NEWSLETTER FOR 16TH -20TH APRIL 2018

 

HELLO,
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.
16th – 20th April 2018

“The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

NEWS   


International Criminal Court President Visits Nigeria, Silent on Rome Statute

The President of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Chile Eboe-Osuji, who concluded his official visit to Nigeria last week, has called for the federal government’s support to fight against impunity “for the gravest crimes.” However, he was silent on the domestication of the Rome Statute which Nigeria signed on the 1st June 2000. Read more


Rights Group Seeks Declaration of Emergency on Security

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has called for a state of emergency on security following the recent killings of scores of Nigerians in Taraba, Benue, Kogi and Kaduna and Kwara states. Read more

How Nigerian Senators Spend Multi-Million Naira ‘Jumbo Pay’

“N1.8 million on newspapers. N10 million for domestic trips. N1.5 million to maintain a computer — every three months.” A newly-obtained National Assembly spending document cited these and nine similar expenses as leading justifications for the multi-million naira payouts lawmakers rake in monthly or quarterly as “running cost”. Read more

 

Group Calls for Adeyanju’s Release, Condemns Alleged Police Clampdown on Shia Protesters

Pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, has called for the unconditional release of its convener, Deji Adeyanju who was detained by the Nigerian police on Tuesday, April 16th, 2018. Read more

 

‘No Amount of Killing will Stop Us’: Nigerian Police Open Fire to Disperse Protesters

The Nigerian police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse Shi’ite Muslim protesters marching for their leader’s freedom in the capital on the 16th of April 2018, organizers said at least one demonstrator was killed and several were wounded by gunfire. Read more

El-Zakzaky – 7 Feared Dead As Shi’ites, Security Agents Clash

No fewer than seven persons were feared dead on Monday, 16th April 2018, while 21 others sustained injuries, as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, engaged security operatives in a bloody clash in Abuja. The clash followed demands by the sect members for release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, by the Federal Government. Read more

Senate Confirms Anthony Ojukwu to Head NHRC

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Anthony Ojukwu as the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The confirmation was made after the Senate considered a report from the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, David Umaru (APC, Niger East). Read more

Senate Transmits ‘Not Too Young to Run Bill’ to Buhari for Assent

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to transmit the Age Reduction Bill (Not Too Young to Run Bill) and 11 others, to President Muhammadu Buhari,for assent. Read more

Falana Criticises FG On Shiites, Police Clash

Femi Falana, lawyer and human rights activist in a statement on Monday said security forces breached the fundamental rights of  protesters and that the Federal Government has not given any justifiable reason why it has continued to keep El-zakzaky in custody without trial, despite the court order for his release. Read more

 

Theresa May Urges Nigeria To End Laws Against Same-Sex Marriages 

Speaking at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Prime Minister said the United Kingdom would support any Commonwealth nation seeking to reform  the “outdated” legislation. Read more

Nigerian to Represent Africa On UN Rights Panel

Nigeria’s candidate, Amb. Peters Emuze has been elected to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in a keenly-contested election held at the UN Headquarters, New York. The Correspondent of the Newsmen reports that Emuze was elected for a four-year tenure. Read more

US urges Nigeria to change tactics against Boko Haram

As the United States steps up its military presence in Africa, it hopes to share lessons learned in the Middle East with Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel fighting extremist groups. Read more

Group Writes CPJ Over Detention Of Bayelsa Based Publisher Since 2016

A Bayelsa based community advocacy group, Ondewari Health, Education and Environmental Project (OHEEP), has sent a petition to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ,) over the alleged arrest and continued detention of Chief. Jones Abiri, the publisher of Weekly Source by Department of State Services, (DSS) since 2016. Read more

Desperate for justice, Nigerians Turn to a Radio Station for Help

Amid rampant abuse of  law and power, people in Nigeria are trying a strategy of ‘naming and shaming’ on live radio at the country’s first radio station devoted to human rights. Read more

 

55 Politicians, Others Stole N1.354tn in Eight Years, SERAP Alleges
A new report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has revealed how 55 politicians, high-level public officials and leaders allegedly stole N1.354 trillion between 2006 and 2013 from Nigeria’s treasury. Read more

Court Grants 22 Detained Shiite Protesters Bail

An Abuja Magistrate Court has granted 22 suspected members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites) bail on 19th April 2018. The Shiites were arrested by the Police on 16th April 2018 and accused of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, rioting, causing grievous hurt, amongst other charges. Read more

Get Justice For Shi’a Muslims, Amnesty International Charges Federal Government

Amnesty International Nigeria has asked the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the unlawful killing of more than 350 Shi’a Muslims in the northern city of Zaria in December 2015 to book. Read more

Fishing in Oily Waters – Bodo’s Long, Painful Wait for Pollution Clean-Up

In 2008 and 2009, two incidents of massive oil spills from the Trans-Niger pipeline devastated the Bodo coastline destroying every living thing in the river. Read more

 

Bureau Of Public Procurement To Create Portal For Monitoring Government’s Contracts

The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), has concluded plans to launch a citizen engagement portal that willprovide interested persons with updates on government-approved projects. Read more

 

U.S. Releases Human Rights Report on Nigeria

The U.S. annual report on global human rights violations, released in Washington D.C. on Friday afternoon, said the administration of President Buhari “took steps to investigate alleged abuses, but fewer steps to prosecute officials who committed violations, whether in the security forces or elsewhere in the government”. Read the report here

Lagos Waste: CSNAC asks EFCC to investigate ownership, operation of Visionscape

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), which is a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organizations has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate the ownership and terms of contract of the sanitation cleaning company, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, with the Lagos State government. Read more

 

OPINION 


Clashes Between Police and Nigerian Shiites Rekindle Fears of Radicalization

Over a three-day period in December 2015, Nigerian security forces carried out an operation in the northern town of Zaria that resulted in the deaths of more than 300 civilians, according to an official commission of inquiry. Read more

 

Negotiations with jihadists? A radical idea gains currency in Mali

“The proposal of dialogue is not completely new. It was discussed during the 2017 Conference of National Understanding in Bamako. At the end of the discussions, the participants – about 300 representatives of government, the opposition, armed groups and civil society – called for open meetings to find out what the jihadists really want.” Read more

A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains:  Monitoring of Companies’ Sourcing Practices Should Be Prioritized

“Communities near mines have faced ill-health and environmental harm as mines have polluted waterways with toxic chemicals. And children have risked their lives when working in small-scale mines in Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 


Obiagwu, 63 others nominated for SAN

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, LPPC, have shortlisted  64 lawyers for the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. One of those nominated include, Edmund Chinonye Obiagwu, National Coordinator of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP. Read more

LEDAP Launches Torture Project in Partnership with UNDEF

LEDAP has launched its  Torture Prevention Project Targeting Police – In partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture. The project is aimed at tackling torture and ill treatment in policing. The project will be located Lagos, Adamawa and Yobe States, as well as at the Federal Capital Territory. For more information and the call for expression on interest for the consultancies, reach out to info@ledapnigeria.org or pamela@ledapnigeria.org

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Criminal Justice Reform Committee Unveils Plan to Honour Leading Jurists 

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Criminal Justice Reform Committee has unveiled plans to honour leading jurists and other stakeholders who have distinguished themselves in promoting criminal justice reform in the country. Those to receive the award include LEDAP‘s lead counsel, Mr.Chino Obiagwu. 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

 

LEDAP at the 3rd Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Chino Obiagwu – left
LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr.Chino Obiagwu was in attendance at the 3rd Regional Congress against the death penalty held in Ivory Coast. He spoke on a panel concerning Africans on death row in foreign countries.

LEDAP Launches Torture Project in Partnership with UNDEF
LEDAP has launched its  Torture Prevention Project Targeting Police – In partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture, LEDAP is getting set to launch a project to tackle torture and ill treatment in policing. The project will be located Lagos, Adamawa and Yobe States, as well as at the Federal Capital Territory. For more information and the call for expression on interest for the consultancies, reach out to info@ledapnigeria.org or pamela@ledapnigeria.org

Two Day Consultative Stakeholder Meeting on Strengthening the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Chino Obiagwu – 3rd right

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) in partnership with TrustAfrica held a two day consultative meeting with stakeholders on “Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice and Enhancing Access to Justice in the West Africa Sub-Region” The event held from the 11th to the 12th of April 2018 at Rockview Hotels, Abuja. LEDAP’S lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu who is also the Chair, Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court(NCICC), convened the meeting.

 

PeepIntoTheLaw   


Supreme Court Voids Sack of 860 Nigerians by Mobil After 18 years

The Supreme Court on Friday reinstated over 860 Nigerians sacked by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited employed before the year 2000, as security officers.In a unanimous decision of five justices, the Supreme Court held that it was illogical and without legal backing for Mobil to have employed the Nigerians and sought to offload them to the Nigeria Police through the back door. Read more

Three Condemned to Death in Bayelsa for Kidnapping

The Supreme Court on Friday reinstated over 860 Nigerians sacked by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited employed before the year 2000, as security officers.In a unanimous decision of five justices, the Supreme Court held that it was illogical and without legal backing for Mobil to have employed the Nigerians and sought to offload them to the Nigeria Police through the back door. 

Lagos Chief Judge Launches Small Claims Court

As part of efforts to fast track justice delivery in commercial disputes involving small claims, the Lagos State Judiciary, on Monday inaugurated Small Claims Courts. Read more

 

EVENTS  


Nigeria To Host 3rd International Chamber of Commerce Africa Conference On International Arbitration In Lagos

This conference will provide an indispensable update on developments in the region and will be the most important gathering for the African arbitration community. The conference will hold from the 18th – 20th June 2018. For early bird registration click here

NIALS Offers Alternative Dispute Resolution, Dispute Management And Negotiation Skills Course

The Course is to expose lawyers in the private and public sector to the simple use of ADR as a means to resolving disputes other than the traditional court and administrative forums. It will provide insight into the Law and Practice of Arbitration in Nigeria and the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards. The course will hold at Ayo Ajomo Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos Akoka, Lagos from the 2nd – 4th May, 2018. Read more here

Facebook: Seeking Proposals for Global Literacy & Accessibility Challenge Grants

In order to better understand and address global literacy and accessibility issues, Facebook is currently inviting the academic community to respond to a call for research proposals in the field of literacy and accessibility. Read more

 

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