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UK threatens masterminds of electoral violence in Edo/Ondo election with visa ban, asset seizure

UK threatens masterminds of electoral violence in Edo/Ondo election with visa ban, asset seizure

 

The United Kingdom has joined the US to threaten visa ban against masterminds of election violence in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.

The British High Commission which outlined the different actions it will take against electoral violence sponsors also threatened them with seizure of their assets.

According to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing, some of the actions to be taken against such people include restrictions on their eligibility to travel to the UK, restrictions on access to UK-based assets, or prosecution under international law just as it did after the 2019 elections.

Laing also said she has held meetings with the leaders of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party on the Saturday governorship election in Edo State.

It is expected that the British commission will deploy observation missions to both Edo and Ondo polls while supporting civil society-led observation.

The statement read in parts;

“The UK takes a strong stand against election-related violence and just as we did in the general election in 2019, we will continue to take action against individuals we identify as being responsible for violence during elections.

“This could include restrictions on their eligibility to travel to the UK, restrictions on access to UK-based assets or prosecution under international law.”

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