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Monday, 18 March 2013

US to Slam Visa Restriction on Nigeria Over Alamieseigha

There was  indication  on Sunday that  United States  might  slam  visa restrictions on some Nigerian government officials in protest against the state pardon granted a former Bayelsa State Governor Dieprieye Alameiyeiseigha, and an ex-Managing Director of  the defunct Bank of the North, Mr. Shettima Bulama.
A diplomatic source, who made this known to The PUNCH  in Abuja, said the US was  miffed by  the Federal Government’s decision to summon its Deputy Head of Mission  for flaying  the reprieve granted the two men.
He said, “There are a lot of options open to Washington. For one, if this matter is not resolved,  they can issue visa restrictions on  government officials and then follow it up with other sanctions recognised within international law.”
The  source  said that  Nigeria currently stands at a disadvantage should the visa restrictions be  imposed.

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