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UK parliament debate sanctions on Nigerian officials over #EndSARS protest

The UK parliament has debated whether the government should impose sanctions on Nigerian officials involved in the alleged excessive use of force on peaceful protesters during last month’s EndSARS protest, the BBC reported.

The vote, which has no legal power, was the result of a petition brought before the parliament.

Over 220,000 people signed the petition according to the BBC

The UK MPs said sanctions against Nigeria could hurt the population but called for an independent investigation and urged the British government to target officials implicated in the shooting of demonstrators.

They also condemned the freezing of protest organisers’ bank accounts and stressed that the right to peaceful protest was a key component of democracy.

An MP who was speaking on behalf of the British minister for Africa welcomed Nigeria’s decision to investigate alleged rights violations and the disbandment of a notorious police unit – the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

But without committing to the idea of imposing sanctions, the MP said the UK would continue to press the Nigerian government to respect human rights.

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