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UK joins US, to place visa ban, freeze assets of Edo, Ondo election offenders

Valentine Chinyem

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The United Kingdom threatens to place visa ban and restrict access to assets of individuals who mastermind violence during the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.

According to the statement which was published by the British High Commission in Nigeria, and shared on its Twitter handle on Tuesday, the sanction could 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.

Recall that the United States also placed similar ban on politicians who masterminded violence and rigging of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said she has held meetings with the leaders of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party over Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.

She said the meeting was necessary to ensure a violence free election, urging both parties to prevail on their supporters to adhere to the signed agreement.

Also, the commission would be deploying observers to both Edo and Ondo polls while supporting civil society-led observation, the statement noted.

The statement read, “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.”