The UK Authorities has mentioned it’s stunned by the federal authorities’s stance, that it might think about disrespectful to Nigeria’s sovereignty, for any outdoors authority to sit down in judgment over the conduct of its residents and apply punitive measures similar to visa restriction, unilaterally.
The British Excessive Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, acknowledged this whereas talking at an orientation programme for individuals with incapacity in search of Chevening scholarship alternatives in the UK.
Laing made it clear the problem of visa restriction on perpetrators of electoral violence was the UK’s visa coverage and so they decide who travels to the nation.
“It’s our visa coverage, the UK, and we are able to decide who involves the UK. So, that may be a non-sovereign proper.
“And all we’re saying is that in step with Nigerian coverage, that those that commit violence or who incite violence, there could also be an implication for that individual once they apply for a visa within the UK.
“So, I feel it’s really fully in line with the Nigerian coverage. That is our visa coverage, however clearly, it’s for Nigeria to find out how they take care of these perpetrators in Nigeria,” Laing mentioned.
The United Kingdom has threatened to ban politicians who resort to electoral violence, forward of the Ondo and Edo governorship elections.