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“A right delayed is a right denied.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
12-16th March 2018


Air Raid – Adamawa Communities Vow to Drag Nigerian Air Force to ICC for Alleged Killings

Six Bachama ethnic communities in Adamawa State have vowed to drag the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged bombings of their communitiesRead more

Nigerian judge, Chile Eboe-Osuji Elected New President of ICC

The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), sitting in a plenary session have elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji of Nigeria as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect. Read more

SERAP Writes AU, Demands Suspension of Cameroon

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has sent an open letter to the African Union Chairperson and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, urging him to urgently call an Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to suspend the rights of membership of Cameroon from the Union.  Read more 


Enugu Rangers, WACOL Launch Campaign against Anti-women Practices

An Enugu based non-governmental organization, NGO, Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL) and the Enugu Rangers International F.C. have launched fresh action against all forms of negative practices on women.  Read more

Hate Penalty for Hate Speech?

A recent bill, which passed through first reading in the Senate, has stirred controversy and criticism for recommending death sentence or life imprisonment for hate speech mongers. Read more

Security Agents as Rights Abusers

There have been reports of human rights abuses by security agencies. This has led to Nigeria receiving low ratings in rights enforcement and respect.  Read more

Nigerian Govt’s Treatment Of IPOB Violates African Charter, Says African Commission On Human And People’s Rights

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) has stated that the declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group, the attacks by Federal Government agencies on its members constitute a prima facie violation of the African Charter. Read more

Police and Nigerian Chief Vow Action Against Anti-Gay Blackmail

The police commissioner and a traditional chief in Delta State are backing Nigerian human rights activists’ efforts to end a wave of blackmail and extortion of gay men and others. Read more 

UN Experts Condemn Decision to Seek Death Sentence against Egyptian Photojournalist Abou Zeid

UN human rights experts strongly condemn a decision by the Egyptian prosecutor to seek the death sentence against acclaimed photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as “Shawkan”, who was arrested while covering anti-government protests.  Read more

Paradigm Initiative Commends Passage of Digital Rights Bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill, following in the footsteps of the Nigerian House of Representatives which passed the Bill on December 19, 2018. Read more

Sahel 2018: Overview of Humanitarian Needs and Requirement 

Acute rainfall deficits last season in several regions of the Sahel, and worsening insecurity have escalated humanitarian needs. To address the most urgent needs across the region, humanitarians will need US$2.7 billion in 2018. In five countries – Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria – aid organisations and Governments have developed response plans to provide life-saving assistance and help communities rebuild livelihoods. Read more


Bring Back Our Girls Campaigners Threaten to Sue The Nigerian Government over Abducted Dapchi Girls

The Nigerian group that sparked a global campaign for the safe return of schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 said on Tuesday it would sue the government if it failed to provide answers over a similar mass abduction of the Dapchi Girls last month. Read more

Court Fines Nigeria Police N3m for Violation of Fundamental Right 

An FCT high court, Maitama, on Tuesday, March 13, ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay N3 million to one Kingsley Efobi, for violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty. Read more

Ambode leads Walk Against Domestic Violence, Backs 25-year jail term for Rapists

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has backed the 25 years jail term prescribed for rapists and perpetrators of all forms of domestic violence, saying that the time has come to take more aggressive steps to put a stop to the menace. Read more


Amnesty Data Activists Uncover Serious Negligence by Oil Giants Shell and Eni

A groundbreaking research project by Amnesty International has exposed evidence of serious negligence by oil giants Shell and Eni, whose irresponsible approach to oil spills in the Niger Delta is exacerbating an environmental crisis. Read more

Court Fines Military N1 Million for Human Rights Abuse in Port Harcourt 

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has fined the 6 Division of Nigerian Army, N1 million for gross abuse of human rights. The army was accused of abusing the rights of an actress and movie producer, Ebere Ohakwe, popularly known as Jewel Infinity. Read more

Court Reinstates Dismissed Whistleblower

About three years after he was suspended, a whistle-blower who exposed alleged fraudulent activities in the Police Service Commission (PSC), Aaron Kaase, has been reinstated by the commission. Read more



International Women’s Day 2018

To celebrate the International Women’s Day 2018 which occurred on the 8th of March 2018. The Legal Defence and Assistance Project, interviewed a number of powerful and successful Nigerian women on what it means to be a woman in Nigeria and how young girls and women can PressforProgress in line with this year’s theme. Checkout the video here.


Torture Prevention Project Targeting The Police in Partnership with UNDEF

LEDAP calls for consultancies as it launches 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. LEDAP just launched a call for consultants to conduct baseline assessment of the rate and pattern of torture and ill treatment in policing, and to prepare a police good conduct manual. For more information and the call for expression on interest for the consultancies, reach out to or

JAMB appeals against court decision banning post-UTME Exams

Following recent decision of the Federal High Court in the suit filed by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) against JAMB, the Minister of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), declaring  illegal the Post-UTME examinations usually  carried out by Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education for admission candidates. JAMB has appealed against the decision to the Court of Appeal Abuja. Read more



South-West PDP Crisis: Appeal Court Gives verdict 

The Court of Appeal, Ado Ekiti division has set aside a ruling of the federal high court in the matter instituted by Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe against the executive of the party in the South West zone. Read more

Court sentences three men to death by hanging for armed robbery in Ogun

An Abeokuta High Court on Thursday sentenced three men to death by hanging for armed robbery, conspiracy and rape while the fourth accused, Oguntolu Oludare got 10 years imprisonment for receiving stolen goods. Read more


Court Orders Uncle to Return Inheritance, Properties to Nephew

The Shari’a Court 1, Magajin Gari, Kaduna, on Thursday ordered a 60-year-old man, Jaafar Salisu to return properties in his care, inherited by his nephew, Ibrahim Musa, after the death of the boy’s father. Read more



Commission on the Status of Women 2018

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. This year’s priority theme is Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. Read more


West African Civil Society Institute – Call For Application

The West African Civil Society Institute is currently accepting applications for the Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation/ Communicating Impact Course  scheduled for 14-18 May 2018. The training course is designed to equip development practitioners with requisite project-related monitoring and evaluation tools and competencies. The course will enable you to professionally. Read more


The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre Open Enrolment Workshop

Open Enrolment Workshop is a capacity development initiative of TEP Centre, to deliver training and workshop for individuals/organisations in the development sector. The broad theme of the workshop is “Basic introduction to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems.” It will hold on the 5th of April 2018. For more information and enrolment, kindly contact Akinwunmi on

Osinbajo, CJN, Saraki for NBA Criminal Justice conference 

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Senate President Bukola Saraki and  Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen are among dignitaries expected at the fifth NBA Criminal Justice Reform Conference. The three-day event, which will hold in Asaba, Delta State from March 21 to 24, is organised by the NBA Criminal Justice Reform Committee chaired by Chief Arthur Obi-Okafor (SAN). Read more


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As the world marks today the World Day Against the use of the Death Penalty with the theme “Poverty and the death penalty” LEDAP reaffirms its position that the abolition of death penalty in law and practice should be the firm desire of the Nigerian government as death penalty is cruel and inhumane treatment, which has no place in modern society. LEDAP contends that the application of death penalty is discriminatory in Nigeria as it has become a punishment exclusive to the poor in society.

LEDAP is continually in legal battles with the federal and state governments in its quest to ensure that fundamental rights of citizens are safe-guarded and death penalty is abolished. Currently LEDAP has legal actions in court where it challenges the imposition of mandatory death sentences and the proposal of the federal and state governments to execute death row inmates. LEDAP urges state Governors not to sign any death warrants as it constitutes state murder. With high number of criminal convictions overturned on appeal, continued execution is risky as innocent people may be wrongfully killed.

LEDAP strongly believes that in its practical application death penalty is discriminatory as there is hardly any rich or influential person in society who is sentenced to death. LEDAP contends that the reason for the discriminatory outlook is due to the fact that the rich have the resources to settle the police or afford the best lawyers who ensure they are not convicted. LEDAP therefore takes the commemoration of the World Day Against Death Penalty, to re-live the experiences of the inmates saved from the gallows, inviting freed former death-row inmates to tell their stories in a media parley. It is LEDAP’s conclusion that poverty is a common factor to all prisoners on death row in Nigeria.

LEDAP beckons on the Government to ensure that it gives life rather than exercise eagerness in taking it away while it condemns the recommendation that prisoners on death row be executed as a means of decongesting the prisons. LEDAP believes that the government has a duty to protect and respect the sanctity of human life rather than supervising its termination and recommends a moratorium law be passed against executions in Nigeria.



Chinonye Obiagwu

National Coordinator

LEDAP Contemporary Slavery Project

On Tuesday July 4th 2017, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) launched its Project on Contemporary Slavery by conducting an ‘Experts Seminar on Strategies to Address Contemporary Forms of Slavery’. This Project will begin both advocacy and grassroots work for advancement in the areas of Child Marriage, Child Labour and Trafficking in Persons. In presenting a Background Paper based on research conducted by LEDAP’s research assistants, the presenter highlighted that efforts to curb contemporary slavery in Nigeria require collaboration across board between NGOs, the government, international bodies and persons/bodies working to see the end of contemporary slavery in Nigeria and around the world. To download the extended Seminar Report and the Background Paper, please click the links below:

LEDAP Seminar Report- Contemporary Slavery

Background Paper on Contemporary Slavery



Escaping the Bonds of Trafficking

Imagine you are offered a new job in a foreign country, but when you arrive you are used as a sex slave. This happened to a 21-year-old Nigerian woman named Pamela — and is happening to thousands of women around the world. The UN Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is helping Pamela and many other women rebuild their lives and obtain justice. See Pamela’s story on the OHCHR website here.