The United Kingdom has revealed it is working on a list of individuals who will face visa bans due to their involvement in electoral violence during Nigeria’s recent general elections. The Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, confirmed that the mission has identified five to ten individuals, with more names to be added. However, he stated that the names of those on the list would not be made public.
Last week, the British High Commission announced that the UK Minister of State for Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchell MP, was ready to take action against individuals involved in or inciting electoral violence. The commission stated that the UK was in the process of collecting names of offenders and would impose sanctions, including visa restrictions or implementing sanctions under the UK’s human rights sanctions regime.
Llewellyn-Jones, speaking on Nigerian Info, a current affairs program, said the UK closely monitored the elections, with staff on the ground in key locations. He expressed concern about the controversial statements attributed to Femi Fani-Kayode, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, and the party’s lack of distancing from his comments.
Llewellyn-Jones also criticized the divisive politics witnessed during the Lagos election. In response, Fani-Kayode took to Twitter, advising the British envoy to stay out of Nigeria’s internal affairs and accusing him of supporting a specific candidate in the presidential election.