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.
8th-12th October 2018

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”

— Frederick Douglass


Defection: Court summons Saraki, Dogara, Akpabio, 52 others

The court, in a suit initiated by an advocacy group—the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) said Saraki and 55 others must appear before it to explain why they would not forfeit their seats in accordance with Section 68 following their defection to other political parties. Read more

Nigeria’s 100-Year-Old Death-Row Inmate Seeking Pardon

Death-row inmate Celestine Egbunuche has been dubbed Nigeria’s “oldest prisoner” amid a campaign calling for his release. He is 100-years-old and has spent 18 years in jail after being found guilty of organising a murder. Read more

Nigerian lawyer, Adeola Oyinlade, wins International Bar Association’s Human Rights Award 2018

A Nigerian human rights lawyer, Mr. Adeola Austin Oyinlade, has been declared winner of the International Bar Association’s Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Legal Practitioner to Human Rights for 2018. This was contained in a press statement by Constitutional Rights Nigeria, CRALI. Read more

Human rights violation getting worse in Nigeria, others – CSOs

Human rights violation in Nigeria and other African countries is not abating, rather perpetrators have become more daring as they violate the rights of citizens, civil society organisations from West and Central African countries have said. Read more

No More Justification for Death Sentence in Nigeria – Group

An advocacy group, Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) has said there is no longer any justification for Nigerian judges to continue to pass death sentence on convicts in the country. Read more

Nigeria Not Practising Women Equality-Prof. Ezeilo

Prof. Joy Ezeilo, says Nigeria is not practicing women equality in terms of justice and opportunity as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR 1948). Ezeilo, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, made the disclosure in Enugu on Thursday while delivering the 144th Inaugural Lecture of the University. Read more

Probe of Rights Abuses in Nigeria Ends Soon, Says ICC
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said its investigation of human rights violation in Nigeria would end soon.
It stated that investigators would in no time submit their findings on the inquiries initiated against the country over alleged gross abuse of citizens’ rights. Read more

Group Seeks Ends to Death Penalty

A Lagos-based human rights group, Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP), yesterday urged the federal and state governments to put an end to death penalty in the country. In statement signed by its Senior Legal Officer, Pamela Okoroigwe, to commemorate the 16th World Day against the Use of the Death Penalty Read more

Group Decries Incessant Violation of Human Rights in Nigeria

A Pan-African group, PANAF has decried incessant abuse of human rights in the country and Africa at large. The Coordinator, PANAF Project on Consolidating Civil Society Participation in translating African Human Rights Standards to Practice, Prof. Solomon Ebobrah, said undue detention of people despite court orders have been on increase. Read more

NHRC Expresses Concerns Over Lack of Awareness on Freedom of Information Act

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has raised concern over lack of awareness on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) among Nigerians. Mr Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of the commission said this on Monday in Abuja, when he received the visiting AU envoy and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Mr Lawrence Mute in Abuja. Read more

Nigeria: Rights Commission to Check Violation in 2019 Elections
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is partnering with Human Rights Advancement and Advocacy Centre, an NGO to check human rights violations before, during and after the 2019 general elections. Read more


Is Education a Future Investment?
Education was adopted as a basic human right since the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Right (UDHR). In Nigeria, education policies and operations are overseen by the Ministry of Education. The state of the education in a given country is a determinant of growth Read more

Addressing The Culture Of Impunity In Nigeria

The observation made recently by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onoghen, that it would be impossible to stage a successful anti-corruption war in the country without a corresponding fight against the culture of impunity is alarming. Read more

The Need to Reform the Justice Sector in Nigeria

Stakeholders present at the CLEEN foundation 1st Kaduna State quarterly working group meeting on the Administration of Criminal Justice on 25th of September, 2018 unanimously agreed that the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice indeed intends to fasten up criminal proceedings in Nigeria… Read more

Judiciary Still in Search of Solution to Delayed Justice
As shown by the statistics supplied annually by various courts, the best efforts of the judges can hardly reduce the backlog of court cases which continues to impede speedy and effective justice administration in Nigeria and prepare the ground for judicial corruption. 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

LEDAP Holds Interactive Session on Twitter to Commemorate World Day Against The Death Penalty

On 10 October 2018, LEDAP held a live, interactive chat on twitter with Collins Okeke, Senior Legal Officer at HURILAWS, in commemoration of the 16th World Day Against The Death Penalty. The theme of this year’s World Day Against the Death Penalty is Dignity For All: Living Conditions of Death Row Inmates. Click here to view the conversation.


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

One-Day Strategic Roundtable And Training On The Moratorium Of The Death Penalty In Nigeria

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Nigeria anti-Death Penalty Group (NDEPELG) held a one-day strategic roundtable on evaluating and revising the punitive aspects of justice administration in Delta State on the 12th of November 2015. LEDAP, a member of the group, has in the past 10years implemented projects on improvement of criminal justice administration in Nigeria through trainings and introduction of good practices in criminal case management. 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

LEDAP Commends President Goodluck Jonathan For Signing The Administration Of Criminal Justice Bill (ACJ Bill) To Law

LEDAP today May 27, 2015, laud the President’s landmark act of signing the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill (ACJ Bill) into law. The Law will no doubt significantly tackle the challenges in our Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria. Read more


Agreements in Nigeria Do Not Require Signatures of Notaries Public or Magistrates or Court Staff to be Legal and Binding

Legality of agreement is not based on stamping or singing of agreement by a court staff magistrate Notary Public. Agreement will be legal where parties who are adults and sane have agreed on a lawful transaction. Even where there is an illiterate in the agreement the person writing the agreement can state so and does not need to go to court for Magistrate or any court staff. Read more

Court strikes out suit against Buhari, others over Judges’ arrest

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday struck out the suit filed against President Muhammadu Buhari and five others, challenging the October 8, 2016, arrest and detention of two Justices of the Supreme Court and four others by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS). Read more

Court Sentences Man to 10 Years for Stabbing Brother to Death

Justice Raliat Adebiyi sentenced the convict after finding him guilty of a one count charge of involuntary manslaughter, stabbing his younger brother, Chibuke Abakwe to death. The convict was arraigned in 2013 for murder and he pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against him by the state government. 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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ICJ Annual Jurist Conference 2018

The Annual Jurist Conference powered by International Criminal Justice (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

World Peace Initiative: Community Awareness Grant for Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs

The World Peace Initiative Foundation (WPI) has announced its Community Awareness Grant for Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs to support projects that bring positive change in society and promote mindfulness and meditation as tools to improve the quality of life of people. Deadline for submission is 20 October, 2018. 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.

2018 Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS IV)
Registration is ongoing for the 2018 Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS IV). The two-day conference themed “Accountability & Transparency in the Education Sector: Issues Challenges and Opportunities” is scheduled to hold on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. Register here or send an email to 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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