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.
14th-20th October 2018

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”

— Nelson Mandela


ECOWAS Court Laments Human Rights Abuse in Nigeria, Ghana, Others
The President of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Court of Justice, Justice Edward Asante, has described as “serious” the issue of human rights abuse in Nigeria and Ghana, among others, particularly the attack on journalists by some governments through their various state apparatus. Read more

Missing General: NHRC Advises Army on Human Rights Violation

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has advised the Nigerian Army to respect human rights while searching for missing Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali (retd). Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Anthony Ojukwu, gave the advice when he visited Maj.-Gen. Benson Akinroluyo, General Commanding Officer (GOC), 3 Division of the Nigerian Army in Rukuba, Plateau. Read more

FG Restates Commitment to Robust Reform SARS
Federal government has restated its commitment to reforming the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) personnel for improved security in the country. The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice-President, Ademola Ipaye said this at the Expert Roundtable on the “Reform of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad(F-SARS) and the Role of External Accountability Agencies” in Abuja. Read more

Ibori drags UK to European Court of Human Rights

Former Delta State Governor, James Onanefe Ibori, has instructed his lawyers to drag the United Kingdom to the Court of Appeal at the European Court of Human Rights. This was contained in a statement on Wednesday signed by his media aide, Tony Eluemunor. Read more

NHRC Requests NAN Collaboration In Fight Against Human Rights Violation

The National Human Rights Commissioner (NHRC) on Thursday sought the collaboration of the NIGERIA NEWS in its fight against human right violation in Nasarawa State. The State Coordinator of NHRC, Mr Chia Shaku, called for the collaboration when he visited NAN office in Lafia, Nasarawa capital. Read more

Gov. Okowa Adds Voice to End Death Penalty in Nigeria
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday added his voice to the call to end death sentences in the country.The governor made the call when he received members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy led by William Alo. Read more

CP to FSARS: Respect Rights
After one-month intensive training, 140 officers have graduated in “Advanced Human Rights and Community Policing Standards”. The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, challenged the graduating officers and men to be good ambassadors of the Nigeria Police Force by promoting human rights in all their activities. Read more

Buhari’s Travel Ban on 50 High-profile Nigerians Generates Controversy
After the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja affirmed the constitutionality of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order 6 last Thursday, he went a step further to declare travel ban on over 50 high-profile Nigerians facing corruption allegations. Read more

Nigeria: Day of the Girl-Child – Over 90% Girls Face Abuse and Exploitation, UN Warns
Over 90 percent of adolescent girls may face little or no pay, abuse and exploitation when they start working. The United Nations stated this at this year’s International Day of the Girl Child. Read more


Implications of Ban Placed on 50 Nigerians from Travelling Abroad, by Lawyers

I think the federal government has overreached what the judgment it is claiming to have on that executive order. The government has over extended that judgment. That judgment certainly does not give FG power to violate the right of any individual. 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

Is FG’s Travel Ban on 50 Nigerians Appropriate?
It is an illegal act, and a descent to totalitarianism. The constitution of Nigeria guarantees freedom of movement for every citizen, and only a court of law can restrict a citizen’s movement either by conviction or restriction. 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 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

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

LEDAP Seeks Court Order Abolishing Post-JAMB Test
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking an order that POST-UTME tests conducted by Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges before admitting students are illegal and should be abolished. Read more

Stakeholders Brainstorm On NBA’s Pro Bono Project
The event supported by the European Union through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was attended by vice chairmen of various NBA branches, non-governmental organisations working in the justice sector, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), representatives of the UNODC as well as officials of the national Bar. Read more

Workshop For the Magistracy on the Effective Implementation of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011
LEDAP, in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, organized a workshop for the Magistracy on the effective implementation of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011 at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka on Friday 17 June, 2016. 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

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging the Conferment Of Rank Of SAN On Toyin Bashorun

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Apo has held that the suit seeking to challenge the conferment of the rank of SAN on Ms. Oluwatoyin Bashorun lacks merit. Read more

Suspected Fake Lawyer Arrested in Enugu Court

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested one Festus Ozonwanji, for allegedly claiming to be a lawyer in court. The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in a statement on Saturday said that the suspect was arrested on Oct. 11. Read more

Court Rules That NBA’s Consent Is Not Necessary To Register A Lawyers’ Association At The CAC
Justice Babs O. Kuewunmi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos state has declared that consent of the Nigerian Bar Association is not a constitutional condition precedent to the formation of an association of specialist lawyers in Nigeria. 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.
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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 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

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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

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