A former governor of Edo State and the suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, top the list of Nigerians imposed with a visa ban by the United States authorities.
The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, are also listed among those affected by the latest US sanction while the Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State visa ban has been extended.
El-Rufai was banned from entering the US since 2010 over a corruption cases.
Reports from the US officials stated that more Nigerian politicians may be included on the visa ban list after the Edo governorship election if they are involved in electoral malpractice, meanwhile those affected by the latest visa ban have received notification by email and or text messages.
A statement by spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, on Monday said those issued visa bans received the sanction for undermining democracy in Nigeria.
It 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.
“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.”