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

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” 

– George Washington


LEDAP, NHRC Walk Against Torture in Nigeria
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in collaboration with the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is launched a torture prevention campaign and held an anti-torture awareness walk in Abuja on June 26, to protest against the heinous act of torture and also provide assistance to torture victims and survivors. Read more


Group Seeks Internal Monitoring Team to Reduce Police Torture

Sterling Centre for Law and Development (SCLD) and other human rights organisations have stressed the need for the Nigerian Police to step up its internal monitoring activities to reduce and eliminate torture of suspects for confessions or punishment for detainees. Read more


SERAP Seeks Human Rights Council Special Session over Plateau Killings

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to all the Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva urging their delegation to hold a special session concerning the Plateau killings. Read more


Free, Fair Elections in Nigeria: U.S, U.K Agree to Continue Joint Funding
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) amended a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend their joint funding arrangements to support Nigeria’s electoral processes through 2020 with an increased DFID contribution. Read more

In 2018 Alone, 1,814 Nigerians Have Been Killed − Amnesty International
Amnesty International, a human rights group, says 1,814 people have been killed across 17 states since the beginning of 2018 — a figure that is already more than double the 894 that was recorded in the whole of 2017. Read more
Nigerians Will Live Better Lives If Corrupt Officials Are Exposed – Falana
A human rights activist, Femi Falana, on Monday said the extensive corruption that has eaten deep into Nigeria’s fabric could be reversed if citizens speak out against the practice. Read more

NHRC to Probe Torture Allegations against SARS

The National Human Rights Commission has concluded plans for the probe of allegation of torture against men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in South South and South Eastern parts of the country. NHRC’s Executive Secretary, Anthony Ojukwu made this public on June 26 while speaking at an event put in place by his agency, the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN)Read more

Research Shows Nigeria is 9th Most Dangerous Country for Women 
Nigeria has been ranked as the ninth most dangerous country for women according to a new poll by Thomson Reuters Foundation. The foundation contacted 548 experts focused on women’s issues to conduct a global perception poll to highlight the most dangerous countries for women. Read more


NHRC Tasks Buhari On Quick Assent to Child Protection Bill

The Executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give children a gift by granting speedy assent to the 2018 Child Protection and Enforcement Agency (establishment) Bill. Read more


Violation of Human Rights Unacceptable — AGF

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has said violation of human rights in the country was unacceptable. According to him, torture is a clear assault on the inherent dignity and fundamental freedoms of  persons. Read more
Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect releases Atrocity Report on Nigeria, Myanmar and Syria
“Recurring conflict in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt” region is often rooted in historical grievances over land-use and resource allocation. These disputes have been exacerbated by growing desertification in the north of Nigeria, which has driven many ethnic Fulani herdsmen, who are mainly Muslim, southward into areas traditionally farmed by settled communities that are predominately Christian.” Read full report here


Lagos State Government Dragged before Court over New Environment Law

Chairman, Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, AWMN, Alhaji Oladipo Egbeyemi and David Oriyomi, have dragged the Lagos State Government before a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, challenging the newly enacted Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law of 2017. Read more

Caribbean Court of Justice Strikes Down Mandatory Death Penalty in Barbados

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the region’s highest court has unanimously declared the mandatory death penalty unconstitutional in Barbados, finally settling an issue which has occupied domestic and international tribunals for almost 15 years. Read more

Cornell’s Death Penalty Worldwide Institute Training ‘A Network of African Lawyers’ To Fight Against Capital Punishment
On June 18, the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide kicked off its second annual Makwanyane Institute Workshop. The institute aims to train capital defenders and prepare them for the intricacies of capital offense trials in many different countries. 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

Nigeria: Rising Toll of Middle-Belt Violence
Urgently Step Up Investigations; Hold Attackers to Account

 The death of at least 86 people in attacks on six villages in Plateau State, Nigeria, is the most recent in a shocking spate of reprisal violence between nomadic cattle herders and farmers. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari promised to end the violence and hold those responsible to account, but has so far failed to do so.  Read more

Curtailing Rights’ Violations from Pollution
“Daily, human rights are infringed upon consciously or unconsciously by multinational and mining companies. These unpleasant situations have pitted host communities against multinational companies, which have resulted in loss of lives and property. The Ogoni nine debacle still remains fresh in the memories of many Nigerians from during the military era.” Read more



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

June 26 marked the International in Support of Victims of Torture. In light of this LEDAP partnered 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. The purpose of the walk was to raise awareness concerning the serious issue of torture in Nigeria, call for the disbandment of SARS and request that the Attorney General of the Federation seek the full implementation of the Anti-Torture Act 2017.

LEDAP at Makwanyane Institute Workshop

LEDAP Representative, Mrs.Joke Aladesanmi (3rd from left)

A representative from LEDAP attended  this year’s Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, 2nd annual Makwanyane Institute workshop. The workshop is an intensive training workshop for capital defenders, and took place from June 18 to 28, 2018. Follow the events of 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


Garnishee Must Be Resident Within The Jurisdiction Of The Court Making The Order?

In the recently decided case of Darsey Digital Press Ltd & Anor v. Ayo & Anor (2018) LPELR-44488(CA), the Court of Appeal held that it is a precondition to a proper garnishee proceeding that the garnishee be resident in the very State where the order is sought in accordance to Section 83 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act. Read more

Appeal Court awards Damages against Air France for Breach of Contract

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has held that Air France was liable for breach of contract between it and one of its passengers, Mr Chidi Adebanya for compelling him to pay additional money in respect of purported excess luggage. The Court, therefore, ordered the airline to pay Mr Adebanya, N476,768.00 being the refund of the excess money paid for his luggage which was in violation of the terms of the contract between them and the cost of litigation. Read more

Court Grants HEDA’s Judicial Review against Malami
A federal high court sitting in Lagos has granted the Human and Environment Development Agenda (HEDA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a leave for a judicial review against Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) in the Malabu oil deal. Read more



Call For Proposals: 16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) invites proposals for the 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence. As part of AWDF’s support to the cause to eliminate Violence Against Womnen (VAW), AWDF supports the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign by awarding grants to women’s organisations in Africa to organise and coordinate activities around the event.
 The deadline for application is 20th July 2018. Read more
Call for Applications: Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Advocacy & Litigation for LGBT Human Rights Defenders in Africa
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, cordially invites you to apply for the Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Advocacy & Litigation targeted at the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Africa. Deadline for applications is 10th July 2018. Click here to apply.

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


Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 

Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2018 are open. Do you know of somebody who has made a significant contribution to combating discrimination or advancing equality, but who has not yet received the credit they deserve? If so, please nominate them for the fourth annual Bob Hepple Equality Award. Deadline for application is 31st July 2018. Read more

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 Spetember 2018Read more

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