The United States announced Wednesday that it has imposed visa bans on people who disrupted the recent elections in Nigeria.

In a statement, the US State Department quoted Secretary of State Antony Binken announcing the ban on unidentified persons.

“We are committed to supporting and promoting democracy in Nigeria and around the world. Today, I am announcing visa restrictions for specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in a recent election in Nigeria,” said Mr. Blinken.

He said that certain family members of such individuals may also be subject to the restrictions.

Blinken added that the visa restrictions are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Nigerian government.

The decision to impose visa restrictions, he said, reflects the United States’ commitment to supporting Nigeria’s aspirations to fight corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law.

Recent elections held in Nigeria include gubernatorial elections in Osun, Ekiti and Anambra states.

Elected governors in those states have been sworn in, the most recent being Ademola Adeleke as Governor of Osun.

Nigeria is scheduled to hold its general elections on February 25 and March 11 to choose new leaders, including a new president and parliament.

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