15, noted that the election riggers undermined Nigeria's democracy and the electoral process.
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