Breaking: US govt denies visa restrictions on INEC chairman, commissioners, other

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

The United State embassy in Abuja has denied reports that the US government has placed a Visa restriction on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and some commissioners of the electoral body.

A source within the embassy who didn’t want to be mentioned told a vanguard reporter that that news is false as none of such directive has been given.

According to the source, “the US government refuses to be drawn into any attempt to malign the INEC over the 2019 elections as issues arising from the election are still in court.” The source also confirmed that quite a number of INEC ‘s Commissioners we’re recently granted Visas to the US. It would be recalled that the joint forum of over 60 political parties and their presidential candidates in the 2019 election has recently raised the alarm over alleged fresh plot orchestrated by a heavily paid “network of blackmailers to smear the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and discredit the nation’s electoral process.”

Meanwhile, Sources within INEC disclosed that the report was not true and hinted that it could have been planted to embarrass the Commission.

The source said “This is a lie. We don’t understand why people will go this length to spread false information,”

The source further confirmed that INEC Commissioner Amina Zakary who was mentioned in the blog post as banned from entering the US just returned from the US a few days ago while Commissioner Lecky is right now in the US on official duties.