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.
30th April – 4th May 2018

”There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” –
Elie Wiesel


Herdsmen Attack, Boko Haram Insurgency Constitute International Crime, What Has Nigeria Done? – Chino Obiagwu

Chino Obiagwu, LEDAP’s lead counsel has stated in a paper delivered at the Law week of the Nigerian Bar Association, Makurdi branch, that the herdsmen attack and the continuing Boko Haram insurgency constitute international crime and he went on to address what steps Nigeria has taken. Read more

Suicide Bombers Attack Borno State, 7 Killed

Barely a week after heavily armed Boko Haram fighters entered Maiduguri killed nine people in Jiddari Polo and High Court areas, four suicide bombers have again attacked two villages in Borno State. Read more

Human Trafficking: Nigerians, Mostly Girls, in Camps across West Africa

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has said that thousands of Nigerians, most of whom are girls, are still being held captive in different trafficking camps in some neighbouring West African countries. Read more

OCHA Releases March 2018 North-East Nigeria Humanitarian Situation Update

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released its March 2018 Humanitarian Update on North-East Nigeria. The humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria is now in its ninth year and remains one of the most severe in the world: 1.6 million persons are internally displaced, human rights violations continue to be reported daily. Read the report here

A Unique Window on Being Queer in Nigeria

A new book, released this week, is a collection of interviews with two dozen women. It offers an unprecedented window into what it means to be a queer woman in Nigeria, where homosexuality is illegal. Read more and preorder here

Head of Militia Receives 20 Years Sentence for Mass Crimes

On Saturday 28 April 2018 in Kalehe, the Military Court of South Kivu, Democratice Republic of Congo has condemned the Lieutenant-Colonel Maro Ntumwa, known as “Marocain” to 20 years imprisonment. Read more


UNDP Collaborates With Benue State Government To Establish Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Borno State Government (BOSG) has established a Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum. Read more


Human Rights At Risk in Nigeria, Says Amnesty International

Amnesty International has raised the alarm that human rights are at risk in Nigeria, citing intimidation of journalists and violent crackdown on protests. Read more

EU to Assist 7,831 Nigerian Returness From Libya

The European Union (EU) says it has facilitated the safe return of about 7,720 Nigerian who voulntary accepted the opportunity to be ferried back home last month from Libya and other places abroad. Read more

 US Pledges Support for Nigeria’s 2019 Elections

US Consul General in Lagos, Mr. F. John Bray, has declared US government’s support to realising  credible, transparent,  and peaceful 2019 elections in Nigeria. Read more

Cameroon’s Forced Returns put Nigerian Refugees at Risk

Cameroon has forcibly returned 385 refugees to Nigeria this year, most of them in the past month, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report reveals. This despite the country’s commitment as recently as 2017 to facilitate the safe return of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram violence. By doing this, Cameroon is violating both national and international law. It is also putting vulnerable refugees at risk, and is eroding the effectiveness of protection frameworks and supporting extremist narratives. Read more 



The Situation In Nigeria – Is There Any Progress Towards Justice For The Victims?

“The unreasonably long time it has taken the Office of the Prosecutor to the International Criminal Court to deliberate on the situation in Nigeria is discouraging and does not give hope that justice is being secured for the victims.” Read more

A Manual for Youthful Activism, Nigerian Style

” Nigeria’s youth are increasingly marrying the power of their favorite tool, social media with on the ground movements to demand change and a greater say in the country’s political direction.” Read more

Voting Rights of the Nigerian Diaspora – Femi Falana

“No remittance without representation” would be a fitting slogan for the ongoing battle to enfranchise Nigerian citizens in the diaspora. Indeed, as studies have demonstrated, the Nigerian economy would grind to a screeching halt if the slogan were to be carried to its logical conclusion. Read more

Nigeria’s Treatment of Shia Minority Recalls That of Boko Haram

”Nobody really knows the size of the Shiite population in Nigeria. International Crisis Group cites an estimate that it makes up between 2 and 3 percent of Nigeria’s population, which would amount to roughly four million Nigerian Shiites.” Read more

Why Nigeria Should Replicate Rwanda’s Free Tech-Enabled Legal Service

A lot of Nigerians have been deprived of justice and fair hearings due to numerous issues. But fundamental to these issues is the inability to afford a competent lawyer and the stress and bottlenecks involved in assessing free legal representation and advice. Read more



LEDAP Commences Anti-Torture Training for Police Officers

LEDAP Representative at the training with police officers, Pamela Okoroigwe, Programme Co-ordinator LEDAP (front row, 3rd from left)

In line with LEDAP’s  Torture Prevention Project Targeting Police in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture. The organisation has begun training police officers in Nigeria on human rights, anti-torture and sexual and gender based violence norms. For live updates on the training, follow our twitter page @ledapnigeria

LEDAP Offers Technical Assistance to Yobe ACJ Bill

The National coordinator of LEDAP, Chino Obiagwu (3rd left) with the Chief Judge of Yobe State, Hon Justice Nabaruma, (3rd right), Rt Hon Dogo (2nd left) and Hon Justice Juaro (2nd right)

The justice reform team of Yobe State led by Justice Ibrahim Wakili Jauro in collaboration with LEDAP, Presidential Committee on the Northeast (PCNE) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) held a 3 day meeting on the validation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill of the state. In attendance were, the Chief Judge of the state, Grand Kadi, Magistrates, the Hon. Speaker and some members of the State’s House of Assembly.  The National Coordinator of LEDAP moderated the discussion and guided the group in making amendments where necessary. 

LEDAP Submits Report to Human Rights Committee

LEDAP together with Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative, and Women Enabled International have submitted an NGO report for the Human Rights Committee’s development of a List of Issues for Nigeria. This report focuses on rights abuses against women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria and Nigeria’s human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights towards this group.


LEDAP Releases Statement on 62nd Ordinary Session of the ACHPR

LEDAP Representative at the 62nd ACHPR Session

LEDAP has released its statement on the 62nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Right holding in Noukatt,Mauritania  from April 25 – May 9 2018. The statement examines Nigeria’s compliance with human rights standards and principles as it relates to Torture, Extra-judicial Killings, and Responses to Terrorism and Crisis;  Violent extremism and the Right to Life; and Gender Inequality. Read full statement 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



Dealing In Petroleum Products Without a License Is Criminal

The Nigerian Court of Appeal (Lagos Division) affirmed the position of the law that it is criminal to deal in petroleum products without a license in its recent decision delivered in the case of M.V. Long Island v. FRN (2018) Lpelr-43479 (CA). Read more

Court Lifts Restraining Orders On Lagos Hotel Occupancy And Restaurant Consumption Law

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday issued a variation to its interim orders, restraining the implementation of the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015. Read more


Court Reaffirms Local Governments’ Powers To Conduct, Register Marriages

A Federal High Court in Lagos has upheld the exclusive powers of local councils across the country to register marriages in accordance with the extant Marriage Act. Read more



30th Session of the UPR Working Group

The first session of this year’s Universal Periodic Review will hold from the 7th – 18th May 2018. Cameroon, Djibouti and Burkina Faso are the African countries that will be reviewed during this session. Read more


Call for Submission for Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing on “informal settlements and the right to housing”

The Special Rapporteur invites Governments, UN agencies, Development Agencies, International Financial Institutions, National Human Rights Institutions, Independent Monitoring Mechanisms, Civil Society Organisations to share contributions and inputs for her report. She also welcomes information on innovative approaches and successful programmatic and legislative initiatives. The deadline is 15th May 2018. Read more

2018 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent

The Fellowship Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 June 2018. Read more


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