#EndSARS: Nigerian govt reacts says they’re not panicking as UK threatens sanctions

On Monday, UK lawmakers debated over alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria and demanded sanctions for government officials and security agents.

Such sanctions could include visa ban, freezing of assets and stopping the funding and training for the Nigeria Police Force.

The debate was sequel to a petition started by Silas Ojo which garnered over 200,000 signatures.

Responding on behalf of the UK government, the MP for Aldridge-Brownhills, Wendy Morton, who is also the Minister at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, said the UK government was communicating with the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The deliberation on the petition was held at the Westminster Hall, and led by James Gray, MP North Wiltshire.

“The petitioners are asking for sanctions against named individuals within the Nigerian government and security forces”, said Theresa Villiers, MP Chipping Barnet, who introduced the debate.

“There is a recognition that generalised sanctions applied to the country as a whole might cause hardship to ordinary people not in any way responsible for the problems highlighted by the petition.“If the End SARS protesters secure the reform and improved governance they are demanding, Nigeria could become a formidable economic powerhouse”, Villiers added.