#EndSARS Protests: The UK Moot Sanctions Against Nigeria

The British Parliament has fixed November 23 to debate on possible sanctions against the Buhari administration over its handling of the historic #EndSARS protests last month.

The parliamentarians will consider a petition from hundreds of thousands of Nigerians that asked them to look into the killings and gross violations of human rights abuses by security forces and other officials. The petitions were filed online last month.

While various panel to look into the protests are ongoing in some states, and even as bank accounts of major actor in the protest are been frozen, president Buhari has yet to hold any of his military or political appointees to account since the killing of protesters by Nigerian soldiers on October 20.

The administration has also targeted hundreds of citizens who took part in the protests for arrest, intimidation and travel restrictions. Both the military and civilian authorities have maintained no wrongdoing in the attacks.

It was unclear whether the British lawmakers would recommend sanctions after debating the petitions, or if the government would implement them considering Nigeria’s long-standing ties with the UK.