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–18th May 2018

“A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.” – Ramsey Clark



Conduct Post-UTME Tests, Risk Court Contempt, LEDAP warns Varsities

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project, has warned tertiary institutions against conducting post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination tests for candidates seeking admission. LEDAP, in an open letter by its National Coordinator, Mr. Chino Obiagwu, warned that any tertiary institution conducting post-UTME test risked being cited for contempt of court. Read more

Annual ICC- NGO Roundtable

As part of the ongoing dialogue between the International Criminal Court and Non-Governmental Organiations, the annual ICC-NGO roundtable kicked off on the 14th of May 2018 at the seat of the Court in The Hague. ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the Court’s Registrar Peter Lewis opened the first day of meetings attended by NGO representatives coming from across the world.

2018 Global Report on Internal Displacement 

Conflict and disasters displaced 30.6 million people within their own countries last year, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Click here for the full report.


NHRC Releases Directives on Treatment of Accused Persons & Suspects by Law Enforcement Officers

The National Human Rights Commission has released a directive on how accused persons and suspects should be treated by law enforcement officers. Disobedience to the directives of the Commission attracts a punishment of 6 months imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 or both under the NHRC Act 1995 as amendedRead more


SERAP Petitions UN over Nigerian Government’s Disobedience of Court rulings and Orders
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned Mr. Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers requesting him to use his office to prevail on the Nigerian government to end its persistent disobedience of court rulings and orders. Read more

Human Rights Abuses Remain Unreported – ICIR

At a one-day workshop on human rights reporting for journalists and civil society organisations in Abuja, The International Centre for Investigative Reporting condemned the level of human rights abuses reportage in Nigeria. The centre said most human rights abuses remain unreported by the media. Read more

UN Holds Special Session

The United Nations held a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The session was held on the 18th May 2018, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein released a statement condemning the events in Gaza. Read more

Germany to Return 30,000 Nigerian Migrants

Germany has proposed a new process that will facilitate the smooth repatriation of over 30,000 illegal Nigerian migrants back to the country. Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said this when he received the Security Adviser to the President of Germany, Dr Jan Hecker, and his team in Abuja. Read more

Rights Groups Seek Prosecution of Gambian ex-leader in Ghana

A survivor, families of the disappeared and human rights organizations are seeking the extradition and prosecution in Ghana of Gambia’s former leader Yahya Jammeh for alleged direct involvement in the killing of more than 50 West African migrants in 2005. Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International on Wednesday called on Ghana’s government to investigate new evidence they say ties Jammeh to the killings of Ghanaians and others. Read more


UNHCR, NHCR Urge Nigerian Military to Improve Human Rights Record

The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHCR) have urged the Nigerian military to improve its human rights records, especially in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the North-east. Read more

Troops Trained on Human Right Protection

Recent partnership between the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the National Human Rights Commission (NHCR) to improve the mainstreaming of Human Rights and civilian protection into Counter Insurgency Operations in the North East is yielding positive results, as troops gathered together on the 17th of May 2018 for training on the protection of Human Rights. Read more

Human Rights Campaign Commemorates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

HRC marked the observance of the 2018 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) by spotlighting global challenges to LGBTQ equality and calling out the Trump-Pence Administration for turning a blind eye to the oppression and abuse of LGBTQ people around the globe. Read more

UNICEF To Support Treatment Of 279,542 Malnourished Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Children Investment Foundation Fund (CIFF) has pledged to support Kaduna State Government to treat no fewer than 279,542 severe acute malnourished children in the state. Read more


ECOWAS Court Orders Federal Government to Pay Abuse Victim N50m

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States presided over by Justice Wilkins Wright, has ordered the Federal Government to pay a domestic violence victim, Mary Sunday, the sum of N50m as compensation for her pains. While handing down the judgment in Abuja, the regional court said that the government failed to investigate the matter when it happened and also provide the lady access to justice as guaranteed under the law. Read more



Nigerian Refugees’ Human Rights Lawsuit against Italy, could set Precedent

The lawsuit filed by a group of Nigerian refugees who said Italy put their lives at risk and violated their human rights through its support and supply of Libyan marine officials is the first of its kind, and could set a precedent for similar cases in the future, analysts say. Read more


Terrorists Are Not the Only Ones Exploiting Ungoverned Spaces Across Nigeria

“There has been a wave of recent killings in the Middle Belt and in northwestern Nigeria, regions where Boko Haram does not routinely operate. The killings are often the result of quarrels over land use, referred to as “herder-farmer conflicts,” cattle rustling and other criminal activity, and reprisal attacks.” Read more

Beyond the Ban on Codeine

“Nevertheless, the real work is to design a sustainable and holistic approach that tackles drug abuse right from the source. We must discard the temptation and cosmetic approach of always treating the symptoms rather than the disease.” Read more

How Data Can Beat Poverty

“Understanding the poor is a hard enough task in any country, but Nigeria further complicates it with our large, ethnically and regionally fragmented population. This makes it hard to design or implement one-size-fits-all policies.” Read more



LEDAP Speaks with Human Rights Watch on What the ICC Means for  Human Rights

As the Rome Statute reaches twenty, the Human Rights Watch spoke to two leading activists, Chino Obiagwu, LEDAP’S lead counsel and Amal Nassar of the International Federation for Human Rights about why the International Criminal Court matters today to the fight to protect human rights. Watch the discussion here.

LEDAP Anti-Torture Training for Police Officers Continues 

LEDAP’s training of police officers is still ongoing in various police commands. Police officers are being trained on  torture prevention strategies, human rights and sexual and gender based violence norms.  The training is part of LEDAP’s  Torture Prevention Project Targeting Police in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture. For live updates on the training, follow our twitter page @ledapnigeria


LEDAP Writes Open Letter to Universities & Polytechnics on Post-UTME

Based on LEDAP’s recent court judgment gotten at 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 the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) can conduct matriculation examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions. LEDAP has written to inform Universities and Polytechnics that it would be in breach of the court order if they continue to conducting Post-UTME tests. Read more

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



Otokoto Ritual Murder: Supreme Court frees suspect, Ajaegbu, 22 years after

22 years after, the Supreme Court, on Friday, freed Mr. Alban Ajaegbu, who was one of the accused persons in the celebrated ‘Otokoto’ ritual murder of 11-year-old Ikechukuwu Okoronkwo.  Ajaegbu who was said to have worked as a gardener at the hotel,  was discharged and acquitted of the crime by the Supreme Court on Friday. The apex court, in a unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of Justices, held that circumstantial evidence the trial court relied upon to convict and sentence him to death by hanging, was not sufficient.  Read more


Developer Found Guilty on 267 Count Charge for Duping 133 Tenants of N25m

An Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, has sentenced a property developer, Alhaji Ayobami Oseni, to 2,670 years imprisonment for duping 133 accommodation seekers of N25 million. Chief Magistrate O. O. Olatunji convicted Oseni following his plea of guilty to 267 counts of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretenses and stealing. He sentenced Oseni to 10 years imprisonment with no option of fine on each of the 267 counts. The sentences are to run concurrently.  Read more

What Happens Where Both Parties Laying Claim To A Land Fail To Prove Title To The Land?

The Court of Appeal in the recent case of GWAMILE v. IDIH & ANOR (2018) LPELR-44139(CA) addressed the question of what happens when neither party proves title to land. OTISI, J.C.A. while delivering the leading judgment in this appeal; stated that  “Where both parties are unable to satisfactorily and conclusively prove title to the disputed land, the trial Judge would usually proceed to decide the case on the basis of numerous and positive acts of possession and ownership”. Read more


United Arab Emirates and Nigeria Exchange Instruments of Ratification on Judicial Agreements

The agreements were signed between both countries regarding the apprehension of criminals, extraditing convicted persons, providing mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, as well as for legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters, according to UAE state news agency WAM. The agreements between the countries will be effective as of 13 June 2018. Read more



Nigerian National Human Rights Commission, Journal Call for Papers

The Editorial Committee of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission Journal, a publication of the National Human Rights Commission, invites scholarly full length articles, commentaries and notes on contemporary issues of human rights for the 8th edition of the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission Journal. Papers received on or before the 28th of July 2018 will be considered for publication. Read more

University of Lagos To Hold Faculty Of Law 2018 Annual Lecture
The theme of this year’s Annual Lecture is “ The Rule of Law as Panacea for Peace, Security and Good Governance in a Democracy”  The event will hold at the J.F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos on the 31st of May at 11:00am, Walter Onnoghen, GCON Chief Justice of Nigeria will be the guest speaker at the event.

2018 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent

The Fellowship Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 June 2018. Read more

Countering Violent Extremism West Africa

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa Regional Peace and Governance Office (RPGO) seeks to award up to four (4) Cooperative Agreements to research and pilot Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) approaches in West Africa under this Annual Program Statement (APS). The APS will feature elements of co-creation that will provide direct engagement of USAID in the design of applications following the presentation of concept notes. The maximum award amount is not expected to exceed US$1,500,000 or duration of two years. Read more


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