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US may sanction Nigerians involved in electoral violence

2015-04-21 08:49
A woman displaced by Islamist militants attacks casts her vote in Yola, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP)

Abuja - The U.S. Government has revealed that it is considered imposing visa restrictions on Nigerian nationals found guilty of having interrupted electoral processes during the recent elections, Vanguard reports.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, said in a statement that the U.S. will not allow any person into its borders who is guilty of electoral violence.

Although no names have been mentioned, many are speculating that restrictions may be imposed on former Minister Orubebe for openly disrupting the collation process and calling for INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega to step down.

Others suspected of being on the list include Patience Jonathan for allegedly saying that anyone chanting change should be stoned at a rally in Cross River State.

Also read: Orubebe denies plotting to kidnap Jega

Governor Shema of Katsina State has also been implicated after having urged his supporters to attack and kill opposition members who he described as "cockroaches".

Thomas-Greenfield has admitted that although the elections were largely peaceful, many had gone out of their way to undermine electoral processes and interrupt proceedings.

Thomas-Greenfield has commended INEC and Jega on embracing the use of technology during the elections and have expressed regret at any loss of life and property during proceedings.

Read more at Vanguard

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