Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi
HighlightPolitics

Electoral crimes: UK visa ban threats all noise, ineffective- Prof. Akinyemi

202

A former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has said the United Kingdom’s threat to impose visa ban and other sanctions against politicians who engaged in electoral fraud and anti-democratic acts in the 2023 general elections is just “noise”.

According to the professor, the visa ban threat is ineffective as nobody has ever been sanctioned for breaking electoral laws in Nigeria.

Akinyemi, who stated this while featuring as a guest on Arise Television’s “The Morning Show”, on Friday monitored by Persecondnews, noted that those who are involved in these electoral crimes are those “who have fat bank accounts” abroad.

According to the former minister, they are more interested in keeping those bank accounts than applying these sanctions.

Perseondnews recalls that the United Kingdom had earlier announced that they were compiling a list of those who were involved in the electoral malpractice and violence that took place during the general elections.

The UK added that when the list is completed, they will be implementing a visa ban on the people who are found guilty.

Akinyemi said: “The truth is that anytime we have an election, both the United States and the great Britain raise these prospects of sanctions against those whom they suspect are guilty of malfeasance in seeking to sabotage the democratic process, but then nothing ever happens.

“I cannot remember any person who has been sanctioned with visa denial. They never really apply these sanctions. The reason is because those who they probably know are behind the attempt at derailing the democratic process are those who have fat bank accounts in their countries.

“They are more interested in keeping those bank accounts than applying the sections.

“The ordinary foot soldiers who we all saw carrying guns, cutlass, big sticks etc. on television don’t apply for visas. They don’t go anywhere because they don’t have the money to go anywhere. That is why I think this is all noise.”

Akinyemi, however, noted that the International Criminal Court (ICC) can prosecute the people involved if presented with sufficient evidence to establish cases against them.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Federal court insists it has jurisdiction to hear deposed Emir Bayero’s rights violation suit

The Federal High Court in Kano has affirmed its jurisdiction to hear...

Messi to miss Olympics but leaves door open for 2026 World Cup

Eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has disclosed that he will not...

Just in: Supreme Court reserves judgment in FG’s suit seeking full local govt. autonomy

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the Federal Government’s suit against...

FG warns of massive layoffs as labor disagrees on N62,000 minimum wage

The Federal Government has asked organized labor to take into account the...

CNG now available for purchase for cars, trucks, says Soneye

Barely a month after deploying Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) delivery installations in...

Soludo cautions Pres. Tinubu against unsustainable minimum wage

The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has cautioned President Bola Tinubu...

Democracy Day: I didn’t fall, I prostrated for our country attaining Silver Jubilee—Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has downplayed the momentary slip during the presidential parade...

Power supply: Ogun set to acquire abandoned River Basin Development Authority’s hydro power plant

Ogun Gov. Dapo Abiodun has expressed interest in acquiring the abandoned hydro...

June 12: Ogun Gov. Abiodun pays homage to Abiola’s family, urges national perseverance

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has urged Nigerians to remain committed...

Democracy Day: Give Nigerian workers living wage, group urges Tinubu

As Nigerians commemorate 25 years of unbroken democracy, a socio-political group, the...

Presidential aide shrugs off Tinubu’s slip at Eagles Square as minor mishap

President Bola Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Social Media, Mr. Dada Olusegun, has...

Pres. Tinubu lauds, acknowledges Nigerian media’s contributions to democracy

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has acknowledged the significant contributions of the media...

Democracy Day: Tinubu promises swift action on minimum wage legislation, hails heroes, heroines of June 12

…pays glowing tributes to MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, Yar’Adua, Rewane, and other...

Democracy Day: Pres.Tinubu to address Nigerians on Wednesday

President Bola Tinubu will deliver a special Democracy Day address to the...

Nigeria’s 25 years of democracy: Ex. Pres. Jonathan calls for inclusive democracy, national unity

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to adopt democratic practices that...

Court didn’t declare Amaewhule, 26 defected assemblymen PDP members, Rivers AG clarifies

The Rivers State Government has clarified that the State High Court did...

Just in: FG declares June 12 public holiday to commemorate Democracy Day

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, June 12, a national holiday to...

Updated: Malawi VP’s plane found with no survivors, presidency says

The wreck of a plane carrying Malawi’s Vice-President has been found with...

Military aircraft with Malawi Vice President and nine others onboard goes missing

A military plane carrying Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine other...

Tinubu dismisses Arase, appoints Argungu as new Police Service Commission Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has sacked a former Inspector General of Police, Solomon...