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Nigerian politicians who Incite violence in February elections could be banned from entering the UK

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Incite violence, get visa ban, forfeit assets, Britain warns Nigerian politicians.

United Kingdom on Wednesday gave its warning to Nigerian politicians against violence during the February 16, presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the March 2, governorship and states houses of assembly polls.

The British high commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing, has warned that Nigerian politicians who incite or execute violence during the Saturday, February 16 elections, would have their visas banned and assets in the UK seized and they could experience a worst case scenario of prosecution.

Laing gave the warning at a press briefing on Wednesday, February 13, in Abuja to unveil the Election Situation Room of the Civil Society Situation Room set up by a coalition of civil society organisations to monitor the polls in Abuja,

She said “We will apply this absolutely across board not directed to any particular party; so, we are monitoring and looking out for hate speech.

“Our two worries are on security not just on the role the police will play to ensure peace but about the role individuals play by getting angry or militias being paid to disrupt elections.

“Then, another worry is fake news, that is why we rely on CSOs and we will work with them to get information.’’

At the event, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington said, “The time has come for this outside world that cares so much about Nigeria to listen to the people of Nigeria and to see what each of them do and then forward the results to lift Nigeria up.”

The UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, appreciated the CSOs for the inauguration of the situation room.

He said it was a good work towards the elections and showed that the groups were prepared for the elections and ready to monitor the voting process.

We wish Nigeria a peaceful, free and fair election. God bless Nigeria.

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