#endSARS: UK responds to petitions calling for sanctions against Nigerian Govt

UK Government and Parliament, Thursday responded to the #ENDSARS petition by some Nigerians against the Federal government.

With about 219,702 signatures, the petition seeks to implement sanctions against the Nigerian Government and officials, over abuse of power by the operatives of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and the alleged shooting at protestors calling for SARS disbandment at lekki toll gate..

The UK was urged to implement sanctions that allow “individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted,” saying such would “provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights”.

Responding to the petition in a statement on Thursday, November 12, the United Kingdom Foreign Office said that while it was concerned by violence during the protests, it awaits the outcome of investigations by Nigerian authorities into reports of police brutality, noting that it would not publicly speculate on future sanctions designations

“The UK Government will keep all evidence and potential listings under close review.” the statement reads.

“The UK 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”.

“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,” the response read.

“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 longstanding practice not to speculate on future sanctions designations as to do so could reduce the impact of the designations,” the UK added.

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