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 July 2018 2018

“We will not enjoy security without development, we will not enjoy development without security, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights.” 

—Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan


Nigerian Elected Judge of African Court on Human Rights

Nigeria’s Stella Isibhakhomen Anukam has been elected as one of the judges of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. Read more


Civil Rights Activists March to Aso Rock over Killings Across Nigeria

Hundreds of civil rights activists marched to the Nigerian government’s seat of power, Aso Rock, to demand the end of killings in the country. The march was an initiative of a coalition of young Nigerians promoting good governance and citizen engagement under the name – Enough is Enough Nigeria. Read more

Ezekwesili asks FG to Respond on Anti SARS Campaigns

A former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili said the Federal Government should be responsible enough and act on #EndSARS clamour by Nigerians. Mrs Ezekwesili said this at the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum which held in Abuja. Read more


Army Opens Human Rights Desk in Akwa Ibom

The Nigerian Army has opened a Human Rights desk in Akwa Ibom state to foster cordial civil military relationship in their area of operation.The Commander 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Abdu Hassan, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday. Read more 

Police Charges Officers To Respect Human Rights Or Be Sanctioned

The Nigeria Police has charged it’s officers and men to embrace modern day policing by giving respect for human rights and protection of suspects inline with the inspector general of police’s policy direction. Read more

Court Orders Nigeria to Pay Two Families N170m over Rights Abuses

The Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered the Nigerian government to pay two families over N150million for rights violation. The court gave the directive in two judgements it delivered on Wednesday in two suits filed by the two Nigerian families, whose members suffered rights violation in the hands of security agents.  Read more

Senate okays State Police Agitations, House of Representatives to Probe Tanker Explosions
The Senate approved suggestions and agitations for the creation of state police as a way of strengthening security across the country. The Senate also directed its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to come up with a bill for creation of truth, peace and reconciliation commission within the next two weeks. In another development, in a bid to ensure the well-being of the citizenry, the House of Representatives has resolved to probe into the rising cases of petroleum tanker accidents leading to wanton destruction of lives and property across the country.
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Senate to Investigate Alleged Sexual Abuse, Violence At IDP Camps
The Senate will investigate reports of alleged sexual abuse of women at Internally Displaced Persons Camps in the North East and other parts of the country. Read more


President Buhari Signs Executive Order to Check Corruption 

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law an Executive Order aimed at seizing assets of corrupt persons and institutions in Nigeria. The order also targets specific politically exposed persons who are currently being tried in courts for corruption. Read more

NGO Petititons NHRC over Killing of Corps Member in Abuja

The Gavel, a non-governmental organisation, has written a petition to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the police officers who allegedly killed an Abuja corps member, Angela Igwetu. Read more

Human Rights Watch Urges Ethiopia to Probe Claims of Torture at Prisons

Prisoners in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region have been arbitrarily detained and tortured for years, Human Rights Watch said, as it urged the Horn of Africa nation’s new prime minister to order an investigation. Read more


Bring Perpetrators to Justice, Human Rights Commission tells Federal Government

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the federal government to take necessary action within the confines of the law to ensure that those who are behind the current killings in the country are brought to justice without further delay. Read more



The Secret Ingredient to Ensuring Human Rights – Salil Shetty

“True, human rights are under attack with very few leaders standing ready to champion them and provide moral leadership on an increasingly fragmented global stage. The United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council is the latest example of that.” Read more

SARS Brutality and the Abuse of Human Rights in Nigeria

“Nigerians are being robbed by the Nigerian Police force through the SARS and the government is sitting idle, watching, someday in a twinkle of an eye Nigerians will revolt, taking no more of an idle government that doesn’t understand a singular thing about safety.”  Read more


Police Barbarism

“There is the urgent need for a drastic psychological re-orientation of members of the NPF. This will entail not just a fundamental review of the curricula of police training schools but also continuous training and re-training, particularly in the areas of respect for human rights as well as the rule of law.” Read more

Education in Nigeria: Overcoming Mass Displacement

“Mass internal displacement has a large impact on a country’s economy as well as its resources and living conditions. Displacement also greatly affects education. An estimated 952,029 Nigerian children have been displaced with little or no access to education because of the Boko Haram violence.” Read more



LEDAP & SayNoCampaign Discuss Social Issues with Amplified Radio

LEDAP Represntative, (left)
A representative from the LEDAP’s branch office in Abuja on 5th July 2018, joined SayNoCampaign on a radio program with Amplified Radio, an online radio station to discuss on pressing issues on corruption, child abuse and sexual exploitation.

LEDAP Anti-Torture Project Launches Social Media Campaign

The Anti-Torture Project has launched a social media campaign, follow the campaign on twitter, facebook and instagram, tag us in any stories on police brutality and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja

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


Supreme Court Affirms Three Bakassi Boys’ Death Penalty

The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the death penalty imposed on three members of Bakassi Boys vigilante group in 2006. The High Court of Abia State had, on February 26, 2006, sentenced the three men to death for the murder of two persons which they were said to have apprehended for an alleged crime. A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Dattijo Muhammad unanimously ruled that the three men truly committed murder and deserved the death sentence imposed on them. Read more

Reasons for ‘Bloody’ Fridays At Supreme Court (II)

The Supreme Court hears contentious civil appeals on Mondays and Tuesdays, sits in the chamber to determine non-contentious appeals on Wednesdays; while it hears contentious criminal appeals on Thursdays. But the apex court delivers judgements in both contentious criminal and civil appeals on Fridays.From January 12 to June 1 this year, Supreme Court delivered judgements in 116 criminal appeals, and curiously death sentences by hanging was the dominant conclusion. Read more

Court Orders Issuance Of Notice On Lawmakers 

The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered that a hearing notice be issued and served on the National Assembly and others in a suit.The applicants are praying for an order compelling Senators and House of Representatives members to refund N13.5million and N10million monthly running cost, which they allegedly collected in the last three years. 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

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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