A petition asking the United Kingdom to sanction the members of the Nigerian government and police force for human rights abuses over the # EndSARS movement has been signed by 83 , 719 individuals .
This was as of 12 .51 am on Wednesday when our correspondent visited the petition page .
The petition, which was created by one Silas Ojo , seeks to generate 100 , 000 signatures.
“ At 100 , 000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament , ” a note beneath the petition with a deadline of April 20 , 2021 read .
The petition on the UK government and parliament website read , “ There have been deeply concerning reports of a Nigerian police force unit (SARS ) engaging in illegal activities and human rights abuses, and there have also been reports of police firing at protestors calling for SARS to be disbanded .
“ Implement sanctions against the Nigerian Government and officials .
The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted , to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police .
“ Deploying sanctions would provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights.”