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.
26th – 30th March 2018

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”– Nelson Mandela


UNHCR Urges the Cameroonian Government to Respect Human Rights

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has appealed to the Government of Cameroon to respect the human rights of all citizens for the sake of peace. Read more

Nigeria-Morocco Pipe: Forty NGOS Condemn it

Forty Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) including ones from Nigeria and Morocco have condemned a 2016 plan to link both countries by gas pipeline. Read more

UNPO Submits Report for Universal Periodic Review on Nigeria

On 27 March 2018, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) jointly submitted a report to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of the 31st session of the Universal Periodic Review, during which Nigeria is under consideration. This report draws attention to human rights violations occurring in Ogoniland with a particular focus on violations resulting from oil exploitation in the Niger Delta region. Read more

Group Condemn Alleged DSS Attack on NBA

A pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, has condemned the alleged raid on the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch by the Nigerian Police and the DSS. Read more

Human Trafficking: Centre for African Development Trains 120 Law Advocates

The Center for African Development in collaboration with the  National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) trained 120 Law Students on anti-human trafficking. Read more

Civil Society, Lawyers Defy Police, Stage Anti-Tax Protest

Civil society groups and members of the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) defied the police on Thursday to protest the controversial Land Use Charge and other taxes rolled out by the Lagos State Government. Read more

Court Jails Slave Owners for Up to 20 Years in Mauritania

A court in Mauritania has sentenced two slave owners to between 10 and 20 years in jail. Human rights activists have celebrated the ruling, which they say is the harshest anti-slavery decision in the country’s history. Read more

SERAP Condemns Nigerian Government Offer Of Amnesty To Boko Haram Members

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned offer of amnesty by President Muhammadu Buhari to ‘repentant’ members of Boko Haram terrorist sect, urging the Federal Government to instead ensure that victims of atrocities of the insurgent group get justice. Read more

Seven Energy Reaffirms Commitment to Security, Human Rights
Seven Energy, the leading indigenous integrated gas development, production and distribution company in south east Nigeria, has reaffirmed its commitment to implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights initiative (VPI) when it hosted the Steering Committee of the VPI at the Seven Energy Security Forum in Eket, Akwa Ibom State. Read more

CSNAC Petitions EFCC, Seeks Investigation Of Communication Minister, Adebayo Shittu

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC),which  is a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organization, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to beam its eagle eyes on the financial records of the Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, following allegations of corruption leveled against the Minister by one of its aide. Read more

Operation Python Dance: ICC to Investigate Killings of IPOB Members

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has indicated that it will investigate the September 2017 invasion of a community in Abia State, Nigeria by soldiers of the Nigeria Army during a military exercise codenamed Operation Python Dance. Read more

Inibehe Effiong Sues Akwa Ibom Government over Non-Release of Report, White Paper on Reigner’s Church collapse

A Lagos-based Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Activist, Mr. Inibehe Effiong has filed a lawsuit against the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and the Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State seeking the leave of the court to compel the state government to release the Report and White Paper of the Judicial Commission of the Inquiry into the Reigners Bible Church building collapse. Read more


‘No women, No growth’: Regressive Laws Prevent Economic Equality, says study

Legal barriers that prevent women from working or limit their opportunities to own a business are having a negative impact on global growth and economic equality, a World Bank study has found. Read more

Blackmail, Prejudice and Persecution: Gay Rights in Nigeria

“Gay people in Nigeria mostly socialise in homes, where gatherings take place between friends and networks of friends. But the trust afforded by these closed spaces is increasingly fragile.” Read more

Ogoni: Death and Prison will not Remedy the Need for Human Rights

Far from presenting a solution for systematic violation of human rights affecting minorities in the Ogoniland region, the Nigerian government has proposed to build a jail and a cemetery as a measure to appease civil unrest. Rather than attempting to cover the real problems, Abuja should aim to comply with the country’s obligation towards the communities living in Ogoniland, ensuring that the respect for environmental conditions and fundamental rights is observed. Read more

Individualised Activism With No Structural Analysis Offers Only Half Solutions

The world’s problems cannot be solved by individual activists and campaigners alone. We need to challenge the system that fuels authoritarianism directly. Read more

“Young people are not just the future of Nigeria. They are Nigeria today.”

Increasing youth representation in Nigeria’s closed political system will be an uphill battle, but Not Too Young To Run activists are ready to fight. 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


A LinkedIn to Combat Rights Abuse?

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu spoke with IRIN  about how a new website, named Who Was in Command, which helps track police and military personnel by publishing the names, ranks, and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt, and Mexico, has made his work a lot easier. 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.


Copyright Infringement: Court Awards N10m Against WEMA Bank, In Suit By Nigerian Model

A Federal High Court in Lagos has awarded the sum of N10 million in damages, against Wema Bank Plc, in a suit by an American-based Nigerian model, Nneoma Anosike, over infringement of her intellectual property. Read more

Lagos Government to Challenge Court Order Suspending Consumption Tax Law

The Lagos State Government has said it will appeal an injunction of a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, which temporarily restrained it from enforcing the provisions of the 2017 Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017. Read more

Journalist, Carl Umegboro Sues Abuja DisCo, Demands N292m for Libel and other Infringements

A writer and journalist, Carl Umegboro has sued the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc “AEDC” before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory demanding the sum of N292, 465,000:00 (two hundred and ninety two million, four hundred and sixty five thousand naira only) aggregately for nuisance, trespass to chattel, infringement of fundamental rights, defamation of his character and special damages.Read more

Court Bars Osun State Government From Arresting and Prosecuting NBA Chairman

The Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 barred the Osun State government and its agents from arresting, persecuting or prosecuting the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Chairman, Ilesa branch, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola. Read more

Appeal Court Ends 30yr-Old Chieftaincy Battle In Rivers Community

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has upheld its earlier judgment, which declared King Benson Mgbowaji Egwenre Oruk XVII as the legitimate Okan Ama of Ataba Kingdom in Andoni Local Government Area Of Rivers State. 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

Nigerian Bar Association Section on Legal Practice Conference
The NBASLP Conference will hold on the from the 12th -13th of April 2018 at the NBA Port Harcourt branch house, bank road,Portharcourt,Rivers State. The theme of the conference is “RE-THINKING AND RE-TOOLING LEGAL PRACTICE FOR THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME.”

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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