Apprehension As 81 Dons Write Biden, Search Journey Ban For Culpable Officers


Scene of the Lekki capturing

In accordance with The PUNCH, a minimum of eighty-one professors of African Research, each Nigerians and non-Nigerians, have written a letter to the USA President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The dons wrote the letter in search of sanctions, together with journey ban, for these chargeable for the capturing of unarmed protesters on the Lekki tollgate space of Lagos on October 20.

Of their letter dated November 13, 2020, the dons urged particular coverage actions in response to the #EndSARS motion in Nigeria from the incoming Biden/Harris administration.

The dons particularly wrote to the Biden-Harris Transition Group, chaired by Ted Kaufman, and co-chaired by Anita Dunn, Cedric Richmond, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Jeffrey Zients.

The professors who signed the letter embrace Carl LeVan, American College; Chiedo Nwankwor, Johns Hopkins-SAIS; Patrick Ukata, Halsik Group; Rita “Kiki” Edozie, College of Massachusetts – Boston; and Olufemi Vaughan, Amherst Faculty.

Others are John Campbell, Council on Overseas Relations; Steve Feldstein, Carnegie Endowment for Worldwide Peace; Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Brooklyn Faculty – CUNY; Onwubiko Agozino, Virginia Tech; Matthias Chika Mordi, Johns Hopkins – SAIS; Brandon Kendhammer, Ohio College; Omolade Adunbi, College of Michigan – Ann Arbor; and Shobana Shankhar, Stony Brook, SUNY.

The letter learn partly, “We, subsequently, urge the USA to: Use the authority granted below the World Magnitsky Act to put focused sanctions, together with asset freezes and journey bans, on politicians, officers and different Nigerians implicated in latest human rights abuses. These incidents ought to embrace however not be restricted to the ‘Lekki Toll Gate Bloodbath’, numerous assaults on protestors since October 8, and different abuses of Nigerians engaged in peaceable free speech actions.

The students additionally sought the suspension of safety help and army gross sales to the Nigeria Police Drive and safety forces implicated in or broadly culpable for violence utilised towards #EndSARS protesters “till the Buhari administration totally complies with related legal guidelines and insurance policies to make sure accountability for human rights violations.”

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