Kate Osamor, a UK Member of Parliament, has joined her colleagues to discuss possible sanctions against the Nigerian government following the shootings in Lekki Tollgate on 20 October.
Osamor, who criticized the UK-funded training for former officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) which he said continued despite the squad’s earlier allegations, also called for reconsideration of funding from some Nigerian security agencies. which he described as “corrupt”. ”.
He noted that the #EndSARS crisis was “woefully serious” and also called on the UK government to look beyond sanctions and pay more attention to how development funds are spent in Nigeria.
“Today, we must consider how the government responds both to the movement itself and to the violent actions of the Nigerian regime.
“We must also take this opportunity to look beyond sanctions and see how development funds are being spent in Nigeria.
Instead of funding corrupt security agencies and investing in projects that do not benefit ordinary Nigerians, we need a new focus on anti-corruption and poverty alleviation programs.
“At the same time that Amnesty International had stated that SARS units had been involved in extrajudicial executions, corruption and torture, the government was using the budget to train and equip those units.”