Visa ban: U.S. won’t publish names

From Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja 

The United States has again reiterated its threat to ban anyone who tampers with Nigeria’s electoral process from entering its territory.

It said the importance of electoral process makes the need to ban offenders from entering the US.

The fresh warning comes as the governorship election in Edo State holds in less than 48 hours and that of Ondo, October 10.

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, spoke on Wednesday at the end of the inaugural consular meeting with Nigerian officials to resolve the inclusion of Nigeria among countries placed on immigration restrictions.

Leonard said: “The integrity of the election process is so important to the fundamental trust of compact between citizens and their government.  It is fundamentally important and that is why we are taking steps to identify people we believe can credibly be construed to have interfered in the process.”

She however, said the names of offenders would not be made public…

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