By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – In the aftermath of the nationwide #EndSARS protests, a British parliamentarian, Kate Osamor, has called for a review of Nigeria’s funding of some of its security agencies.
“Despite previously stating the opposite, the government has now admitted to funding the SARS unit in the last four years,” the member of parliament said on Monday evening during a debate on the #EndSARS protests. “That funding not only included the training to those units, but the supply of equipment.”
According to Osamor, the UK should not only concentrate on the imposition of sanctions on the Nigerian government for its alleged mishandling of the largely peaceful protests, but on how development funding is spent in Nigeria, adding that rather than funding corrupt security services and investing in projects which do not have direct impact on ordinary Nigerians, more focus should be shifted to poverty alleviation and anti-graft initiatives.
The British Parliament, following a debate on the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, had suggested the imposition of sanctions on the Nigerian Government by the British Government for its mishandling of the protests, which was initially peaceful until it turned violent resulting in killings and destruction of public and private property, after it was hijacked by some misdirected individuals.