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.
27TH – 31ST AUGUST 2018

“A right delayed ia a right denied.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.


NBA blasts Buhari, Says Rule of Law Cardinal to Democracy

The Nigerian Bar Association in a communiqué issued at the end of its 58th Annual General Conference in Abuja, maintained that issues of national security must be managed within the perimeters and parameters of the rule of law. Read more

UK’s May Pledges to help Nigeria get Tougher on Human Trafficking

British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed on Wednesday to help Nigeria clamp down on human trafficking to Europe and support victims of modern slavery who return to the West African nation. Read more

NHRC, ICRC Collate Data Of Missing Persons Nationwide

In commemoration of the International Day of the Disappeared, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will signed the Mandate Document and Standard Operating Procedures for the establishment of database of missing persons in Nigeria. Read more


ECOWAS Court Delivers 127 Judgments

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice said it  received 352 cases and delivered 127 judgments  from the first quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2018. Read more


FIACIJ Opens Platform to Fight Corruption in the NBA

The National Convener for Fight Against Corruption in the Judiciary (FIACIJ) Bayo Akinlade Esq has set up a platform to address issues of corruption within the NBA. In his Whatsapp message to the newly sworn-in president of NBA, Mr. Paul Usoro SAN; Mr. Akinlade said that the platform was in response to criticisms concerning the conduct of NBA elections both at the local and national level. Read more


Michelle Bachelet, Ex-President of Chile, Picked as Next U.N. Rights Chief

The leader of the United Nations has said that he had picked Michelle Bachelet, a prominent women’s rights advocate and the first woman to serve as Chile’s president, to be the organization’s next top human rights official. Read more


Anxiety as Owerri Prison Houses 2,253 Inmates against 548 Carrying Capacity

There is anxiety at the Owerri Federal prison facility in Imo State over the number of inmates in custody. Investigation by a Punch Newspaper correspondent revealed that the facility which was built to provide shelter for 548 prisoners is now housing an outrageous number of 2,253. Read more


Human Rights Abuses: CDHR Expresses Optimism over Criminal Justice Act

The Delta State branch of the Committee for Defense of Human Rights (CDHR) has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the Police Service Commission (PSC), to enforce strict compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justices Act (ACJA) by all police officers in the country when dealing with criminal cases. Read more


Amnesty International Accuses Nigeria Of Violating Human Rights

Amnesty International has urged, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to release those who have been subjected to enforced disappearance in the country. Marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the human rights group accused Nigeria of detaining several persons in secret facilities. Read more


Protection Of Human Rights Is Key To Growth Of West Africa – ECOWAS Court President

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) has called for the cooperation of member states on the protection of human rights. Asante is hopeful that with more funding, the court will achieve its set objectives of resolving disputes within the sub-region. Read more


NHRC Begins Hearing on Alleged Rights Violations by SARS

A three day public hearing on  the allegations of human rights violations by the Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad  began in Owerri on Monday, 27th August. The hearing was organised by the National Human rights commission in  collaboration with  CLEEN Foundation and the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria. Read more


UN Human Rights Expert to Assess Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria

UN Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro will assess the issue of trafficking in persons in Nigeria, during an official visit to the country from 3-10 September. Read more


Nigeria still Facing Humanitarian Crisis of Global Magnitude – United Nations

The UN says it will provide assistance to no fewer than 6.1 million people affected by the Boko Haram crisis in north-east Nigeria by the end of 2018. Read more


SARS Reform: No more Human Rights Abuses – Police Vow

The Nigeria police say they are giving Nigerians a new special anti-robbery squad (SARS) that will not violate human rights. Police spokesman Moshood Jimoh said in Abuja that henceforth citizens will see a squad that meets the standard demanded by the government. Read more


Nigeria Police Storm Hotel, Arrest 57, Accuse them of Homosexuality

The police in Lagos has stated, that they arrested 57 men for alleged homosexual activity at Kelly Ann Hotel/ Event Centre in Egbeda, Lagos. Imohimi Edgal, the state police commissioner, told journalists during a press conference  that police, led by the divisional police officers of Shasha and Idimu, acting upon an information provided by a reliable source stormed the hotel at 2 am. Read more


INEC, EU Urge Youths to Shun Electoral Violence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the European Union (EU) have urged youths to resist being used for violence in 2019 polls. Read more


HEDA Files Suit Compelling IGP To Investigate NYSC Certificate Forgery Allegations Against Adeosun

Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre has filed an ex parte motion before the Federal High Court sitting at Ikoyi, Lagos State, seeking for the leave of court to apply for an order mandating the IGP to commence urgent investigations on the recently publicised allegations of forgery of National Youth Service Corps certificate against Kemi Adeosun. Read more


EU Condemns Violence In Rivers Bye-Election

The European Union, has described has unacceptable the violence that erupted bye-election for Port Harcourt Constituency 3. Ketil Karlson, Head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for suspending the bye-election. Read more


Britain, Nigeria Sign Pact to Counter Boko Haram

Britain and Nigeria signed a security and defense agreement during a one-day visit by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday as Africa’s most populous country struggles to defeat Boko Haram extremist and others linked to the Islamic State organisation. Read more


Decisive Action Needed to Ban Killer Robots – before it’s too late

Although it is unclear how sophisticated future technologies will be, it is very unlikely that fully autonomous weapons systems would be able to replicate the full range of inherently human characteristics necessary to comply with international law.  This includes the ability to analyse the intentions behind people’s actions, to assess and respond to often dynamic and unpredictable situations, or make complex decisions about the proportionality or necessity of an attack. Read more



Can Peacebuilders End the War with Boko Haram?

Hazel Healy visits Nigeria and discovers that guns will only take you so far in the fight against the Islamist militant group. Read more


Why Buhari is Right, Wrong on Rule of Law Ayo Sogunro

“The rule of law means that government powers are defined and limited by the constitutional laws of the state. Since the constitution also describes and defines the national interest, then the national interest is necessarily protected and promoted by observing the constitution – that is, the rule of law.” Read more



Countdown to February 2019: A Look Ahead at Nigeria’s Elections

A new Africa Programme research paper looks ahead to Nigeria’s February 2019 elections, examining key challenges for the main parties and presidential candidates, the readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the role social media will play. Read the report here


LEDAP Secures Judgement in Favour of Victim of Police Brutality in 

Invitation to Stakeholders Round Table Dialogue against Torture

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee againts Torture (NCaT) invites stakeholders to a roundtable dialogue aimed at reducing the incidences of Torture and improving redress for victims of torture and ill treatment which will be taking place on 5th September 2018 in Abuja.
For live updates on the
Anti-Torture Project follow the project on Twitter, Facebook Instagram & our blog page and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja on all social media platforms.



LEDAP Petitions the Presidency on behalf of 279 persons illegally detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has submitted a petition to the Secretary to the Presidential Panel on Review of Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, demanding for a public hearing for 279 persons from Bama LGA detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015 on mere suspicion of being members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.



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 to read the most recent court judgments.

From LEDAP’s Archives 

PRESS RELEASE: LEDAP Faults NBA on Arrested Judges, says Judges Cannot Step Aside 

“The NBA’s call negates the constitutional rights of the judicial officers to presumption of innocence, and overlooks the true purpose of the attack on the judges by the executive, which was to intimidate and brow-beat the judiciary into total submission to the whims and caprices of the executive arm of government.” Read more


PRESS RELEASE: LEDAP Sues Over Security Votes

The Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP) has led a suit challenging the collection and allocation of millions of naira to the state governors as security votes. LEDAP’s suit recently filed at the Federal High Court Lagos is against the 36 state governors and their houses of assembly and argues a case for restraining of the defendants from allocating moneys as security votes, an act which LEDAP argues is unconstitutional, without lawful basis and an contrary to the Defendant’s oath of offices. Read more


Adaobi Egboka, Executive Programmes Director, of Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) speaking at the Global Washington 2017

Adaobi Egboka, Executive Programmes Director, of Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) speaking at the Global Washington 2017 Annual Conference titled Renewing Global Leadership held on November 29, 2017. She was speaking at a panel on “Authentic Leadership Development”. Read more


Court To Give Verdict on EFCC’s Power to Investigate Benue Accounts

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court Abuja, will on October 8, 2018 deliver judgment in the suit filed by the Benue State Government challenging the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate its accounts. Read more


Illegal Detention: Abuja Federal High Court Orders Nigerian Army N11m To Gombe Youths

An Abuja Federal High Court under Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has ordered the office of the Chief of Army Staff to pay the sum of N11 million to eleven youths from Gombe State illegally detained by the Nigerian Army. Read more


Court Awards N5m Damages against EFCC

An Imo State High Court, presided over by Justice Eze Fred Njemanze, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to pay Chief Mike Ikenna Ahamba, SAN, “the sum of N5 million as damages and compensation for the violation of his fundamental rights”. Read more


Renewal of Writ: Michael Kolawole v Pezzani Alberto (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.98). 2

The Supreme Court held in the famous case of Kolawole v Alberto that a writ can renewed even after its expiration.
Want to read the full case? Click
here to read the full case on the Nigerialii website.



Call for Participation – Youth Civic Engagement for Youth, First Edition

The UNESCO Regional office in Abuja calls for Application in a Youth Civic Engagement initiative to promote Youth-led production of knowledge, design and implementation of innovative solutions to instill their participation in decision-making at the local, national and regional levels, for more inclusive and peaceful societies. Deadline for submission is 15 September 2018. Click here for more


NEDIS 2018: Save The Date

The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre is pleased to invite you to save the date for the 2018 edition of its annual education conference, the Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS).This year’s summit which is focused on Accountability and Transparency in the Education Sector. NEDIS IV is scheduled to hold on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. Contact Akinwunmi Akowonjo at if you are interested in supporting NEDIS IV, exhibiting your products or services at the summit, or should you have any others questions.


HR19 Call for Abstracts Now Open

Researchers, activists, campaigners, policymakers, people who use drugs, human rights experts, health professionals and sex workers are all encouraged to submit abstracts on their latest work in drug policy and harm reduction. Proposals can be for oral presentations, workshops, dialogue space and poster sessions. Deadline for submission is 28 September 2018. Click here for more information


Call for submissions: Women deprived of liberty

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice will present a thematic report on women deprived of liberty to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019. These submissions should be sent to for submission is 1 October, 2018. Click here for more information


Apply to be an Obama Foundation Fellow

Interested in becoming an Obama Foundation Fellow, applications for the 2019 Obama Foundation Fellowship is now opened. Deadline for application is 18th September 2019. Click here for more information.

Voice Beyond the Incident: Nigeria Sudden Opportunity Grant

Are there sudden manifestations or situation of injustice against person/persons/community? If your answer is yes, apply for the Sudden Opportunity Grant to voice beyond the incident. Deadline for application is 31 December 2018. Click here to find out more


World Youth Forum, Egypt 2018 for Young Leaders

Applications are open for the World Youth Forum Egypt 2018. The forum gathers young , experienced leaders from various fields to engage with policymakers, network with promising youths from different regions of the world that are keen to make the world better. Apply here


Tenth Session of Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards
The 10th session of the committee has been rescheduled and will hold from the 8th to 19th of October 2018 in Geneva. Read more


The Social Forum of the Human Rights Council

The Social Forum is an annual three-day meeting convened by the Human Rights Council. It is a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society actors, representatives of Member States, and intergovernmental organizations, on a theme chosen by the Council each year. This year’s Social Forum will hold from the 1st to 3rd October 2018 in Geneva. Read more

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