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.
18th-22nd June 2018 2018

“No one leaves home, unless home is the mouth of a shark”” – 

Warsan Shire


Suicide Blasts in Borno Kills at Least 31

Suspected Boko Haram jihadists killed at least 31 people in a twin suicide bomb attack on a town in northeast Nigeria. Read more


SERAP Institutes Court Suit Against Fashola Over ‘Corrupt, Unlawful’ Privatisation Of Electricity Sector

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Minister of Power, Works and Housing over his “failure to account for the spending on the privatisation of the electricity sector” Read more

Cameroon like Nigeria Denies Amnesty Report
Authorities have denied claims by Amnesty International that Cameroon security forces were indiscriminately killing, arresting and torturing people in the English speaking area. Amnesty International alleged in its recent report similar to that of Nigeria that Cameroon forces were committing the crimes in the strife-hit English speaking Northwest and Southwest regions. Read more

NGO Showcases Achievement Working with Marginalized Populations in Nigeria

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Heartland Alliance International Nigeria (HAI), has given a report card of its intervention programmes aimed “at mitigating the physiological, psycho social and economic impact of those living with HIV/AIDS and, the injustices and abuses suffered by marginalized, vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations including men, women, youths, and key population groups across Nigeria.” Read more


Nigerian Police have Arrested a 100+ LGBTQ Persons
Reports state that police in the Nigerian city of Asaba recently conducted a mass arrest of gays and lesbians at that city’s Delta Park Hotel. The raid is reported to have happened at or around 2 a.m. on June 11. Human rights groups are outraged. Of the arrested persons, it is said that some of them have already given statements to the police. These people have been granted bail. Read more
U.S. Announces Its Withdrawal From U.N. Human Rights Council
After more than a year of complaints and warnings, the Trump administration has announced that the United States is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Read more
Abia Women Solicit Police Support to End Baby Factory, Trafficking, Human Rights Abuse
Coalition of Abia women are seeking the assistance of the State Police Command in their effort to end increasing growth of evil business of baby factory, rising incidence of human rights abuse, rape, forced prostitution and trafficking. Read more
UN Tasks Nigeria on Stigmatisation of ‘Boko Haram Wives, Children’
The UN has urged the Nigerian authorities to give more attention to protecting the girls and children, who were victims of sexual violence and abuse by the Boko Haram terrorists. Read more
Saudi Arabia Arrests More Women’s Rights Activists
Saudi authorities have arrested two more women’s rights activists in what appears to be an unrelenting crackdown on the women’s rights movement, Human Rights Watch reported. Saudi activists have reported that the authorities have placed travel bans on numerous others since May 15. Read more
ERA/FoEN Sensitises Niger Delta Youths On Environmental Rights
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, has organised a training on “Rights, Environmental Laws and Conventions” for youths in the Nigeria Delta. Over 100 youths drawn from the eight local government areas of the predominantly coastal state, participated in the two-day training in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Read more
UNIC Task Nigerians on Respect for Human Rights
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) has urged Nigerians to respect one another’s rights regardless of their differences in language, faith, tribe, geographical location or political affiliation. Read more
Human Rights Commission to Checkmate Violations at Nigeria’s Detention Centers
The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Tony Ojukwu stated that the Commission will commence the audit of detention centres across the country as from June 2018. Read more
Water Sanitation, Hygiene Can Address Malnutrition in Nigeria
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stated that access to portal water, improved sanitation and hygiene can prevent children from diarrhea and malnutrition. It said poor access to portable water, open defecation and lack of proper hygiene have been linked to increase diarrhea diseases, which in turn affects the nutritional status of children, especially those below five years of age. Read more
Budget Cut – National Assembly Committed Crimes Against Humanity, Says SERAP
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has accused the National Assembly of “apparently engaging in crimes against humanity and Nigerians by unilaterally cutting funding for critical projects such as health, water, education, housing and security, and replacing such projects with their own personal projects totaling 6,403 projects and amounting to N578 billion.” Read more
OCHA Releases Situation Update on North-East Nigeria for January – May 2018
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has released its situation update for North East Nigeria or the months of January to May. The focuses on the themes of food security, health, nutrition, shelter, water sanitation & hygiene. Read the full report here
NHRC Calls For Prioritization of Child Rights in National/State Budgets
As Nigeria joins the rest of the African continent to celebrate the 2018 Day of the African Child, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq has called for the prioritization of child rights issues in both national and state budgets. Read more



Leave No Girl Behind in Africa
Discrimination in Education against Pregnant Girls and Adolescent Mothers

The African continent has the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world, according to the United Nations. Every year, thousands of girls become pregnant at the time when they should be learning history, algebra, and life skills. Adolescent girls who have early and unintended pregnancies face many social and financial barriers to continuing with formal education. Read more

Human Rights Are Not a Luxury − Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, U.N. high commissioner for human rights

 “We are moving backward to an era of contempt for the rights of people who have been forced to flee their homes, because the threats they face there are more dangerous even than the perils of their voyage. Backward to a time when military operations could deliberately target civilians and civilian sites such as hospitals, and chemical gases were openly used for military purposes and against innocent families.”  Read more

The Cattle Conflict Pushing Nigeria to the Edge of a Religious Civil War

“Across Africa’s most populous country, an undeclared war, triggered in part by climate change and fought over cattle, has turned Muslims and Christians against each other in a confrontation so bitter it threatens to tear Nigeria apart.” Read more



LEDAP Partners With NHRC and NCAT for “Walk Against Torture”

June 26 marks the International in Support of Victims of Torture. In light of this LEDAP will partner with the National Human Rights Commission and the National Committee Against Torture to host a “Walk Against Torture” in the capital of the country, FCT-Abuja.

LEDAP at Makwanyane Institute Workshop

LEDAP Representative, Mrs.Joke Aladesanmi 3rd from left

A representative from LEDAP will be at this year’s Makwanyane Institute workshop. The workshop is an intensive training workshop for capital defenders, that will take place from June 18 to 28, 2018. Follow the training with #makwanyaneinstitute on twitter and find out more here


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


Court Dismisses Nigerian Govt’s Suit Seeking Forfeiture of Accounts not Linked to BVN

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has dismissed a suit filed by the federal government seeking permanent forfeiture of accounts not linked to Bank Verification Number (BVN). Justice Nnamdi Dimgba dismissed the motion on notice seeking permanent forfeiture of accounts without BVN in a judgment he delivered on Friday. Read more


Bonga Oil Spill: Court Upholds Federal Government’s $3.6b Fine on Shell

The Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed a suit by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd challenging the imposing of $3.6billion penalty on it by the Federal Government. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun resolved all the issues in the defendant’s favour and dismissed the suit. Shell sued the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), challenging its powers to impose levies or fines over oil spills. Read more


Court Sentences Policeman to Death over Unlawful Killing
Nasarawa State High Court, has sentenced to death by hanging a Police sergeant, Vincent Manu for the offence of culpable homicide. Read more



UN Human Rights Council – 38th Session

The 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will be held from 18 June – 6 July 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. During the session, high-level discussions will be held on various human rights related issues, such as the right to privacy, rights of persons with disabilities, rights of minorities, and rights of children. Watch the sessions live here

Danish Refugee Council Recruting

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. They are currently recruiting in various positions. Find out more about the vacancies and deadlines here


IDRC Research Awards 2018 for Research Internships

The International Development Research Center Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration. The award is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university. The deadline is 5th September 2018Read more

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