US extends travel ban to Nigeria

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As Diaspora Igbo pray Trump to place visa ban 7 Supreme Court justices

United States president, Donald Trump, has said he plans to add countries to his existing travel ban to bar more foreign nationals from entry into the US.

The current ban signed by Mr Trump two years ago closed US borders to citizens from seven countries, most with Muslim majorities.

Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela are affected.

Countries from Europe, Africa and Asia are being considered for the expanded order, according to US media.  Mr Trump confirmed that more countries will be added.

“You see what’s going on in the world, our country has to be safe,” he told reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.

He gave no further details on which countries would be targeted or how many, but said that the information would be released very shortly.

The expanded list, first reported by Politico, may include Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. Different versions of this list have been considered among the administration for weeks, US media said.

Meanwhile, the Imo Diaspora Coalition for Justice and Democracy has petitioned Trump to place visa ban on the seven Supreme Court justices who unanimously declared Mr. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election.

The Coalition in a petition, in which they seek 1000 signatures, asked the US president to place the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekekere-Ekun, Olukayode Ariwoola, Amiru Sanusi, Amina Augie and Uwani Abba-Aji on “visa ban” or “no fly zone”.

The court, it would be recalled, court had sacked Mr. Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared Uzodinma as the winner of governorship election in the state.

The group alleged that fake results were added to the total accredited voters in the state which was 823,743 out of which only 714,355 voted “to now become 928,054 votes.”

They therefore asked the Supreme Court to reverse the judgment saying, “Nigeria’s legal system allows for the Supreme Court to reverse itself in certain circumstances, including where the judgement was obtained by fraudulent.

With AFP report

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