The United Kingdom has warned against violence during Saturday’s governorship and state House of Assembly polls, saying perpetrators of violence could face UK visa ban.
The British High Commission said this on Wednesday in a statement by the commission’s Senior Communications Officer, Tinuoluwa Adelegan.
The UK expressed concern over reports of violence in some states during the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.
The statement reads,
“We condemn all acts of violence and call for those responsible to be brought to justice. We call on all actors, including political parties and security personnel, to work together to provide a peaceful environment for Nigerians to vote on March 9.
“We remind all actors that anyone involved in violence or inciting violence, including on social media, could face restrictions on their ability to travel to the UK.”
The commission expressed hope that the logistical issues which plagued the February 23 elections had been identified and addressed.
It, however, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission and youth corps members for the roles they played in the conduct of the polls.
The statement said, “We hope that they will be given every support and protection necessary to ensure the smooth and peaceful delivery of elections free from fear of intimidation or interference in the electoral process.”
The UK emphasised that it would again deploy observers during Saturday’s polls “as part of our efforts to support Nigerian democracy”.