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Anambra guber: US threatens visa ban on troublemakers

The United States yesterday threatened to impose visa ban against perceived troublemakers in the build-up to the November 6 Anambra State governorship poll. In a statement ahead of the election, the US said it was prepared to slam wouldbe perpetrators of violence with the ban, warning that here would not be any hiding place for troublemakers. The US also added that it was looking forward to a peaceful and transparent exercise with results that accurately reflects the will of residents.

The statement from the US Embassy in Abuja, 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 US immigration law, certain violations also may lead to restrictions on family members.”

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