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It is Our Visa policy, we determine those who visit our country - UK replies FG on visa ban to politicians

British high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing has responded to the federal government's statement on UK government's threat of visa restriction on perpetrators of electoral violence. 

Speaking at an orientation programme for people with disability seeking Chevening scholarship opportunities within the UK on Thursday September 24, Laing said the problem of visa restriction on perpetrators of electoral violence was her country's policy.

The high commissioner who expressed surprise with the federal government's reaction to the the visa restriction threat, stated that before the 2019 election the federal government welcomed its policy.

Laing said; 

It is our visa policy, the UK, and we can determine who visit the the united kingdom . So, that is a non-sovereign right. 

And all we are saying is that in line with the Nigerian policy, that those that commit violence or who incite violence, there is also an implication for that person when they apply for a visa to the united kingdom .


So, i feel it's actually completely according to the Nigerian policy.“

This is our visa policy, but obviously, it's for Nigeria to work out how they deal with these perpetrators in Nigeria.

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