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UK Parliament Investigating Govenment Funding For SARS

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The United Kingdom parliament is questioning its government support and funding for security in Nigeria over cases of torture, ill-treatment and extrajudicial killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Kate Osamor, Member of Parliament for Edmonton has written to question and seek clarification on the nature of aid the government of UK through the office of the Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs extended to Nigeria’s disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The letter written on October 15 and personally signed by Osamor called the attention of the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Mr. Dominic Raab to the nationwide protests in Nigeria in the past seven days against the excesses of SARS.

She warned that further assistance be withheld and also called for an audit of what the previous aids were used for so that the UK government agency would not be unintentionally supporting or facilitating the actions of an agency notorious for human rights violations.

Osamor’s letter stated that “there have been 82 proven and documented incidents of torture, ill-treatment, extrajudicial executions and gross human rights abuses against SARS since January 2017” and cautioned it would be “unthinkable that UK agency gives support to such body unless for training on proper conduct that respects human rights”.

The letter reads: “I am writing as a member of the International Development and Select Committee and Chair of the Nigeria APPG to ask for some clarification regarding the Conflict Stability and Security Fund project in Nigeria which is aimed at ‘increasing the capacity of the Nigeria kidnap units to deliver anti-kidnap and kidnap response capacity.”

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