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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


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


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 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


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.


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: 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 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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