Month: April 2018

NEWSLETTER FOR 9TH -13TH APRIL 2018

 

HELLO,
Welcome to another edition LEDAP Nigeria’s Weekly Newsletter which keeps you up to date on the latest Human Rights News and updates in the law, What we are up to and Upcoming Events.
9th – 13th April 2018

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
John F. Kennedy

NEWS   

Over 2000 Nigerians Killed In Farmers-Herdsmen Clashes Across Nigeria
A nongovernmental organization, the Coalition on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in Nigeria said over 2000 lives have been lost to violent activities and clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country. 
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The American Ordeal of the Boko Haram Schoolgirls

Having escaped to the U.S. after the 2014 mass kidnapping, a group of Nigerian students found themselves trapped all over again.  Read more

Oba Of Benin Urges Nigeria & EU Collaboration To Halt Human Trafficking & Illegal Migration
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has appealed to the Nigerian government to harness the numerous human and natural resources in the country for the benefit of its citizens. He made this appeal while receiving the European Union parliament subcommittee, on human rights at his palace, in Benin City, Edo State, South South Nigeria. Read more

NHRC Moves to Curb Abuses in IDPs’ Camps

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commenced training of human monitors to curb increasing abuses in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the North-EastRead more

EU Launches N4.3 Billion Projects Support in Niger Delta

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday inaugurated 956,000 euros (about N4.3 billion) projects in support of Person With Albinisms (PWAs), provision of water and sanitation management in the Niger Delta. Read more

Amnesty International Releases Death Penalty Facts and Figures for 2017
Amnesty International Death Penalty facts and figures 2017 revealed that in Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria imposed the highest number of death sentences and had the highest number of people under death sentence in the region at the end of the year. Read the full report here

Government still Failing Victims of Boko Haram Four years on from Chibok
“What happened in Chibok should have served as a wake-up call to the Nigerian government. Yet four years on, thousands more women and girls have been taken from their homes and forced to live in captivity, in events largely unnoticed and unreported by media.” – Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria on the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the abduction of 276 school girls in Chibok. Read more

 

Freedom Of Information Act Applicable To All State In Nigeria, Appeal Court Rules
Nigerian states have no powers to reject requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI), the Court of Appeal has ruled. In a March 27 decision at the Akure Division, the Court of Appeal ruled that the requests for information, especially around public expenditure, under the FoI, are made in public interest and should be honored by all states. Read more

NHRC Charges Law Enforcement Personnel On Implementation Of Anti-Torture ACT 2017

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has charged the law enforcement personnel and other stakeholders not to support any process that will encourage torture but rather promote the implementation of the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act 2017. Read more

 

Nigerian CSOs ask Buhari to Intervene in Crackdown on Civil Society Leaders in Niger Republic
Some civil society groups in Nigeria have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and end alleged harassment of civil society leaders in Niger Republic.
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AGF Highlights ‘Formidable Challenges’ in FOI Implementation, Says 90% of Public Institutions Violate Reporting Obligations

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has highlighted “formidable challenges” in the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, observing that up to 90 per cent of public institutions do not comply with their annual reporting obligations under the Law. Read more

Reverse illegal increases in fees or face legal action, SERAP warns UI, AAUA
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the authorities of the University of Ibadan and Adekunle Ajasin University to “immediately reverse the patently illegal increases in fees…” Read more

Amnesty International urges Nigerian Government to Issue Moratorium against Executions

Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian government to issue a legally binding official moratorium against executions as a first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country. Read more

 

OPINION 


Let’s End this Competition of Misery

“What is the world’s worst crisis? Yemen? Syria? The Democratic Republic of Congo? South Sudan?That question may not be any easier to answer even if there are accompanying descriptors: the worst famine since the Second World War;  the worst refugee crisis since Rwanda; the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 years.”  Read more

Hate Speech and Right to Freedom of Expression

“What would qualify as hate speech is any form of communication that expresses hatred and attacks a person or group on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or gender.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 



Participation in NBA’s Criminal Justice Confab

LEDAP will participate in the Nigerian Bar Association’s  Criminal Justice Confab holding on the 25th-26th of April. LEDAP’s lead counsel Chino Obiagwu, who is also the alternate chair of the NBA Human Rights Institute, will be speaking on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law and state level lessons at the forthcoming high level conference on criminal justice reform. To register and find out more, click here.

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Criminal Justice Reform Committee Unveils Plan to Honour Leading Jurists
Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Criminal Justice Reform Committee has unveiled plans to honour leading jurists and other stakeholders who have distinguished themselves in promoting criminal justice reform in the country. Those to receive the award include LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr.Chino Obiagwu. Read more

LEDAP, National Judicial Institute, and AfricaLii commence Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii)
Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii) is aimed at bringing legal materials, all laws and case decisions in Nigeria free of charge to the public. The official launch is coming up soon but the NigeriaLii portal currently contains several thousands of case decisions, statutes, rules of court, and other legal materials. Visit the NigeriaLii website here

 

LEDAP at the 3rd Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Chino Obiagwu – left
LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr.Chino Obiagwu was in attendance at the 3rd Regional Congress against the death penalty held in Ivory Coast. He spoke on a panel concerning Africans on death row in foreign countries.

LEDAP Launches Torture Project in Partnership with UNDEF
LEDAP has launched its  Torture Prevention Project Targeting Police – In partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture, LEDAP is getting set to launch a project to tackle torture and ill treatment in policing. The project will be located Lagos, Adamawa and Yobe States, as well as at the Federal Capital Territory. For more information and the call for expression on interest for the consultancies, reach out to info@ledapnigeria.org or pamela@ledapnigeria.org

Two Day Consultative Stakeholder Meeting on Strengthening the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Chino Obiagwu – 3rd right

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) in partnership with TrustAfrica held a two day consultative meeting with stakeholders on “Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice and Enhancing Access to Justice in the West Africa Sub-Region” The event held from the 11th to the 12th of April 2018 at Rockview Hotels, Abuja. LEDAP’S lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu who is also the Chair, Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court(NCICC), convened the meeting.

 

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“Exploring The ADR And Non-Litigatory Jurisdictions Of The Ecowas Court Of Justice” By Emeka J.P. Obegolu

 A Paper presented at the 2-day Consultative Meeting of ECOWAS Court of Justice by Emeka J.P. Obegolu examines the types of processes that supranational bodies, with particular reference to ECOWAS Court, currently employ, and should employ in the future, to determine the compatibility of a particular dispute resolution process with the right of access to justice. Read the full paper here

 

Police officer Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Nasarawa
The High Court in Lafia, Nasarawa State, presided over by Justice James Abundega, yesterday, sentenced a Police officer, Sergeant Vincent Manu, to death for unlawfully shooting and killing a businessman, Stephen Anakwe, after labeling him as an armed robber.
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EVENTS  


Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

This week the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where leaders will gather in London and Windsor to address the shared global challenges we face and agree actions on how to create a better future for all. This year’s theme is ‘Towards a Common Future’, it will hold from the 16th to 20th April 2018. Follow the event here

Open Society offers Grants [West Africa]

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is accepting proposals to support initiatives in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Possible target areas include journalism, justice reform and the rule of law, the democratic practice and more. Proposals must promote investigative journalism and free, quality and independent media. The deadline is April 30. Find out more here

NIALS Offers Alternative Dispute Resolution, Dispute Management And Negotiation Skills Course

The Course is to expose lawyers in the private and public sector to the simple use of ADR as a means to resolving disputes other than the traditional court and administrative forums. It Provides insights into the Law and Practice of Arbitration in Nigeria and the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, It also examines the Place of ADR in the Legal Profession and so many others. The course will hold at Ayo Ajomo Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos Akoka, Lagos from the 2nd – 4th May, 2018. Read more here

 

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NEWSLETTER FOR 2ND – 6TH APRIL 2018

 

HELLO,
Welcome to another edition LEDAP Nigeria’s Weekly Newsletter which keeps you up to date on the latest Human Rights News and updates in the law, What we are up to and Upcoming Events.
2nd – 6th April 2018

“Without justice, there can be no peace”– Martin Luther King J.

NEWS   

Nigeria, EU, UNODC Renew Commitments against Terrorism

The ongoing fight against terrorism in Nigeria received a boost as the European Union unfolded a three-year funding plans commencing this month. Read more

Nigerian site Invites Reports of Human Rights Abuses

A new website launched by the Women’s Rights and Health [WHER] Initiative, a Nigerian civil society not-for-profit organization, allows people report any type of human rights violations in Nigeria. Read more

UN Condemns Attack on Civilians in North-East Nigeria

Denouncing an attack on civilians in Nigeria’s restive north-east region, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and ensure the protection of civilians. Read more

 

Measles Outbreak in IDP Camp Kills Seven Children
The outbreak of measles at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp at Abagena in Makurdi, Benue State has claimed the lives of not less than seven children. Read more

 

Kids Behind Bars (2)
The Nation Newspaper investigates in the second part of this series, the plight of the children born in prison. Read more

 

Illegal Migration: EU, Edo Govt Partner To Evolve Solution

The European Union Parliament says it will partner Edo Government to evolve solution to illegal migration which is common to the union and the state. Read more

 

USAID Releases Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 

The US Agency for International Development has released Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11, for the fiscal year 2018. The report look at conflict, government response and humanitarian responses in the affected areas across the four Lake Chad basin countries including Nigeria. View the report here

 

ActionAid Wants Sexism Tackled in Police, Public institutions

ActionAid Nigeria has urged government to address persistent institutional sexism in the Nigeria Police Force, Judiciary and other public institutions. Read more

 

Maternal Health Crisis: CSO Urges Action On Bill Gates Statement

The Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has urged Nigerians, particularly the women and youth, to demand accountability from authorities, so as to address Nigeria’s huge maternal health challenge. Read more

 

EU prepares Nigerian women for 2019 polls

The event hosted by the EU to mark this year’s International Women’s Month, brought together eminent female politicians and other politically-conscious women and civil society actors from across the country to discuss the fate of women politics. It had had the theme, “How do Women Win Election in 2019?” Read more

OPINION 

Nigeria’s Troubling Counterinsurgency Strategy against Boko Haram (1)

“The state response to Boko Haram remains flawed in other key ways. Consider its approach to intelligence. The Nigerian military and police have been partnering local militias, such as the Civilian Joint Task Force, and relying on them and paid informants to find out who is a Boko Haram member. The CJTF claims are often the dominant, if not sole, basis for raids and arrests, yet such intelligence is often completely unreliable, unverified, and random, motivated merely by desire for further financial payments or as a means of revenge for previous perceived grievances against local rivals.” Read more

Female Genital Mutilation: Persecuting Noncompliance

FGM is most common in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and prevalent among girls between the ages of 15 and 49. As at 2016, an estimated 200 million women in 30 countries (27 of these countries are in Africa) were circumcised (UNICEF, 2016). Read more

Photo Essay: What next for the millions uprooted by Boko Haram?
Over the course of nine years, the Boko Haram insurgency has fractured families and claimed lives across the Lake Chad region, causing untold suffering. Four photographers visited camps run by the Red Cross to document the impact of a conflict that has left 8 million people in dire need. View the pictures here

LEDAP@WORK 


Participation in NBA’s Criminal Justice Confab

LEDAP will participate in the Nigerian Bar Association’s  Criminal Justice Confab holding on the 25th-26th of April. LEDAP’s lead counsel Chino Obiagwu, who is also the alternate chair of the NBA Human Rights Institute, will be speaking on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law and state level lessons at the forthcoming high level conference on criminal justice reform. To register and find out more, click here.


LEDAP, National Judicial Institute, and AfricaLii commence Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii)

Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii) is aimed at bringing legal materials, all laws and case decisions in Nigeria free of charge to the public. The official launch is coming up soon but the NigeriaLii portal currently contains several thousands of case decisions, statutes, rules of court, and other legal materials. Visit the NigeriaLii website here

 

LEDAP and Imo State Judiciary ACJA Bill Workshop

 In the last week of April 2018, LEDAP will partner with the Imo State Judiciary to hold a two day stakeholders workshop towards the  adoption of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in Imo state.

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Death Penalty: 

 

Court Sentences Traditional Ruler to Death by Hanging

One of the highest ranking chiefs of Uvwie Kingdom in Delta State, Chief Newton Agbofodo, has been sentenced to death by hanging. The Delta State High Court in Asaba sentenced Agbofodoh, who is the community head of Ekpan, Uvwie Council Area of Delta State, after he was found guilty of all four count charges  preferred against him, including murder. Read more

 

Court sentences man to death for stealing seven bottles of beer and one packet of Rothmans cigarette

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a man, Raji Babatunde, to death by hanging for stealing seven bottles of beer and one packet of Rothmans cigarette. Justice Cornelius Akintayo, in a judgment delivered on Wednesday, found Babatunde guilty of armed robbery for being in possession of axe and cutlass at the scene of the robbery. Read more

 

Court Judgements:

Certificate Of Authentication May be Dispensed with when Tendering Computer Generated Evidence

In the recent Court of Appeal judgement in BRILA ENERGY LTD v. FRN (2018) LPELR-43926(CA), SANKEY, J.C.A while delivering the lead judgement, addressed the issue of whether a certificate of authentication always has to be tendered, he held that “where such certificate [certificate of trustworthiness of the computer used in printing the documents] is not produced, it has been held that oral evidence of a person familiar with the operation of the computer can be given of its reliability and functionality; and that such a person need not be a computer expert.” Read the full judgement here.

How To Determine Whether Or Not A Person Is A Juristic Person?
In the recent Court of Appeal case of ENGINEER EMMANUEL CHUKWUEMEKA OKEKE v. NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL (2018) LPELR-43781(CA), OGUNWUMIJU, J.C.A. in delivering the lead judgemnet in this case held that to determine whether or not a person is juristic person, it is not the specific name under which a person is sued that decides whether or not the person is a juristic person. What determines this issue is whether or not a natural person exists who bears that name or a similar name or had in fact hitherto bore that name. If it is a creation of statute, it is the recognition of that artificial person under an extant law that is relevant. Read the full judgement here

 

EVENTS  

Open Society offers Media Grants [West Africa]

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is accepting proposals to support initiatives in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Possible target areas include journalism, justice reform and the rule of law, the democratic practice and more. Proposals must promote investigative journalism and free, quality and independent media. The deadline is April 30. Find out more here

 

NIALS Offers Alternative Dispute Resolution, Dispute Management And Negotiation Skills Course
The Course is to expose lawyers in the private and public sector to the simple use of ADR as a means to resolving disputes other than the traditional court and administrative forums. It Provides insights into the Law and Practice of Arbitration in Nigeria and the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, It also examines the Place of ADR in the Legal Profession and so many others. The course will hold at Ayo Ajomo Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos Akoka, Lagos from the 2nd – 4th May, 2018. Read more here

 

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LEDAP LAUNCHES TORTURE PROJECT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNDEF

Picture from Amnesty International
Picture from Amnesty International

In partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture, LEDAP has launched a project to tackle torture and ill treatment in policing. The project will be located Lagos, Adamawa , Yobe States, as well as at the Federal Capital Territory.

PROJECT SUMMARY
The use of torture and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in law enforcement has remained a major human rights challenge in Nigeria and has further increased with the current counter-terrorism operations of the police and military. Torture and other forms of ill treatment are widely used by police to obtain information and confessions from suspects, to intimidate, exploit, and to exert dominance and superiority over the weak. Also, women detainees are raped within the first hours of detention. In all these violations, most survivors are unable to report or seek redress and perpetrators are rarely punished. The Nigerian criminal and penal codes fail to explicitly criminalize the use of torture to extract information. As such, everyday law enforcement practices are in many cases inconsistent with the constitutional provision prohibiting torture.

This project seeks to address the increasing incidents of torture and SGBV committed by the police in Nigeria especially in the context of the on-going fight against terrorism and the introduction of Shari’a laws in 12 northern states including two target states of the project; Adamawa and Yobe state. The strategy is to address the specific problems of both the supply and demand sides in torture prevention. It will address the police’s poor anti-torture knowledge and attitudes (supply side), and at the same time empower the civil society and the public to monitor and demand for accountability wherever torture occurs (demand side).

The overall objective is to move Nigeria towards effective prevention and reduction of incidences of torture. This will be achieved by improving the understanding of police personnel and encouraging a human rights centered approach towards the treatment of suspects by police personnel. Also, by providing capacity for civil society organisations and victims of torture to demand for accountability. Particularly, this project is designed to increase knowledge and improve the attitude of over 7,300 police staff in Nigeria (supply side) towards torture prevention, and empower the demand side of human rights (330 representatives of CSOs (180), lawyers (50), journalists (20), Paralegals (80)) to report and support survivors and victims of torture and SGBV to assert and defend their rights to freedom from torture and ill treatment. The project will give assistance to 120 victims, including providing direct legal support to at least 20 cases (including 5 high impact cases) to improve jurisprudence in the area.

Furthermore, the project advocates for policy change and legal reform including engaging in dialogue with key actors, adopting a national policy on torture prevention and advocating for passing into law of the anti-torture bill, which is pending in the parliament. If successfully implemented, the project will build a sustainable pilot that addresses the needs and capacity of both the supply and demand sides of the prevention of torture and ill treatment, which could be replicated to all police formations and other law enforcement institutions in the country.

NEWSLETTER FOR 26TH -30TH MARCH 2018

 

HELLO,
Welcome to another edition LEDAP Nigeria’s Weekly Newsletter which keeps you up to date on the latest Human Rights News and updates in the law, What we are up to and Upcoming Events.
26th – 30th March 2018

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”– Nelson Mandela

NEWS   


UNHCR Urges the Cameroonian Government to Respect Human Rights

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has appealed to the Government of Cameroon to respect the human rights of all citizens for the sake of peace. Read more

Nigeria-Morocco Pipe: Forty NGOS Condemn it

Forty Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) including ones from Nigeria and Morocco have condemned a 2016 plan to link both countries by gas pipeline. Read more

UNPO Submits Report for Universal Periodic Review on Nigeria

On 27 March 2018, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) jointly submitted a report to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of the 31st session of the Universal Periodic Review, during which Nigeria is under consideration. This report draws attention to human rights violations occurring in Ogoniland with a particular focus on violations resulting from oil exploitation in the Niger Delta region. Read more

Group Condemn Alleged DSS Attack on NBA

A pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, has condemned the alleged raid on the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch by the Nigerian Police and the DSS. Read more

Human Trafficking: Centre for African Development Trains 120 Law Advocates

The Center for African Development in collaboration with the  National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) trained 120 Law Students on anti-human trafficking. Read more

Civil Society, Lawyers Defy Police, Stage Anti-Tax Protest

Civil society groups and members of the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) defied the police on Thursday to protest the controversial Land Use Charge and other taxes rolled out by the Lagos State Government. Read more

Court Jails Slave Owners for Up to 20 Years in Mauritania

A court in Mauritania has sentenced two slave owners to between 10 and 20 years in jail. Human rights activists have celebrated the ruling, which they say is the harshest anti-slavery decision in the country’s history. Read more

SERAP Condemns Nigerian Government Offer Of Amnesty To Boko Haram Members

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned offer of amnesty by President Muhammadu Buhari to ‘repentant’ members of Boko Haram terrorist sect, urging the Federal Government to instead ensure that victims of atrocities of the insurgent group get justice. Read more

Seven Energy Reaffirms Commitment to Security, Human Rights
Seven Energy, the leading indigenous integrated gas development, production and distribution company in south east Nigeria, has reaffirmed its commitment to implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights initiative (VPI) when it hosted the Steering Committee of the VPI at the Seven Energy Security Forum in Eket, Akwa Ibom State. Read more

CSNAC Petitions EFCC, Seeks Investigation Of Communication Minister, Adebayo Shittu

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC),which  is a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organization, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to beam its eagle eyes on the financial records of the Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, following allegations of corruption leveled against the Minister by one of its aide. Read more

Operation Python Dance: ICC to Investigate Killings of IPOB Members

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has indicated that it will investigate the September 2017 invasion of a community in Abia State, Nigeria by soldiers of the Nigeria Army during a military exercise codenamed Operation Python Dance. Read more

Inibehe Effiong Sues Akwa Ibom Government over Non-Release of Report, White Paper on Reigner’s Church collapse

A Lagos-based Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Activist, Mr. Inibehe Effiong has filed a lawsuit against the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and the Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State seeking the leave of the court to compel the state government to release the Report and White Paper of the Judicial Commission of the Inquiry into the Reigners Bible Church building collapse. Read more

OPINION 

‘No women, No growth’: Regressive Laws Prevent Economic Equality, says study

Legal barriers that prevent women from working or limit their opportunities to own a business are having a negative impact on global growth and economic equality, a World Bank study has found. Read more

Blackmail, Prejudice and Persecution: Gay Rights in Nigeria

“Gay people in Nigeria mostly socialise in homes, where gatherings take place between friends and networks of friends. But the trust afforded by these closed spaces is increasingly fragile.” Read more

Ogoni: Death and Prison will not Remedy the Need for Human Rights

Far from presenting a solution for systematic violation of human rights affecting minorities in the Ogoniland region, the Nigerian government has proposed to build a jail and a cemetery as a measure to appease civil unrest. Rather than attempting to cover the real problems, Abuja should aim to comply with the country’s obligation towards the communities living in Ogoniland, ensuring that the respect for environmental conditions and fundamental rights is observed. Read more

Individualised Activism With No Structural Analysis Offers Only Half Solutions

The world’s problems cannot be solved by individual activists and campaigners alone. We need to challenge the system that fuels authoritarianism directly. Read more

“Young people are not just the future of Nigeria. They are Nigeria today.”

Increasing youth representation in Nigeria’s closed political system will be an uphill battle, but Not Too Young To Run activists are ready to fight. Read more

Signing of Court Processes By a Law Firm: A Review of the Recent Case of Heritage Bank V. Bentworth

This write-up seeks to clarify the decision in the Heritage Bank Case with consideration given to the position of the courts on the proper person to sign court processes under Section 2 and 24 of the Legal Practitioners Act and the implication on proceedings arising thereupon. Read more

LEDAP@WORK 


A LinkedIn to Combat Rights Abuse?

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu spoke with IRIN  about how a new website, named Who Was in Command, which helps track police and military personnel by publishing the names, ranks, and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt, and Mexico, has made his work a lot easier. Read more


Participation in NBA’s Criminal Justice Confab

LEDAP will participate in the Nigerian Bar Association’s  Criminal Justice Confab holding on the 25th-26th of April. LEDAP’s lead counsel Chino Obiagwu, who is also the alternate chair of the NBA Human Rights Institute, will be speaking on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law and state level lessons at the forthcoming high level conference on criminal justice reform. To register and find out more, click here


LEDAP, National Judicial Institute, and AfricaLii commence Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii)

Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii) is aimed at bringing legal materials, all laws and case decisions in Nigeria free of charge to the public. The official launch is coming up soon but the NigeriaLii portal currently contains several thousands of case decisions, statutes, rules of court, and other legal materials. Visit the NigeriaLii website here

LEDAP and Imo State Judiciary ACJA Bill Workshop
 In the last week of April 2018, LEDAP will partner with the Imo State Judiciary to hold a two day stakeholders workshop towards the  adoption of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in Imo state.

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Copyright Infringement: Court Awards N10m Against WEMA Bank, In Suit By Nigerian Model

A Federal High Court in Lagos has awarded the sum of N10 million in damages, against Wema Bank Plc, in a suit by an American-based Nigerian model, Nneoma Anosike, over infringement of her intellectual property. Read more

Lagos Government to Challenge Court Order Suspending Consumption Tax Law

The Lagos State Government has said it will appeal an injunction of a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, which temporarily restrained it from enforcing the provisions of the 2017 Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017. Read more

Journalist, Carl Umegboro Sues Abuja DisCo, Demands N292m for Libel and other Infringements

A writer and journalist, Carl Umegboro has sued the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc “AEDC” before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory demanding the sum of N292, 465,000:00 (two hundred and ninety two million, four hundred and sixty five thousand naira only) aggregately for nuisance, trespass to chattel, infringement of fundamental rights, defamation of his character and special damages.Read more

Court Bars Osun State Government From Arresting and Prosecuting NBA Chairman

The Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 barred the Osun State government and its agents from arresting, persecuting or prosecuting the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Chairman, Ilesa branch, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola. Read more

Appeal Court Ends 30yr-Old Chieftaincy Battle In Rivers Community

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has upheld its earlier judgment, which declared King Benson Mgbowaji Egwenre Oruk XVII as the legitimate Okan Ama of Ataba Kingdom in Andoni Local Government Area Of Rivers State. Read more

EVENTS  


3rd Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty

The African Congress will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 9-10 April 2018. Over 300 participants are expected. LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu will be speaking on the topic, “Africans on death row in foreign countries, a consular duty” at the second workshop on the 10th of April from 3pm to 4pm. Read more

Nigerian Bar Association Section on Legal Practice Conference
The NBASLP Conference will hold on the from the 12th -13th of April 2018 at the NBA Port Harcourt branch house, bank road,Portharcourt,Rivers State. The theme of the conference is “RE-THINKING AND RE-TOOLING LEGAL PRACTICE FOR THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME.”

Two Day Consultative Stakeholder Meeting on Strengthening the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) in partnership with TrustAfrica has invited stakeholders to a two day consultative meeting on “Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice and enhancing Access to Justice in the West Africa Sub-Region” The event will take place on the 11th to the 12th of April 2018 at Rockview Hotels, Abuja.

Open Society offers Media Grants [West Africa]

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is accepting proposals to support initiatives in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Possible target areas include journalism, justice reform and the rule of law, the democratic practice and more. Proposals must promote investigative journalism and free, quality and independent media. The deadline is April 30. Find out more here

2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize call for nominations

The 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize will be given out at the United Nations in New York on Human Right Day, 10 December. Nominations are open until 6 April 2018. The prize to recognize individuals or organization for outstanding achievements in the field of human rights is given out every five years. Read more

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