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LEDAP URGES NIGERIA TO VOTE FOR MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY AT UNGA SESSION.

PRESS STATEMENT

Release Date: 9th November 2018.

 

LEDAP URGES NIGERIA TO VOTE FOR MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY AT UNGA SESSION.

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project- LEDAP in a letter to the Attorney General of the Federation, dated 9th October 2018, is advocating for Nigeria to vote in favour of the proposed resolution of the Third Committee of UNGA on Moratorium on the use of the death penalty, at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

 

This is in line with the call by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right (African commission) at its 44th Ordinary Session in Abuja Nigeria, on state parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (African Charter), to observe a moratorium on death penalty.

 

The Federal Government of Nigeria already has an informal policy on moratorium on execution of death sentences, which policy was restated in the Nigeria’s submission to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nigeria in 2009 and in 2013. However Nigeria needs to take a firmer stand on the preservation of the sanctity of Human lives, and stand with the rest of the pro-life, pro-abolition governments to support the UNGA moratorium resolution.

 

LEDAP is a non-governmental organization working for the promotion and protection of human rights Nigeria and is also the chair of the Nigerian anti-Death Penalty Group, which is a coa

lition of civil society organizations working to encourage the abolition of the use of death penalty in Nigeria.

 

 

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LEDAP-Legal Defence and Assistance Project,

PRESS RELEASE

6th November, 2018.

COURT ADJOURNS SUIT FILED BY LEGAL DEFENCE AND ASSISTANCE PROJECT(LEDAP) AGAINST DEFECTING SENATORS TO 18TH December, 2018.

The action between LEDAP v Senator Bukola Saraki & 54ors filed by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project against the defecting members of the National Assembly came up today before Justice B.O Quadiri of the Federal High Court for report of service.

J.S Okutepa SAN, counsel to the plaintiff informed the court that all parties in the proceedings have been served and a date should be given for hearing of the originating summons. The court obliged the learned Silk and adjourned the case to the 18/12/18 for definite hearing.

LEDAP is suing the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Senate President Bukola Saraki and other members of the National Assembly who defected from the parties that sponsored their elections and is asking the court to declare that their seats have become vacant by virtue of their defection.

None of the defendants have entered appearance or filed any process in this suit.

Signed

Chino Obiagwu, National Coordinator

For: Legal Defence and Assistance Project.

NEWSLETTER 28TH OCTOBER – 2ND NOVEMBER 2018

 

 

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Welcome to LEDAP Nigeria Newsletter
28th October – 2nd November 2018

“Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of a man is an ideal worth fighting for, and worth dying for.
—Robert C. Maynard

NEWS

Nigerian Army Establishes Human Rights Desk
The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu State says it has established human rights desks in all its formations to address alleged rights abuses. Read more

CJN, Justice, Onnoghen Approves Processes For The Appointment Of 20 Additional Judges For National Industrial Court

The Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice W.S.N Onnoghen, GCON has given his approval for the commencement of the processes that will lead to the appointment of twenty additional judges to the National Industrial Court. Read more

Court Stops NLC, TUC’s Planned Strike
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) sitting in Abuja has restrained the organised labour from proceeding on its planned nationwide indefinite industrial action. Read more

ECOWAS Court Seeks Better Funding
Ahead of its resumption of hearings today October 30, judges and workers of the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met for several days to work out ways of enhancing its operations. Read more

Anxiety as NHRC Probes Rights’ abuse by SARS
Rising to its statutory mandate in a view to address the outcry of victims of SARS’s excesses, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has embarked on nationwide investigation of rights abuses and other activities of the squad. Read more

FG Pledges to Abide by Human Rights Obligations
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to live up to her international obligations on human rights. Read more

Nigerian Police Open Fire at Shi’ite Muslim Protesters in Abuja
Police opened fire at Shi’ite Muslim protesters demanding the release of their leader in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday, October 30, in a second straight day of violence, a Reuters witness said. Read more

Falana to NGOS – Mobilise Masses to Demand Accountability
Falana challenged Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Africa to lead the battle against corruption in each of their countries when he delivered a keynote statement at the African NGO Forum held in Banjul, Gambia. Read more

World Summit Brings Surge of New Commitments to Protect Human Rights Defenders
Human rights defenders from across all corners of the world gathered in Paris for the Human Rights Defenders World Summit, to develop a plan of action for how to protect and promote the work of activists fighting for rights, 20 years on from the first UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Read more

OPINION

Do Nigerians Still Have Right To Life?
Specifically, the UN Human Rights Charter which is considered one of the most significant documents of the 20th century specifically states that human life is the foundation of all other rights. Read more

Is Industrial Court Bound by Sheriffs and Civil Process Act?
There is currently a legal logjam as to whether the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, specifically Section 97, applies to a writ issued by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria. Read more

The Wasteful Practice of Affixing Two NBA Seals to a Motion
There is the need to curb the wasteful requirement of affixing more than one seal on a Motion before it is accepted for filing in our Court Registries. Read more

Curbing Increasing Evil of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a violation of the human rights of individuals. In recent times, domestic violence has been on the rise, but unfortunately, some argue that the law also allows domestic violence, noting that under the provision of the Penal Code Read more

Between Rule of Law and Corruption

What is the rule of law, we may ask? It is the prevention or ‘restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.’ Read more

LEDAP@WORK

LEDAP Demands Justice for Anita Akapson

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project-LEDAP extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of late Ms. Anita Akapson, and urge them to be strong in this trying time. Read more

LEDAP to Nigerian Government: Abolish Death Penalty Now!

Over the years, LEDAP has consistently campaigned for the abolition of the death penalty by providing direct free legal assistance to death row inmates, supporting legislative enactment on moratorium, conducting public poll survey on the use of death penalty and the inhumane living conditions of death row inmates. Read more

LEDAP Sues Saraki, Others for Defecting to PDP

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), has sued Senate President Bukola Saraki and other lawmakers who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It is praying the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare that they are no longer members of the National Assembly by virtue of their defections from the political parties that sponsored their election. Read more

Invitation to Stakeholders Round Table Dialogue against Torture

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCOT) invites stakeholders to a round-table dialogue aimed at reducing the incidences of Torture and improving redress for victims of torture and ill treatment which will be taking place in Abuja. For live updates on the Anti-Torture Project follow the project on Twitter, Facebook Instagram & blog page and follow the conversation using #stoptorturein9ja on all social media platforms.

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 to read the most recent court judgments.

From LEDAP’s Archives

LEDAP, the Lagos State Secretariat of the NCAA, Revamps Its Campaign on the Passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB)

As part of its Women’s Rights initiative, LEDAP, the Lagos State branch of the National Coalition for Affirmative Action (NCAA) in partnership LASGAT and SAVI, has renewed its efforts to ensure the smooth passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB). Read more

LEDAP Condemns Senate’s Decision To Summon Judges
LEDAP’s National Coordinator, Mr Chino Obiagwu, in a statement, noted that the legislature has no oversight power over judicial officers under the constitutional principle of separation of powers in sections 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution. Read more

 

LEDAP Sues DSS, AFG Over Arrest of Judges, Seeks Injuction to Stop Their Arraignment
Lagos October 24, 2016: Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has asked the Federal High Court Abuja to declare as unlawful the raid and arrest of judges by the State Security Services, and an order of injunction stopping the planned charge and arraignment in court of some of the arrested judges. Read more

Training Of Trainers (TOT) On The Administration Of Criminal Justice Law In Anambra State
Group Anambra
LEDAP holds Anambra Training of Trainers (TOT) on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Anambra State. The training was held at the state command Awka for 20 selected high level officers of the police force. Read more

PeepIntoTheLaw

Police Ordered to Pay N1m to Magistrate for Violation of Human Rights
A Kano State High Court, on Wednesday, October 31, ordered the Nigerian Police Force to pay N1 million as compensation to a magistrate, Hajara Hamza, for violating her fundamental rights. Read more

Court of Appeal Sacks Benue Lawmaker, Orders Refund of 3 Years’ Salary
After three years of legal battle over a legislative seat in the Benue House of Assembly, the Appeal Court in Makurdi, on Friday, November 2, gave judgment in favour of Joseph Boko and ordered the immediate sack of Benjamin Nungwa, the occupant of the seat. Read more

Court Remands Benue Lecturer in Custody for Rape of 13-year-old
Miss Ochanya was raped and sodomized by her aunt’s husband Andrew Ogbuja and son Victor from age 8 till 13, when she died of complications of VVF. a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court has remanded 51-year-old lecturer, Mr. Ogbuja, in prison custody. Read more

Army to Pay Actress N1.25m for Assault
A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday, October 26, ordered the Nigerian Army to pay the sum of N1, 250,000 and publish a written apology in at least two national dailies to a Nollywood actress, Ebere Ohakwe, as compensation after she was beaten up by men of the Nigerian Army in February 2017. Read more

Court Orders Police to Pay N10m to Businessman Over Violation of Human Rights
The Federal High Court, Maitama Abuja, on Monday, October 22, ordered the Nigeria Police Force, to pay N10 million as compensation to one Aondofa Shenge, for violating his fundamental human rights. Read more

Renewal of Writ: Michael Kolawole v Pezzani Alberto (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.98). 2

The Supreme Court held in the famous case of Kolawole v Alberto that a writ can renewed even after its expiration.
Want to read the full case? Click
here to read the full case on the Nigerialii website.

OPPORTUNITIES/EVENTS

NBA Lagos Annual Dinner, 2018

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos branch has scheduled its annual black tie dinner for December 13th, 2018. Visit the website for more detailsCall for Written Submissions – Visit by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to the Federal Republic of NigeriaThe Special Rapporteur invites all interested individuals and organizations working on issues related to the right to life in Nigeria, including representatives of civil society organizations, experts and academics, to provide input for the preparation of the foreseen visit (dates pending confirmation). Please send your submissions to: eje@ohchr.org by 3 December 2018. Click here for more information.
African Regional Conference on the Environment
This conference presented by the IBA Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee of the Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL) African Regional Conference on the Environment will hold on 28–30 November 2018 at Radisson Blu Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa. Click here for more information

Impact Fund Grants Program: Advancing Human Rights, Environmental Justice and Poverty Law
Applications are open for the Impact Fund grants program for the Spring 2019, awarding grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. Deadline is January 8, 2019. Click here for more information

Irish Aid Casement Fellowship Program in Human Rights 2019

Applications are open for Casement Fellowship in Human Rights to provide talented candidates with the opportunity to pursue advanced education and professional development in Ireland in order to contribute to the future development of Nigeria. Deadline is November 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

Women of Impact: Global Leaders Creating Positive Change
The Women of Impact: Global Leaders Creating Positive Change panel discussion will focus on women in leadership roles around the world who are agents of change in their communities and countries. It will take place on November 13, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. Click here for more information.

Eleventh Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues

Registration now open for the Eleventh Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issue with the theme “Statelessness: A Minority Issue” scheduled to take place from 29 – 30 November 2018 at Palais des Nations, XVII Geneva, Switzerland. Register here Deadline is November 23, 2018. Click here for more information.

Call for Inputs
The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee requests inputs on the following mandates of the Advisory Committee: “The negative effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of human rights”, “Negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin on the enjoyment of human rights” and “The role of technical assistance and capacity-building in fostering mutually beneficial cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights.” Deadline is November 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

Invitation to 7th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights
OHCR is pleased to civil societies to the 7th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights themed “Business respect for human rights – building on what works” which will take place from November 26 – 28, 2018 at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Deadline is November 28, 2018 .Click here for more information.

2020 Martin Ennals Award: Inviting Human Rights Defenders around the World
Nominations are open for 2020 Martin Ennals Award that is an annual prize for human rights defenders. Deadline: 26 March 2019. Click here to get more information and to nominate a candidate.

International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Annual Jurist Conference 2018

The Annual Jurist Conference powered by ICJ Kenya is scheduled to hold from 20 – 24 November 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of this year is “The State of Judicial Independence in Africa: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities”. You can register here and click here fore more information.

Invitation to 2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

The second session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law will hold at Palais des Nations Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 23 November 2018 with the theme “Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law” Register here. Deadline is 16 November, 2018. Click here for more information.

Tenth Session of Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards Postponed

The 10th session of the committee has been rescheduled. It will now take place from 8 – 19 April 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Register by email registry@ohchr.org Click here for more information

Call for Proposal: Voice’s Empower Beyond Borders! Global Empowerment Grant

Voice is now accepting proposals with “out of the box” project ideas that promote cross-country learning and focus on underrepresented groups within several voice focus region for empowerment grants. These grants are available from €5.000 to € 75.000 for minimum of 12 to maximum of 24 months. Closing date is 9 November, 2018. Click here for more information

Invitation to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference 2019
Invitations are open to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law 2019 conference themed Bribery & Corruption: Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem. The conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 2019. Click here for more information.


Voice Beyond the Incident: Nigeria Sudden Opportunity Grant

Are there sudden manifestations or situation of injustice against person/persons/community? If your answer is yes, apply for the Sudden Opportunity Grant to voice beyond the incident. Deadline for application is 31 December 2018. Click here to find out more

To get your human rights and law related news and events in the LEDAP Newsletter, or to send us your comments and feedback send us an email at info@ledapnigeria.org

Legal Defence & Assistance Project is a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee in Nigeria, engaged in the legal protection and promotion of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Africa. It has observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, and is the West Africa Focal Point for the Coalition for the Effective African Court on Human and Peoples Rights. LEDAP is winner of 2008 MacArthur Award for effective and innovative institution, and 2005 Nigerian Prison Service excellence service award among others. It was founded in 1997 as a network of human rights lawyers defending victims and political prisoners under the then military regime. It currently has its national office in Lagos and zonal offices in Abuja, Yola, Port Harcourt, Oshogbo and Jos. You can find us at ledapnigeria.org

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HELLO,
Welcome to LEDAP Nigeria Newsletter
21st – 27th October 2018

“Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
—Shirin Ebadi

NEWS

FG Committed to Human Rights Treaties – AGF

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to Human Rights treaties to which Nigeria was a signatory. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami made this disclosure yesterday in Abuja. Read more

NHRC Commences Investigation On SARS Activities

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has commenced Public Sitting of the Presidential Investigative Panel on the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force for the North-central Geo-political Zone, Monday, at the FCT High Court Premises, Abuja. Read more

Citizens Take FG to ECOWAS Court Over High Cost of Nomination Forms
Some Nigerian citizens have dragged the federal government of Nigeria before the ECOWAS Court of Justice over high cost of nomination forms. Read more

Buhari’s Commitment to Human Rights Unparalleled – Minister
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr. Abubakar Malami, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to respect to human rights and entrenching rule of law in Nigeria as unparalleled. Read more

UN, NHRC Decry Incessant Sexual Abuse in IDPs Camps
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the United Nations High Commission For Refugees (UNHCR) have yesterday, October 21, expressed worry over rampant sexual and gender-based violence in most Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno and therefore called for an end to the menace. Read more

Kano Ranks Top Among States with Awaiting Trial Inmates, says CURE-Nigeria
Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, (CURE-Nigeria), a non-governmental organization yesterday declared Kano state as the state with the highest number of pre-trial detainees languishing in prisons. Read more

SAN Seeks Equal Application as Lawyer Backs Executive Order 6

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Mr. Jibrin Okutepa (SAN) has welcomed the Executive Order 6 issued by President Muhammadu Buhari. He urged law enforcement agencies to ensure its equal application without fear, favour or ill-will. Read more

Nigeria Must Protect and Promote Women’s Participation in Politics-UN
GENEVA (22 October 2018) – UN human rights experts are urging Nigeria to take immediate steps to remedy deliberate attempts to exclude women candidates from recent party primary elections for seats in state and national legislatures. Read more

Malabu Scandal: Witness Tells Court OPL 245 Deal Not in Nigeria’s Interest
A founding director of ‘corruption watch dog’, Global Witness, Simon Taylor told a court in Italy that corruption in Nigeria’s oil sector facilitated human rights abuses. Read more

OPINION

How to Strengthen ECOWAS Court – Experts
President of the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Court), Justice Edward Asante (from Ghana), said the court is underfunded, leading to lack of adequate facilities and personnel. Read more

What NBA can Learn from IBA
Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) is Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President. He was at the International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Rome. He unveils the impact of the conference on him and how he intends to improve the well-being of Nigerian lawyers. Read more

Nigerians Swim in Unreliable, Expensive Broadband Internet
This is as the Human Rights Council of the United Nations General Assembly recently declared access to the Internet a basic human right which enables individuals to “exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression”. Read more

Human Trafficking: Atrocities Against Victims and the Nigerian Challenge

Trafficking in human beings touches on many issues: human rights, inequality, discrimination, the rule of law, crime control, law enforcement, corruption, economic deprivation and migration. Read more

The Pandora’s Box of Awaiting Trial in Nigeria

It was reported some weeks back in the media that 70% of inmates in Nigerian prisons are those awaiting trial, while the remaining 30% are inmates already convicted by a court of law in the country. Which begs the question, how did Nigeria open this Pandora’s box of awaiting trial bedeviling our rehabilitation centres? Read more

Protecting Freedom of Expression in Nigeria
Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right guaranteed in the Nigerian Constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant international treaties. Read more

LEDAP@WORK

LEDAP Demands Justice for Anita Akapson

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project-LEDAP extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of late Ms. Anita Akapson, and urge them to be strong in this trying time. Read more

LEDAP to Nigerian Government: Abolish Death Penalty Now!

Over the years, LEDAP has consistently campaigned for the abolition of the death penalty by providing direct free legal assistance to death row inmates, supporting legislative enactment on moratorium, conducting public poll survey on the use of death penalty and the inhumane living conditions of death row inmates. Read more

Invitation to Stakeholders Round Table Dialogue against Torture

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCOT) invites stakeholders to a round-table dialogue aimed at reducing the incidences of Torture and improving redress for victims of torture and ill treatment which will be taking place in Abuja. For live updates on the Anti-Torture Project follow the project on Twitter, Facebook Instagram & blog page and follow the conversation using #stoptorturein9ja on all social media platforms.

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 to read the most recent court judgments.

From LEDAP’s Archives

LEDAP Condemns Senate’s Decision To Summon Judges
LEDAP’s National Coordinator, Mr Chino Obiagwu, in a statement on Sunday, notes that the legislature has no oversight power over judicial officers under the constitutional principle of separation of powers in sections 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution. Read more

LEDAP Sues DSS, AFG Over Arrest of Judges, Seeks Injuction to Stop Their Arraignment
Lagos October 24, 2016: Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has asked the Federal High Court Abuja to declare as unlawful the raid and arrest of judges by the State Security Services, and an order of injunction stopping the planned charge and arraignment in court of some of the arrested judges. Read more

IHRDA, LEDAP train Nigerian Lawyers, CSOs on Litigating Women’s Rights

IHRDA and local partner LEDAP are organizing a training workshop in Nigeria from 22-23 March 2017 on advancing women’s rights using international legal instruments. Read more

Training Of Trainers (TOT) On The Administration Of Criminal Justice Law In Anambra State
Group Anambra
LEDAP holds Anambra Training of Trainers (TOT) on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Anambra State. The training was held at the state command Awka for 20 selected high level officers of the police force. Read more

PeepIntoTheLaw

Court Remands Benue Lecturer in Custody for Rape of 13-year-old
Miss Ochanya was raped and sodomized by her aunt’s husband Andrew Ogbuja and son Victor from age 8 till 13, when she died of complications of VVF. a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court has remanded 51-year-old lecturer, Mr. Ogbuja, in prison custody. Read more

Ozubulu Killings: Court Grants Nonagenarian Native Doctor, Others Bail

An Ozubulu Magistrate’s court has granted bail to a 94 year-old native doctor and high priest of the dreaded Ndekwulu deity in the community and five others, charged following their alleged involvement in gruesome killings of some sons and daughters of Ozubulu at home and in the Diaspora. Read more

Court Orders Police to Pay Charly Boy N50m Damages

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay to the popular entertainer, Mr Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, the sum of N50m as compensation for violation of his rights during the ‘Resume or Resign’ protest which he convened on August 8, 2018. Read more

Court Orders Police to Pay N10m to Businessman Over Violation of Human Rights
The Federal High Court, Maitama Abuja, on Monday ordered the Nigeria Police Force, to pay N10million as compensation to one Aondofa Shenge, for violating his fundamental human rights. Read more

Renewal of Writ: Michael Kolawole v Pezzani Alberto (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.98). 2

The Supreme Court held in the famous case of Kolawole v Alberto that a writ can renewed even after its expiration.
Want to read the full case? Click
here to read the full case on the Nigerialii website.

OPPORTUNITIES/EVENTS

Impact Fund Grants Program: Advancing Human Rights, Environmental Justice and Poverty Law
Applications are open for the Impact Fund
grants program for the Spring 2019, awarding grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. Deadline is January 8, 2019.
Click here for more information

Irish Aid Casement Fellowship Program in Human Rights 2019

Applications are open for Casement Fellowship in Human Rights to provide talented candidates with the opportunity to pursue advanced education and professional development in Ireland in order to contribute to the future development of Nigeria. Deadline is November 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

2020 Martin Ennals Award: Inviting Human Rights Defenders around the World
Nominations are open for 2020 Martin Ennals Award that is an annual prize for human rights defenders. Deadline: 26 March 2019. Click here to get more information and to nominate a candidate.

International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Annual Jurist Conference 2018

The Annual Jurist Conference powered by ICJ Kenya is scheduled to hold from 20 – 24 November 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of this year is “The State of Judicial Independence in Africa: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities”. You can register here and click here fore more information.

Invitation to 2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

The second session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law will hold at Palais des Nations Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 23 November 2018 with the theme “Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law” Register here. Deadline is 16 November, 2018. Click here for more information.

Tenth Session of Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards Postponed

The 10th session of the committee has been rescheduled. It will now take place from 8 – 19 April 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Register by email registry@ohchr.org Click here for more information

Call for Proposal: Voice’s Empower Beyond Borders! Global Empowerment Grant

Voice is now accepting proposals with “out of the box” project ideas that promote cross-country learning and focus on underrepresented groups within several voice focus region for empowerment grants. These grants are available from €5.000 to € 75.000 for minimum of 12 to maximum of 24 months. Closing date is 9 November, 2018. Click here for more information

Invitation to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference 2019
Invitations are open to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law 2019 conference themed Bribery & Corruption: Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem. The conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 2019. Click here for more information.


Voice Beyond the Incident: Nigeria Sudden Opportunity Grant

Are there sudden manifestations or situation of injustice against person/persons/community? If your answer is yes, apply for the Sudden Opportunity Grant to voice beyond the incident. Deadline for application is 31 December 2018. Click here to find out more

To get your human rights and law related news and events in the LEDAP Newsletter, or to send us your comments and feedback send us an email at info@ledapnigeria.org

Legal Defence & Assistance Project is a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee in Nigeria, engaged in the legal protection and promotion of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Africa. It has observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, and is the West Africa Focal Point for the Coalition for the Effective African Court on Human and Peoples Rights. LEDAP is winner of 2008 MacArthur Award for effective and innovative institution, and 2005 Nigerian Prison Service excellence service award among others. It was founded in 1997 as a network of human rights lawyers defending victims and political prisoners under the then military regime. It currently has its national office in Lagos and zonal offices in Abuja, Yola, Port Harcourt, Oshogbo and Jos. You can find us at ledapnigeria.org

Copyright © 2018, LEDAP NIGERIA All rights reserved.
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PRESS RELEASE: LEDAP DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR ANITA AKAPSON

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RELEASE DATE: 17th OCTOBER 2018.

LEDAP DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR ANITA AKAPSON

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project-LEDAP extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of late Ms. Anita Akapson, and urge them to be strong in this trying time.

The unwarranted killing of Ms. Akapson by an officer of the Police Force is condemnable and highly unacceptable. It is even more worrisome that this sad incident is coming just few months after another police officer shot and killed Ms. Linda Angela Igwetu, a serving NYSC member, for no just cause.

It has become increasingly alarming how police officers, who ought to protect and safeguard the lives and rights of citizens, kill citizens at will. It must be noted that, the Nigerian Police Force has in several cases been indicted for gross violations of Human Rights, with nothing being seen to be done about it, by the authorities.

We therefore call on the Inspector General of Police, the Police Service Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure that all the officers, not just the officer that fired the gun, but all those in the car that trailed, intercepted and blocked the vehicle driven by Late Ms. Akapson, are investigated and prosecuted publicly, so that justice is not only done, but seen to be done.

As an organization committed to the protection and promotion of Human Rights, we shall use every legal means to ensure that those involved in the murders of these two innocent citizens are brought to book.

PRESS STATEMENT

LEDAP TO NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT: ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY NOW!

 

As the world marks the 16th World Day against the Use of the Death Penalty with the theme “Living conditions on death row”, Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP) calls on the Nigerian government to put an end to the use of death penalty, but in the meantime urgently introduce moratorium on sentencing and execution, and improve the conditions of detentions of death row inmates.

Over the years, LEDAP has consistently campaigned for the abolition of the death penalty by providing direct free legal assistance to death row inmates, supporting legislative enactment on moratorium, conducting public poll survey on the use of death penalty and the inhumane living conditions of death row inmates.

Our findings revealed that death row prisoners are subjected to two distinct punishments: the death sentence itself and the prolonged years of living in inhumane conditions that include poor health care, overcrowding, poor feeding and poor medical attention. Prisoners on death-row live in a state of constant uncertainty over their possible date of execution. For some death-row prisoners, the anxiety results in a sharp deterioration in their mental and emotional wellbeing. This manifested in the case of Olatunji Olaide, who was exonerated by Court of Appeal after spending 24 years on death row. Olatunji died shortly after his release from prison due to his terrible ill health and untreated eye condition from prolonged detention.

LEDAP is particularly worried that the appalling prison conditions have serious damaging effects on the mental and physical health of the inmates. These conditions further infringe on their rights, particularly right to human dignity and freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. LEDAP believes that the human rights of death row inmates should be protected at all times. The dignity of the human person must be preserved, both within and outside the prison walls.

LEDAP therefore calls on the Government to respect the sanctity of life, by taking immediate steps to abolish death penalty and replace same with term of years or life imprisonment. In the meantime, Government should provide the necessary infrastructure and facilities needed to cater for the welfare of   death row prisoners.

 

For: Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP)

 

Pamela Okoroigwe

PRESS RELEASE: DEFECTED SENATORS MUST RESIGN FROM THE SENATE

News reports from the National Assembly today indicate that fifteen senators have defected from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). We note that under Section 68 (1)(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), any legislator who defects from the party which sponsored his election to the National Assembly, where there was no division in the party, must vacate his seat in the National Assembly.

The Supreme Court has affirmed this position in a number of cases.  In the case of HON. IFEDAYO ABEGUNDE V. THE ONDO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY-SC.643/2014, the apex court stated thus, “The principles enunciated by this Court in the two cases, Fedeco v Goni supra and AG Federation v Abubakar (supra), is to the effect that only such factionalisation, fragmentation, splintering or “division” that makes it impossible or impracticable for a political party to function as such will, by virtue of the proviso to Section 68(1) (g), justify a person’s defection to another party and the retention of his seat for the unexpired term in the house inspite of the defection. Otherwise, as rightly held by the courts below, the defector automatically looses his seat.”

It must be recalled that in this 8th assembly of the National Assembly, there have been a number of defections from one party to another, even though there has not been division in the APC or PDP to legally warrant or justify the defections. The National Assembly as the law makers of the nation must obey the law.

Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution clearly provides that,  A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if, being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected, Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored”. Therefore any Legislator defecting to another party, must resign, otherwise such legislator will be acting unlawfully and, has no right of vote at the National Assembly. Thus, all Motions or Bills passed by the National Assembly in which such legislator participated in the debate or voted in the passage are null and void.

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project-LEDAP will, if these legislators fail to resign, seek legal action to nullify their continued sitting in the upper chambers and to nullify all Bills and Motions in which they participated or voted.

For: LEDAP – Legal Defence and Assistance Project

 Chino Obiagwu Esq.

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LEDAP Warns Tertiary Institutions Against Post -UTME Screening

The Legal Defence Assistance Project (LEDAP) has warned managers of the nation’s tertiary institutions against conducting the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), warning that there’s a subsisting order of the court against the exercise.

LEDAP, in separate letters to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, alongside heads of Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, obtained by The Guardian said the court had declared the conduct of post-UTME in the nation’s tertiary institutions as illegal.

The letter signed by LEDAP’s National Coordinator, Chino Obiagwu read in part: “It has come to our notice that some universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria are currently selling forms for post-UTME examinations and other screening tests for admission into the institutions. Please take notice that there is a subsisting Judgment of the Federal High Court in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/979/15 between LEDAP and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Minister of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), wherein the court held that only JAMB can conduct examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions by virtue of Section 5 (1) (2) of the agency’s act. Furthermore, the court declared the post-UTME conducted by the institutions as illegal, and further issued a perpetual injunction restraining them from conducting post-UTME or any other form of examination.”

Subsequently, the letter stated that it is a contravention of the order of court for any of the concerned institutions to continue conducting screening tests and demanded that they stop selling these forms and immediately refund all the money collected from candidates.

LEDAP warned that if the erring institutions fail to comply with the court’s directive, it would file a contempt charge against them.

Culled from the Guardian Website.