Richard Ginika Izuora
Members of the British Parliament are reportedly set to debate a petition relating to sanctions against Nigeria in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.
The debate will likely be held on the floor of Parliament on Monday, November 23.
The debate, which will commence from 6pm, will be led by Petitions Committee member, Theresa Villiers MP. Meanwhile, Members of Parliament from all parties can take part in the debate.
Also, a Minister from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will respond on behalf of the Government.
The petition, which has more than 219,000 signatures, seeks the imposition of sanctions on members of the Nigerian government over human rights abuses.
It reads: “The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police.”
In response to the petition, the Government said it will await the outcome of investigations in Nigeria as it expressed it concerns over reports of violence during the #EndSARS protests.
“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.”