Thursday May 06, 2021 6:58 PM

EndSARS: PDP lauds resolution of British Parliament to sanction Nigeria, urges US, others to act

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given kudos to the British Parliament as it is debating to slam sanctions against Nigeria on the alleged Lekki Killings and the way it handled  EndSARS protests generally.

It will be recalled that the lawmakers debated on the matter last week; and frowned against Nigerian officials, accusing them of gross violation of human rights.

Speaking on the development, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan lauded British lawmakers, and calling on other countries to follow the same path.

It also raised alarm that lots of violation of human rights are taking place under the government of President Mohammadu Buhari.

The statement said: “Our party also urges the British Government to extend the proposed sanctions to include the freezing of assets and funds belonging to such officials and their families in the United Kingdom.

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

“Such sanctions should also be imposed on officials indicted for undermining our democracy and electoral system.

“The international community must call out President Buhari, as the buck stops on his table, as the Commander-In Chief under whose watch, human rights violations including arbitrary arrests and detention in dehumanising facilities, widespread extra judicial killings, sudden disappearances of dissenting voices, disregard to rule of law, disobedience to court orders and foisting of siege mentality on the citizenry, have become the order of the day.

“Indeed, the manifest use of brute force, including the deployment of the military with live ammunition, in addition to recruiting of armed thugs to attack and kill innocent Nigerian youths, who were in peaceful demonstration against widespread police brutality and other systemic injustices, underscores the horrible situation in Nigeria under President Buhari as detailed in earlier reports by Amnesty International and US Department of State among other international bodies”.

It also expressed sadness that up till now, the mystery sorrounding the shooting of the unharmed protesters at Lekki Toll Gate has not been unraveled.

“Is it not equally frightening that government has also failed to explain how armed thugs were seen being brought in security vans to unleash violence on demonstrators in Abuja and other parts of our country?

“Rather than providing answers to these troubling questions, the Federal Government is desperate to gag Nigerians, muzzle the press, shut down the social media and even threatening the international media including CNN for carrying out an investigative report on the Lekki killings, while its officials continue to make contradicting claims on the matter

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