The State Department said on Tuesday it had imposed restrictions on visas for Nigerians who said they had participated in an attempt to undermine democracy during the presidential and parliamentary elections this year.
The ministry did not announce the names or number of individuals covered by the restrictions. President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term in February in an election marred by delays, logistical problems and violence.
“These individuals acted without fear of punishment, at the expense of Nigerian citizens and undermined democratic principles and human rights,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that the measures announced today are limited to specific individuals and do not include the Nigerian people or the newly elected government.”