US imposes visa restrictions on some Nigerians

The US government is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians who tried to undermine the country’s general elections in February.

The US State Department did not name those affected but said the visa sanctions were targeted at some individuals who were involved in election violence, not the general population.

“These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights,” Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement announcing the travel restrictions.

“This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realize its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights, ” she added.

Nigeria’s general election was marred by violence.

At least 39 people were killed in election-related violence and two offices of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Electoral Commission were set on fire a few days before the presidential polls.

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari won the election, despite claims of irregularities by political opponents.