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.
2nd – 6th April 2018

“Without justice, there can be no peace”– Martin Luther King J.


Nigeria, EU, UNODC Renew Commitments against Terrorism

The ongoing fight against terrorism in Nigeria received a boost as the European Union unfolded a three-year funding plans commencing this month. Read more

Nigerian site Invites Reports of Human Rights Abuses

A new website launched by the Women’s Rights and Health [WHER] Initiative, a Nigerian civil society not-for-profit organization, allows people report any type of human rights violations in Nigeria. Read more

UN Condemns Attack on Civilians in North-East Nigeria

Denouncing an attack on civilians in Nigeria’s restive north-east region, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and ensure the protection of civilians. Read more


Measles Outbreak in IDP Camp Kills Seven Children
The outbreak of measles at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp at Abagena in Makurdi, Benue State has claimed the lives of not less than seven children. Read more


Kids Behind Bars (2)
The Nation Newspaper investigates in the second part of this series, the plight of the children born in prison. Read more


Illegal Migration: EU, Edo Govt Partner To Evolve Solution

The European Union Parliament says it will partner Edo Government to evolve solution to illegal migration which is common to the union and the state. Read more


USAID Releases Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 

The US Agency for International Development has released Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11, for the fiscal year 2018. The report look at conflict, government response and humanitarian responses in the affected areas across the four Lake Chad basin countries including Nigeria. View the report here


ActionAid Wants Sexism Tackled in Police, Public institutions

ActionAid Nigeria has urged government to address persistent institutional sexism in the Nigeria Police Force, Judiciary and other public institutions. Read more


Maternal Health Crisis: CSO Urges Action On Bill Gates Statement

The Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has urged Nigerians, particularly the women and youth, to demand accountability from authorities, so as to address Nigeria’s huge maternal health challenge. Read more


EU prepares Nigerian women for 2019 polls

The event hosted by the EU to mark this year’s International Women’s Month, brought together eminent female politicians and other politically-conscious women and civil society actors from across the country to discuss the fate of women politics. It had had the theme, “How do Women Win Election in 2019?” Read more


Nigeria’s Troubling Counterinsurgency Strategy against Boko Haram (1)

“The state response to Boko Haram remains flawed in other key ways. Consider its approach to intelligence. The Nigerian military and police have been partnering local militias, such as the Civilian Joint Task Force, and relying on them and paid informants to find out who is a Boko Haram member. The CJTF claims are often the dominant, if not sole, basis for raids and arrests, yet such intelligence is often completely unreliable, unverified, and random, motivated merely by desire for further financial payments or as a means of revenge for previous perceived grievances against local rivals.” Read more

Female Genital Mutilation: Persecuting Noncompliance

FGM is most common in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and prevalent among girls between the ages of 15 and 49. As at 2016, an estimated 200 million women in 30 countries (27 of these countries are in Africa) were circumcised (UNICEF, 2016). Read more

Photo Essay: What next for the millions uprooted by Boko Haram?
Over the course of nine years, the Boko Haram insurgency has fractured families and claimed lives across the Lake Chad region, causing untold suffering. Four photographers visited camps run by the Red Cross to document the impact of a conflict that has left 8 million people in dire need. View the pictures here


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.


Death Penalty: 


Court Sentences Traditional Ruler to Death by Hanging

One of the highest ranking chiefs of Uvwie Kingdom in Delta State, Chief Newton Agbofodo, has been sentenced to death by hanging. The Delta State High Court in Asaba sentenced Agbofodoh, who is the community head of Ekpan, Uvwie Council Area of Delta State, after he was found guilty of all four count charges  preferred against him, including murder. Read more


Court sentences man to death for stealing seven bottles of beer and one packet of Rothmans cigarette

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a man, Raji Babatunde, to death by hanging for stealing seven bottles of beer and one packet of Rothmans cigarette. Justice Cornelius Akintayo, in a judgment delivered on Wednesday, found Babatunde guilty of armed robbery for being in possession of axe and cutlass at the scene of the robbery. Read more


Court Judgements:

Certificate Of Authentication May be Dispensed with when Tendering Computer Generated Evidence

In the recent Court of Appeal judgement in BRILA ENERGY LTD v. FRN (2018) LPELR-43926(CA), SANKEY, J.C.A while delivering the lead judgement, addressed the issue of whether a certificate of authentication always has to be tendered, he held that “where such certificate [certificate of trustworthiness of the computer used in printing the documents] is not produced, it has been held that oral evidence of a person familiar with the operation of the computer can be given of its reliability and functionality; and that such a person need not be a computer expert.” Read the full judgement here.

How To Determine Whether Or Not A Person Is A Juristic Person?
In the recent Court of Appeal case of ENGINEER EMMANUEL CHUKWUEMEKA OKEKE v. NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL (2018) LPELR-43781(CA), OGUNWUMIJU, J.C.A. in delivering the lead judgemnet in this case held that to determine whether or not a person is juristic person, it is not the specific name under which a person is sued that decides whether or not the person is a juristic person. What determines this issue is whether or not a natural person exists who bears that name or a similar name or had in fact hitherto bore that name. If it is a creation of statute, it is the recognition of that artificial person under an extant law that is relevant. Read the full judgement here



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


NIALS Offers Alternative Dispute Resolution, Dispute Management And Negotiation Skills Course
The Course is to expose lawyers in the private and public sector to the simple use of ADR as a means to resolving disputes other than the traditional court and administrative forums. It Provides insights into the Law and Practice of Arbitration in Nigeria and the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, It also examines the Place of ADR in the Legal Profession and so many others. The course will hold at Ayo Ajomo Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos Akoka, Lagos from the 2nd – 4th May, 2018. Read more here


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