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VISA RESTRICTIONS: U.S. Mission Threatens  Politicians Behind Violence In 2023 Elections

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The United States of America Mission in Nigeria has called on relevant authorities to hold accountable and bring to justice any individuals found to have ordered or carried out efforts to intimidate voters and suppress voting during the recently concluded  election process.

The US diplomats in a  statement on Tuesday,  on the outcome March 18 gubernatorial and state assembly elections expressed worries over the  acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.

The United States said it is  considering all available actions, including additional visa restrictions, on individuals believed to be responsible for undermining the democratic process in Nigeria.

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The statement added “The United States is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.

“Members of the U.S. diplomatic mission observed the elections in Lagos and elsewhere and witnessed some of these incidents first-hand.

“We call on Nigerian authorities to hold accountable and bring to justice any individuals found to have ordered or carried out efforts to intimidate voters and suppress voting during the election process.

“The United States likewise will consider all available actions, including additional visa restrictions, on individuals believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Nigeria.

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“The United States renews its call for any challenges to election results to go through established legal processes, which must not be interfered with, “it noted .