ICYMI: Nigeria In Talks With UK Over Proposed #EndSARS Unrest Sanctions

Prof Yemi Osinbajo OnoBello

The Nigerian government has once again reacted to news that the United Kingdom Parliament has resolved to impose sanctions on some its officials over their role in the “violent suppression” of the ‘EndSARS protests.

Recall that Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, had responded some days ago that the Federal Government isn’t worried about the sanctions. However, on Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has they’re in touch with officials of the British government to present its side of the #EndSARS story.

Onyeama told State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja that it was not within the purview of the legislators to impose restrictions but added that it was necessary to espouse Nigeria’s position for an informed decision.

He said: “The UK government has been briefed. There was a UK parliamentarian meeting and the UK government, which acts for the United Kingdom, has also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened.

It also urged the United Nations and other international bodies to “immediately list indicted officials of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government for the widespread crime against humanity going on in our country in the last five years.”

The party, in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, urged the UK government to extend the proposed sanctions to include “freezing of assets and funds belonging to such officials and their families in the United Kingdom.”

It added: “We also call on other countries, including United States, France, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa, to impose similar sanctions against indicted officials of the Buhari administration for human rights violations and crime against humanity.”

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