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US imposes visa restrictions on Nigerians responsible for 'undermining democracy'

The US State Department said it is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria. 

"These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights," the statement said.

"The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government," the statement added. 

In January, the US government said that it would consider consequences, including visa restrictions, for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organising election related violence. 

The department reiterated its commitment to working with the Nigerian government to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights. 

Read the full statement here