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UK Parliament Deliberates on Appropriate Sanctions Against Nigerian Leaders Handling Of #ENDSARS

Valentine Chinyem

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British Parliament yesterday debated appropriate sanctions against Nigerian leaders over the handling of the #EndSARS protests.

The meetin which was led by a former senior minister and Member of Parliament from the ruling Conservative Party, Theresa Villiers, at the Westminster Hall in London, it was discussed that appropriate sanctions will be taken against individuals who directly played a role that caused violence against Nigerian protesters during the #EndSARS protests.

The statement which was shared on the Parliament website, revealed that the debate will begin at 6pm GMT (7pm Nigerian time) and end at 7:30pm GMT (8:30 Nigerian time) and also streamed live on the Parliament YouTube channel.

“There have been deeply concerning reports of a Nigerian police force unit (SARS) engaging in illegal activities and human rights abuses, and there have also been reports of police firing at protestors calling for SARS to be disbanded,” it says.

“The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police.

“Deploying sanctions would provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights.”