UK threatens visa ban, seizure of overseas assets of offenders in Nigerian politics
The United Kingdom has threatened to ban anyone guilty of electoral violence ahead of the Ondo and Edo governorship elections which come up on September 19 and October 10 respectively.
This is coming barely 24 hours after the United States government imposed visa ban on election riggers during Kogi and Bayelsa states elections.
In a statement yesterday, the UK embassy in Nigeria also threatened to seize overseas assets of such persons, adding that it would send observers for the upcoming elections in the two states. The statement read:
“As a friend and partner of Nigeria we are closely following the lead up to the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively.
“These elections are important, both as an essential element of effective governance within both states and an indicator of the strength of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.
“We will be deploying observation missions to both the Edo and Ondo elections and supporting civil society led observation.
“The UK takes a strong stand against election-related violence and, just as we did in the general election in 2019, will continue to take action against individuals we identify as being responsible for violence during the 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.