The petition on the UK government and parliament website accusing the Nig government and the police for violating the rights of Nigeria citizens and the right of agitators protesting against police brutality. It asked the UK to implement sanctions that deploy sanctions that would “provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights”
It added that parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate which that of Endsares did.
UK parliament has described as intensifying the “Nigerian government violence against its citizens” – Deliberating on the petition by the EndSARS protesters seeking sanctions on some officials, the parliament described FG’s conduct as “undemocratic” – Nigerian senior minister, Lai Mohammed, was also slammed for describing as fake news the CNN report on the Lekki shooting.
Members of the UK parliament on Monday, November 23, held a debate on the petition to the United Kingdom government seeking a sanction on some Nigerian government officials by the EndSARS protesters over gross human right abuse.
During a sitting at the Westminster Hall, the lawmakers took a turn to slam the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for the poor handling of the protest. The debate for the petition tagged ‘e-petition 554150′ was led by Theresa Villiers, a member of the British Conservative Party.
Parliamentarians who spoke raised eyebrows against the defence of the federal government that there was no shooting at the Lekki toll gate.
While describing the “Nigerian government’s violence against its own citizens” intensifying, Kate Osamor, a member who is representing Edmonton, said the corruption and police brutality still continue.
Osamor also described as “undemocratic conduct” the claim by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed that the killing and shooting at Lekki, as contained in a CNN report, is fake news.
UK parliament tells FG to stop freezing bank accounts of key protesters. Credit: Nigerian Tribune. Source: UGC “The Nigerian government needs to stop freezing bank accounts of key protesters; it needs to stop illegal detentions of key protesters.
“We are aware that some protesters have reported facing intimidation and the British High Commissioner in Abuja continues to raise our concerns about intimidation of civil society groups and peaceful protesters with the Nigerian government.
” The UK parliament said it would continue to communicate with the governor of Lagos state, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, and a top member of the Nigerian presidency.
The UK government said it welcomed “President Buhari’s decision to disband the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and the establishment of judicial panels of inquiry to investigate alleged incidents of brutality by the security services.
They must investigate all incidents, including in Lagos, fully. The Minister for Africa tweeted on 29 October stressing the importance of the police and military’s cooperation with the panels. He raised this, and the need for the panels to urgently start investigations, when he spoke to the Governor of Lagos on 11 November.
“The UK Government will continue to work with the Nigerian Government and international and civil society partners to support justice, accountability and a more responsive policing model in Nigeria. We will continue to push for the Nigerian security services to uphold human rights and the rule of law, investigate all incidents of brutality, illegal detentions and use of excessive force, and hold those responsible to account.”
On the issue of sanctions, the UK Government responded saying that, “On 6 July, the Government established the Global Human Rights sanctions regime by laying regulations in Parliament under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.
In a statement to Parliament, the Foreign Secretary set out in full the scope of the UK’s new Global Human Rights sanctions regime. He announced the first tranche of designations, as well as the Government’s approach to future designations.
“This sanctions regime will give the UK a powerful new tool to hold to account those involved in serious human rights violations or abuses.
The sanctions regime is not intended to target individual countries. It will allow for sanctions to be imposed on individuals and entities involved in serious human rights violations or abuses around the world.
“We will continue to consider potential designations under the Global Human Rights sanctions regime. It is a longstanding practice not to speculate on future sanctions designations as to do so could reduce the impact of the designations.
“The UK Government will keep all evidence and potential listings under close review.”
The UK government, however, emphasised that “We were concerned by violence during recent protests and await the outcome of Nigerian investigations into reports of police brutality. We do not publicly speculate on future sanctions designations.”