The United Kingdom has threatened to ban politicians who resort to electoral violence, ahead of the Ondo and Edo governorship elections.
In a statement posted on Twitter by the UK embassy in Nigeria on Tuesday, the British government warned that it would seize the assets of such persons. It says it would be sending observers to monitor the conduct of the polls in the two states.
The statement expressed the UK’s strong stand against election-related violence. It said the country will continue to take action against individuals who are responsible for violence during the elections.
The statement says the sanctions could include restrictions on the eligibility of those persons to travel to the UK, and their UK-based assets could also be frozen. They could also face prosecution under international law.
The UK government says its high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing has met with political party leaders and has called for a hitch-free election.
This warning was issued just one day after the United States placed some Nigerians on visa ban for allegedly compromising recent governorship elections.
Lagos PDP Endorses Makinde As South-West Leader
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has endorsed Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, as the south west leader of the party.
This endorsement was stamped by the Lagos deputy chairperson of the party, Waliu Hassan who says Makinde has worked diligently in the interest of the party.
But Ekiti former governor, Ayo Fayose, has always called governor Makinde a baby politician, not yet ripe for that huge role.
FG Shuts NIMC Headquarters
The federal government has ordered an immediate closure of the headquarters of the national identity management commission in Abuja.
Minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, who gave the order, also directed the national identity management commission, NIMC, to open 20 locations in the FCT.
NIMC spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, announced 20 centres were reactivated within the FCT to ease the enrolment process.
The federal government also says the deadlines for the registration of all subscriber identification modules with valid national identity numbers were still in force.
Imo, Kaduna Postpone Schools Resumption
Despite the federal government’s directive on school reopening, Imo State government has postponed by one week, resumption of schools in the state because of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
State commissioner for education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, says the postponement became necessary to curb a further spread of the rising cases in some urban areas of Owerri west and north.
Ikegwuoha says the government has a team of personnel that would ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocol when schools reopen in the state.
Elsewhere, in Kaduna State, the government has closed public and private schools till further notice.
Permanent secretary, ministry of education, Phoebe Yayi disclosed in a statement on Monday, that only Kaduna polytechnic and the national open university were exempted because of their examination timetable.
Yayi said no definite date has been set for schools to reopen.