EndSARS protests: UK parliament to debate on whether to sanction Nigerian govt officials

EndSARS protests: UK parliament to debate on whether to sanction Nigerian govt officials

- The alleged shooting of some #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria has gained the attention of the UK parliament

- This follows the petition by some Nigerians who asked the parliament to sanction individual government officials involved in any human rights abuse during the protest

- Responding to the petition, the UK parliament said it will debate the possibility of applying sanctions on Monday, November 23

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Following the alleged shooting of some peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lagos, the United Kingdom (UK) parliament has announced that it will debate on whether or not to sanction some Nigerian government officials allegedly indicted.

According to a report by Daily Sun, the UK parliament said it has set aside Monday, November 23, as the day to hold the debate on individual sanctions.

The newspaper said this was contained in an email sent to it by one of the Nigerians who signed a petition asking the UK government to sanction those responsible for the alleged killing of unarmed EndSARS protesters.

Finally, UK government replies to #EndSARS petitions from Nigerians seeking sanction for top officials
EndSARS: UK parliament to debate on whether to sanction Nigerian govt officials

UK parliament to debate on whether to sanction Nigerian govt officials over #EndSARS protests. Photo credit: www.parliament.uk
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The email read:

“Parliament is going to debate the petition you signed: “Implement sanctions against the Nigerian government and officials’. The debate is scheduled for 23 November 2020. Once the debate has happened, we’ll email you a video and transcript."

Findings by Legit.ng also confirm that the UK Parliament is set to debate the sanctions on November 23.

Daily Sun notes that the debate on whether or not sanctions should be imposed on Nigerian government officials will depend on the conditions stipulated in the UK Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020.

The sanctions under the regulations reportedly target individuals and organisations, not nations.

The debate, avvording to the parliament will available live online on the UK Parliament YouTube channel.

#EndSARS: How the petition to sanction some government officials was signed

As the #EndSARS protest turned violent with reports of some protesters shot by security agents, some Nigerians petitioned the UK Parliament via its online petition platform to implement sanctions against the Nigerian government and officials.

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The petition at the time of this report has garnered 219,984 signatures.

The UK Parliament's earlier reaction

Before announcing the date of the debate, the UK parliament had earlier said it was concerned about the security of Nigerians and the wanton destruction that later marred the protest in Lagos and other states.

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The parliament also stated that it will wait for the conclusion of the investigation instituted by the Nigerian government into the numerous cases of police brutality.

It, however, stated that it would not talk publicly or speculate on "future sanctions designations."

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