Nigerian general dismisses bloody Lagos protest videos as fake

Cheryl Sanders
November 24, 2020

"Nima Elbagir, who presented the report and most probably led the investigation, is conversant with the Minister of Information and Culture, who is also the spokesman for the Federal Government of Nigeria, yet did not say that she even tried to reach the minister", the letter added.

The UK government, however, emphasised that "We were concerned by violence during recent protests and await the outcome of Nigerian investigations into reports of police brutality".

The reply, signed by Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, was obtained from the official website of the parliament - Petition: Implement sanctions against the Nigerian Government and officials.

The petition suggested that the UK Government "should consider using the sanctions regime to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian Government and police force involved in any human rights abuse".


On the issue of sanctions, the UK Government responded saying that, "On 6 July, the Government established the Global Human Rights sanctions regime by laying regulations in Parliament under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018".

She informed that the minister had spoken to Nigeria's Foreign Affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu and the president's chief of staff, Ibrahim Gambari, between October 21 and November 11 - asking the Nigerian authorities to restore peace to troubled areas.

The parliament concluded that "future sanctions could reduce the impact of the designations".

Soldiers sent to break up a protest against Nigeria's special anti-robbery squad police unit, known as SARS, last month where at least 10 people were killed were given live bullets, the army has admitted. It gives the United Kingdom a powerful tool to hold to account perpetrators of human rights violations or abuses and is considered one of the most important global policies made since the Conservatives returned to power. The Minister for Africa tweeted on 29 October stressing the importance of the police and military's cooperation with the panels.


"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". The admission is being seen as a confirmation to a key finding of a CNN investigation into the shooting incident.

"We will continue to consider potential designations under the Global Human Rights sanctions regime".

"The UK Government will keep all evidence and potential listings under close review".

"We are aware that some protesters have reported facing intimidation and the British High Commissioner in Abuja continues to raise our concerns about intimidation of civil society groups and peaceful protesters with the Nigerian government."

The parliament asked the British government to look at the possibility of imposing new sanctions that allow individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted.


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