UK threatens sanctions against violence sponsors

By Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation

The United Kingdom Tuesday said it will deploy observers to Edo and Ondo states to monitor governorship elections.

It also said it will take action against sponsors of violence, including travel ban to the United Kingdom.

But it said the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has met with the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The decisions of the UK Government were contained in a statement in Abuja by the High Commission to Nigeria.

The statement said: “As a friend and partner of Nigeria we are closely following the lead up to the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively.

“These elections are important, both as an essential element of effective governance within both states and an indicator of the strength of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.

“Our High…

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