The United States of America (USA) has threatened to sanction troublemakers in Anambra state, Nigeria, by imposing a visa ban on them. ayokinews.com reports
This was made known in a public statement issued by the United States (US) Mission in Nigeria on Wednesday, ahead of the state’s gubernatorial election slated for November 6.
The statement reads; “The United States looks forward to a gubernatorial election in Anambra State on November 6 that is peaceful and transparent, with results that accurately reflect the will of the state’s residents.”
“We will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere with the democratic process or instigate violence against civilian populations before, during, or after the elections.
“We will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process.
“Under U.S. immigration law, certain violations also may lead to restrictions on family members. We call on citizens, electoral officials, party members, and security force personnel to do their part in ensuring a credible and secure electoral process.”
Anambra state had been engulfed in fierce violence after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) declared that there would be no electoral conduct (Election) in the state.