#EndSARS: US Threatens To Halt Military Aid

#EndSARS: US Threatens To Halt Military Aid
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BY JOEL AJAYI, WITH AGENCY REPORT 

United States Government has threatened to stop rendering military assistance to Nigeria if the country is indicted in carrying out human rights abuses.

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It would be recalled that the Lagos State EndSARS panel had in a leaked report indicted the Nigerian Army, Police in the shooting of unarmed peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate.

In an interview with CNN, the US Secretary of States, Antony Blinken, urged the Federal and Lagos State governments to sanction those found to have violated human rights during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.

The US government yesterday warned that the Leahy law may be evoked to stop the sale of hardware to Nigeria under American rights ordinance that prohibits the US government from providing military assistance to foreign security force units that violate human rights.

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Blinken stated that while the US was waiting for the full report to be released by the Lagos State Government, “A couple of things are really important. As I said, the report itself, done by the state government, but then once it’s out, for there to actually be action on the basis of the report, action as necessary by the states, action by the Federal Government, and action in the sense of two things”.

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According to him “first, making sure that based on what is documented to have happened, it won’t happen again so there may be reforms that are necessary and building or rebuilding trust between the citizens and the security services, between citizens and the state. That is an obligation of both the state government and the Federal Government.

“Second is accountability. If there are individuals that as it emerges from this report who are responsible for committing abuses, there has to be accountability in terms of those individuals. That too is vital to rebuilding trust between citizens and the state and the security services.  “And, of course, we also have laws in place, the Leahy laws, for example, that make sure that if there are units that have committed abuses, we’re not going to provide equipment to those units”, he said.

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