Edo and Ondo elections: Britain to impose sanctions on militants
Edo, Ondo by-elections: UK to impose sanctions on rioters
The British government has threatened to impose sanctions on insurgents in the upcoming Edo and Ondo state governorship elections.
The British Embassy in Nigeria, which said it was monitoring the situation ahead of the by-elections, said it would not hesitate to take action against the insurgents.
“Britain is not taking the political crisis lightly as it did in the 2019 general election, and will continue to take action against people we find involved in violence during elections.”This includes a ban on entry into the UK, a ban on the use of Britishassets and prosecution under international law,” the British embassy said in a statement.The announcement comes the day after the United States announced sanctions against those involved in the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa state elections and the upcoming two states.
The British Embassy says elections are important for good governance in the states and the strengthening of democracy in Nigeria.
She welcomed the peace agreement signed by the electoral parties, and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police and other agencies to ensure free and fair elections.”This will play an important role in the conduct of the forthcoming elections,” the statement said.