Newsletter for 19th – 23rd March 2018


Welcome to another edition of 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.
19th – 23rd March 2018

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King



Group Writes UN, Wants Herdsmen Attacks Treated As Terrorism

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the UN Security Council and its members urging them to: “treat the atrocities by herdsmen as terrorist acts, in line with the UN Security Council resolution 2349 (2017), which addresses Boko Haram’s presence in the Lake Chad Basin and calls on all states to combat all forms and manifestations of terrorism….” Read more

Falana Faults NNPC’s Rejection of FOI Request – Refusal to Disclose Financial Details

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, on Sunday criticised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), for rejecting a Freedom of Information request on its operations and finances. Read more

Islamic State Faction in Nigeria Follows Boko Haram’s Playbook: Kidnapping SchoolgirlsAccording to the Wall Street Journal  ISIS West Africa Faction and not  Boko Haram was responsible for kidnapping the Dapchi Girls. Read more

President, VP, Governors, Legislators should Disclose Salaries 

The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Kaduna State, Shehu Sani, yesterday charged Nigerians to demand for compulsory disclosure of salaries and allowances of the President, Vice President. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, governors, state legislators and chairmen of councils. Read more

LITE-Africa, CFLI Partner on Security, Human RightsThe Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITEAfrica) which, true to its objectives, held a two-day sensitization workshop on Voluntary Principles (VP) and United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Security and Human Rights, in Abuja. LITE-Africa, with support from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI), is implementing what is termed, the Strengthening Voluntary Principles in-country Implementation in Nigeria. Read more

Nigerian Army Failed to Act on Warnings before Schoolgirls Abducted, Amnesty says

Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian army of failing to act on “advance warnings” given a few hours before Boko Haram militants abducted 110 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria last month. Read more

Thousands of Anglophone Cameroonians Continue to Flee to Nigeria

Thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians continue to flee violent crackdowns by government forces. The U.N. refugee agency has registered more than 20,000 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria’s Cross River, Taraba, Benue and Akwa-Ibom states. An overwhelming majority are women and children. Read more


Nigerians Berate FG, DSS over Abduction of Lagos Port WorkerSome Nigerians have berated the Federal Government after operatives of the Department of State Services, Lagos State Command, allegedly abducted a port worker, Moruf Ajao, in the Aguda, Surulere area of Lagos. They said the act was a backward step to the military era when there was disregard for the constitution, rule of law and human rights. Read more

UN Says Executions, Torture, Slave Markets Persist In Libya 
Armed groups continue to  execute and torture civilians in Libya in almost complete impunity seven years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday. Libyans and migrants are often held incommunicado in arbitrary detention in appalling conditions, and reports persist of captured migrants being bought and sold on “open slave markets”, the UN said in a report to the Human Rights Council. Read more

Justice Ministry, Women Affairs Pledge Commitment to the Passage of Disability Bill into LawFederal Ministries of Justice, Women Affairs and Social Development on Tuesday in Abuja respectively pledged renewed commitments to the passage of the Nigerian Disability Bill into law. Read more

How 104 Abducted Dapchi Girls Regained Freedom

The Federal Government yesterday explained that the release of 104 out of the 110 Dapchi schoolgirls abducted last month by the Boko Haram sect was secured through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country. Read more

Human Rights Watch Warns Libya To Resist Rushing Into Elections

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday warned Libya to resist rushing into elections this year because the country is too violent and authorities cannot guarantee freedom of assembly or free speech, which are essential for a vote. Read more

Presidential Committee Frees 80 prisoners in Jigawa

No fewer than 80 inmates were set free from prison by the presidential committee on prisons reform and decongestion in Jigawa State. The prisoners who were serving different terms convicted on civil and criminals cases regained their freedom after their individual fines were settled. Read more

Cambridge Analytica’s Ruthless Bid to Sway the Vote in Nigeria

“It was the kind of campaign that was our bread and butter,” says one ex-employee. “We’re employed by a billionaire who’s panicking at the idea of a change of government and who wants to spend big to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Read more

NBA, NGO Signs MoU On Pro Bono Legal Services In Nigeria
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Friday in Abuja, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote free legal services in Nigeria with the Justice Research Institute, an NGO. Read more

Nigerian Anti-Corruption Group wins UN Award

A Nigerian anti-corruption youth group, the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC), has emerged the winner of the Innovative Category of the first UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Awards. Read more


Should Nigeria have a Sex Offender Registry?
“If we have a registry that one can go quietly, report and register one’s complaint and the offender is invited for interrogation and when found culpable, he or she is punished; victims will be interested in reporting their ordeal to relevant authorities and seek help.” Read more

Where Is the Gold From?

This week is the start of Baselworld, one of the world’s largest jewelry and watch fairs. Visitors will learn a lot about new watch and jewelry design. But how much will they hear about the human rights conditions under which gold and other minerals for jewelry and watches have been mined? Read more


Fighting corruption: Time for Nigeria to Take the Gloves off “Nigeria is making significant inroads into the fight against corruption. Charges are being brought against people in Nigeria for corruption and fraud allowing significant amounts of cash to be recovered.” Read more  

Time To Re-Think Opposition To LGBT RightsThe Nigerian state continues to oppose same-sex marriage and the respect for human rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) persons locally and internationally. Read more


Participation in NBA’s Criminal Justice Confab

LEDAP will participate in the Nigerian Bar Association’s  Criminal Justice Confab holding on the 25th-26th of April. LEDAP’s lead counsel Chino Obiagwu, who is also the alternate chair of the NBA Human Rights Institute, will be speaking on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law and state level lessons at the forthcoming high level conference on criminal justice reform. To register and find out more, click 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

LEDAP and Imo State Judiciary ACJA Bill Workshop
 In the last week of April 2018, LEDAP will partner with the Imo State Judiciary to hold a two day stakeholders workshop towards the  adoption of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in Imo state.


LEDAP Undertakes a Baseline Assessment of the Rate of Compliance & Awareness  of the  ACJA in the F.C.T.  

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project in partnership with the E.U funded Rule of Law (RoLAC) programme and the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) recently began a practitioner survey to identify the level of awareness and the extent of implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in the Federal Capital Territory. Read more

LEDAP’S Suit Against the Securities and Exchange Commission & 1 Other, Adjourned for Judgement

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project on the 20th of January, 2016 filed an action at the Investment and Securities Tribunal against the Security and Exchange Commission and The Nigerian Stock Exchange challenging the power of the Security and Exchange Commission in allowing states government raise bonds in the open market. Read more

LEDAP Submits Universal Periodic Review Report on  the Human Rights Situation in Nigeria

LEDAP has submitted a Universal Periodic Review Report on  the Human Rights Situation in Nigeria to the Office of the Human Rights Council. The report focuses on issues such as, Unlawful Arrests and Detention, Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment, Enforced Disappearance, Detention Incommunicado, Death in Detention, Extra Judicial Killings and the Slow Judicial Process in the Prosecution of Fundamental Human Rights Cases in Court.

LEDAP Writes Attorney General of the Federation for Release of Suspects Discharged by the Court
About 800 Boko Haram suspects were discharged by the Court during the second phase of the trial of Boko Haram Suspects held from the 12th to the 16th of February 2018 at Wawa Military Cantonment, Kinji, Niger State for want of sufficient evidence to charge them to court. However, these persons are still being detained at the detention center. LEDAP has written to the Attorney General of the Federation demanding the unconditional release of these detainees.


Court Stops Lagos State Government from Enforcing Hotel Tax Law

The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Lagos State Government from enforcing the provisions of its new Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017. The law introduced a five per cent consumption tax in addition to a five per cent Value Added Tax on every purchase or service rendered by hotels, restaurants, fast food outlets, event centres, bars and nightclubs. Read more

Obaseki signs Edo Criminal Justice Administration Bill into Law 

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has signed the Edo State Criminal Justice Administration Bill into Law.
Obaseki, who assented to the bill at the Government House, in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Tuesday, said, “The law would strengthen the protection of the rights of citizens and ensure fair and speedy administration of justice.” Read more

Kano to get Appeal Court

The Federal Government will establish an Appeal Court division in Kano State, President of the Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has said. Read more

Sergeant to Die for Extra-Judicial Killing

A Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa has sentenced a police sergeant, Jilla Lannubo, to death by hanging for the extra-judicial killing of Oruyegha Grand at Agudama on May 13, 2017. Read more

Signing of Court Processes By a Law Firm: A Review of the Recent Case of Heritage Bank V. Bentworth

This write-up seeks to clarify the decision in the Heritage Bank Case with consideration given to the position of the courts on the proper person to sign court processes under Section 2 and 24 of the Legal Practitioners Act and the implication on proceedings arising thereupon. Read more



3rd Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty

The African Congress will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 9-10 April 2018. Over 300 participants are expected. LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu will be speaking on the topic, “Africans on death row in foreign countries, a consular duty” at the second workshop on the 10th of April from 3pm to 4pm. Read more 

Lagos Multi-Door Court House To Hold 2018 Edition of The Yaba District Settlement Week

Registration for the event is free. It will hold from the 26th – 29th of March 2018 at the The Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos State Judiciary, Botanical Gardens, Ebute Metta. Find out more here.

Prof. Attahiru Jega, To Speak At NIALS 2018 Founders Day Lecture

The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is to holds its 2018 edition of Founders Day lecture. The Lecture is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 27th March, 2018. The theme of the lecture is “TOWARDS ELECTION INTEGRITY IN 2019: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS”. This year’s edition of Founders Day Lecture will be Delivered by Professor Attahiru Jega, Pro-Chancellor Plateau State University, Former Chairman of the (INEC). Find out more here

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

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) in partnership with TrustAfrica has invited stakeholders to a two day consultative meeting on “Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice and enhancing Access to Justice in the West Africa Sub-Region” The event will take place on the 11th to the 12th of April 2018 at Rockview Hotels, Abuja.

Open Society offers Media Grants [West Africa]

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is accepting proposals to support initiatives in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Possible target areas include journalism, justice reform and the rule of law, the democratic practice and more. Proposals must promote investigative journalism and free, quality and independent media. The deadline is April 30. Find out more here

2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize call for nominations

The 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize will be given out at the United Nations in New York on Human Right Day, 10 December. Nominations are open until 6 April 2018. The prize to recognize individuals or organization for outstanding achievements in the field of human rights is given out every five years. Read more


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