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Visa Ban : Our Policy Consistent With Yours – UK Replies FG

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…says it is our right to determine who enters our country
…your response on visa ban surprised us
The United Kingdom, has said it was taken aback by the recent response of the Federal Government that it would consider disrespectful of the sovereignty of Nigeria, for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of its citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction, unilaterally.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, who spoke during an orientation programme for people with disability seeking Chevening scholarship opportunities in the United Kingdom, said the United Kingdom absolutely respect the sovereignty of the Nigerian Government and it welcomed the fact that the Nigerian Government were following up on any violence.
Laing further said the issue of visa restriction on perpetrators of electoral violence was the United Kingdom’s visa policy, adding that the Government of the United Kingdom can determine who travels to the country.
“It is our visa policy, the UK, and we can determine who comes to the UK. So, that is a non sovereign right.
“And all we are saying is that in line with Nigerian policy, that those who commit violence or who incite violence, there may be an implication for that person when they apply for a visa in the UK.
“So, I think it is actually completely consistent with the Nigerian policy. This is our visa policy, but obviously, it is for Nigeria to determine how they deal with these perpetrators in Nigeria,” Laing said.
Recall that the United Kingdom had barely a day after the United States imposed visa restrictions on election offenders in the November, 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa States elections, said it will impose visa restrictions on those involved in violence during the last Saturday Edo governorship election and the October 10, 2020 Ondo State gubernatorial election.
Following the threat, the Federal Government, in a statement by the Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, said it took note of the concerns of some of its partners, specifically the United States and the United Kingdom governments regarding the elections in Edo and Ondo States.
The Government also noted that both the United States and the United Kingdom expressed intention to take punitive measures against those they decide will be involved in what you termed as ‘undermining democracy.’
The Government further said there were ample provisions in its laws to sanction violators and perpetrators of electoral violence and fraud, adding that it would be considered disrespectful of the sovereignty of Nigeria for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of its citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction, unilaterally.
Asked if the United Kingdom will heed the Nigerian Government’s response and drop such plans of imposing visa ban on the individuals, Laing further said she was surprised with the response of the government.
Laing recalled that prior to the 2019 general election, the Nigerian Government welcomed its policy, adding that maybe the government probably assumed that its policy applied to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) only.
“I am surprised in the way they said this because before the last election, they welcomed our policy. Of course, they probably assumed it applied to PDP individuals.
“This is not about which party is. It can be from any political party or indeed, just an ordinary individual who is not a member of a party.
“So, it has nothing to do with party politics and I will hope the Nigerian Government will see us as supporting them. All we intend was just a peaceful elections,” Laing also said.
On the award of Chevening scholarship to Nigerians, Laing disclosed that many Nigerians had benefited over the years, putting the numbers in thousands.
“Because the programme has been running for a long time and in this year, we are sending 49,” Laing stated.

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‘Buhari Is Not Nigeria’s Problem’ – Zahra Buhari Shares Post

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COVID19 Palliatives: Zahra Buhari reshares a post stating that President Buhari is not Nigeria’s problem
In the last few days, Nigerians have discovered various warehouses where the COVID19 palliatives donated by CACOVID were stored and went ahead to loot them.
The palliatives comprising of food items were stored in the warehouses and were supposed to be distributed to the less privileged Nigerians.
Nigerians took to social media to blast the various state governments for keeping the items when they were supposed to have immediately distributed them.
Filmmaker, Masurah Isah, shared a post on her Instagram page where she pointed out that the discovery of the palliatives shows that the President is not the problem of Nigeria.
Zahra Buhari-Indimi who is President Buhari’s daughter seems to be in agreement with Mansurah’s post and so she reposted it on her Instagram story.

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Taraba Government Declares 32- Hour Curfew On Jalingo

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Following certain bad happenings in the state and around the country, the government has decided to impose a curfew on Jalingo, the state capital to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
This was disclosed in a broadcast by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu on the 24th October 2020.
The government stated that the curfew will run from 11 pm on Saturday 24th October 2020 to 8 am on Monday 26th October 2020 as the government will thereafter review the situation.
Part of his speech reads thus;
“At about 5 pm in the evening of today, Saturday, the 24th day of October 2020, vandals forced their way into government warehouses and looted essential commodities meant for distribution as palliatives in the state.
“Similarly, troublemakers are continuing to lay siege on the streets of the state capital which informed the government’s decision to impose the curfew to stop the situation from degenerating into mayhem.
“As a responsible government, this step has become necessary to protect lives and properties of our dear people.
“The security agencies have been directed to be extra vigilant and stop trouble makers from seizing the opportunity to cause further destructions.
“This, they must do within the confines of the law and by protecting the human rights of our people.
“Let me specifically appeal to our teeming youths to be law-abiding so that their disposition can help government tame the hoodlums perpetuating this breach of public
peace.”
He calls on all law-abiding citizens to remain calm and not panic as their security is guaranteed.

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Tinubu denies traveling to France, alleged abduction of son

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National leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, yesterday, dismissed reports that he travelled to France in the wake of the shooting of protesters by suspected soldiers in Lekki, Lagos.

He also described reports that his son, Seyi Tinubu, was kidnapped in London as fake news.

A day after the shooting of peaceful protesters, the former Lagos State governor was reported to have travelled to France.

On the heels of that, were reports that his son was also kidnapped in London. Both misleading reports were largely reported on social media while the mainstream media avoided them.

Speaking with newsmen during a visit to Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu, who was accompanied by his son, said he is standing with people in this period of crisis.

He further commiserated with the state governor over the civil unrest and destruction of lives and property in Lagos, especially the Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

The APC chieftain, who condemned the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate, berated youths for what he described as the failure to observe the curfew order of the state government. He added that those who sustained gunshot injuries should be questioned.

Tinubu, therefore, appealed to the youths to give peace a chance and desist from vandalising private and public infrastructure across the state.

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