The US has warned that anyone found guilty of undermining the next Anambra governorship election on November 6 would not be granted a visa.
The US said on Wednesday, November 3 that individuals found guilty of inciting violence during or after the election will face immigration restrictions.
The United States says it will keep an eye on the process and hopes for a calm and transparent governorship election in the state.
“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,” a statement by the US Mission in Nigeria reads.
“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 U.S. immigration law, certain violations also may lead to restrictions on family members.
“We call on citizens, electoral officials, party members, and security force personnel to do their part in ensuring a credible and secure electoral process.”
In other news, suspected Islamic States of West African Province (ISWAP) rebels attacked a community hospital and set fire to a telecommunications mast in Mugumeri Local Government Area of Borno State on Wednesday, November 3.
During the raid, alleged Islamic States of West African Province (ISWAP) gunmen seized medicines and other supplies from the hospital, according to DailyTrust.
They were divided into two groups, according to a security source.
While the military was exchanging fire with a group of ISWAP members, another group entered the hospital and stole medications, a refrigerator, and some bedsheets.
“They attacked the town from behind, burning down Airtel Mast and ransacking the hospital. They went away with drugs, a refrigerator and some bedsheets,” the source said
Magumeri is some 40 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the state capital.