The British government on Tuesday threatened to impose a visa ban and asset seizure on individuals who mastermind violence during the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.
The British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Catriona Laing, disclosed this in a statement on the High Commission’s Twitter handle.
She said the move was aimed at ensuring hitch-free elections in the two states.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will hold governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States on September 19 and October 10 respectively.
The high commissioner also disclosed that she had met with the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the Edo election.
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.”
The United States on Monday imposed a visa restriction on perpetrators of election fraud in last year’s governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.