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.
16th-20th July 2018 2018

“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”

— Hillary Clinton


Defected Senators Must Resign From Senate – LEDAP
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project in a Press Release, signed by the National Coordinator, Mr. Chino Obiagwu has stated that according to Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, any Legislator defecting to another party, must resign, otherwise such legislator will be acting unlawfully and, has no right of vote at the National Assembly. Read more


Gunmen Attack Mosque, Kill Four, Injure Eight in Zamfara

Some gunmen have attacked a mosque at Kawddi Village in Zamfara State, leaving four persons dead and eight others injured. According to Channels Television, the incident happened at about 8 pm in Zurmi Local Government Area of the State. Read more


Group Petitions National Human Rights Commission over Alleged Soldiers’ Brutality

The Network of Police Reform in Nigeria has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over the alleged infliction of physical injuries and extortion of five civilians by some soldiers in Aba, Abia State. Read more


Buhari, INEC Commit to Credible Poll

Delivering a keynote address at the 20th anniversary celebration of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands, July 17, Buhari said his administration would deploy every power within its reach to conduct free, fair and violence-free polls in 2019. Read more


Heads of United Nations Counter-Terrorism Bodies Conclude Joint Visit to Nigeria

Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), and Ms. Michèle Coninsx, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), concluded a joint visit to Nigeria at the invitation of the Government. Read more


NHRC to Investigate Alleged Fraudulent Activities in IDP Camps

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says it will investigate all genuine cases of sharp practices at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the country. Read more

Create Human Rights-Friendly Business Environment, Govt Urged

A National Business and Human Rights Round table on ‘The role of Governance Stakeholders Engagement on Business and Human Rights’, organised by the Global Rights, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) in partnership with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), was held on the in a bid to discuss and avert business-related human rights infringement in Nigeria. Read more


SERAP takes Senate to UN over Press Council Bill

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has petitioned Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression to press the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Nigerian Senate to withdraw a bill which “aims to undermine constitutionally and internationally recognized media freedom in the country”. Read more

Cameroon Violence Needs Urgent Investigation – UN Rights Chief

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, said persistent reports of grave human rights abuses in Cameroon must be investigated by the Cameroonian authorities urgently. Amid the backdrop of protests in the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions of the country that escalated in late 2017 into clashes between state military forces and armed groups, Zeid condemned an ambush on government motorcade that took place earlier this month. Read more


Nigerians Forced out by Boko Haram Return to Ruins and Continuing Risk

Thousands of people who fled Boko Haram have been sent to unsafe areas by a government trying to create the impression that it has returned security to Nigeria’s north-east, ahead of next year’s presidential election. Read more


UNHCR Releases Quarterly Report on Regional Refugee Response Plan

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee has released its refugee response plan for April to June 2018. The report highlights that the number of security incidents in the Lake Chad Basin in the first quarter did not increase in the second quarter, however, civilian causalities in the second quarter increased as compared to the first quarter. Read more


Anti-slavery App will Help Users Spot Potential Victims of Labour Exploitation

A leading anti-slavery charity is preparing to launch an app that will help users identify signs of modern-day slavery and report suspicions to a confidential helpline. Read more


Guterres Raises Alarm Over UN Cash Crunch

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Thursday of a serious cash shortfall at the United Nations, telling staff in a message that cost-cutting measures are in store. Guterres said the cash crunch was caused primarily by the failure of UN member states to pay their dues on time, adding that he had asked countries to quickly pay their share of the UN budget. Read more


A Report on the 2018 IPI World Congress

Under the title “Why Good Journalism Matters: Quality Media for Strong Societies”, the 2018 IPI World Congress was held in Abuja, Nigeria, from June 21 to 23, 2018. Read more

Nigeria Gets New Consul-General in New York

A new Consul-General, Benaoyagha Okoyen, has assumed duty at the Consulate-General office of Nigeria in New York. Read more



The Death Penalty is an Abomination – Sajid Javid Must not Condone It

“You can’t be opposed in principle to the death penalty except when it turns out to be inconvenient; you can’t be in favour of human rights only so long as they apply to likable people.” Read more

Task of Ethiopia’s New Leader: End Torture

“Though the reforms he has introduced are promising, the prime minister has yet to tackle one of the biggest obstacles to lasting change — the lack of accountability for serious abuses, notably the widespread use of torture.” Read more

More than words: Why HIV Responses must put Human Rights Centre Stage

“Those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection stop accessing life-saving treatment or reporting human rights violations due to fear, stigma, discrimination and the possibility they may face prosecution.” Read more


Shall There Be Strings Attached to Humanitarian Aid?

“Following the ‘strings attached’ approach, the UK Government could do more to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Nigerian government to ensure that the Nigerian government does more to protect the affected communities. Read more


Fundamental Human Rights Violation

The issue of human rights denial is not one that should be handled with kid gloves, it goes beyond condemning the acts that amount to such human rights breach, the law needs to go further to ensure that the fundamental human rights of her citizens are not violated. Read more



LEDAP Anti-Torture Project to Commence Training in Yobe State

Training of Police Officers in Yobe State on 31st July 2018.

The Anti-Torture Project will commenced the training of 60 police officers in Yobe State on torture prevention strategies, human rights and sexual and gender based violence norms. The training takes place from the 31st July to 1st August 2018. For live updates on the training follow the project on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja

LEDAP Takes Files Contempt Proceedings
Based on LEDAP’s recent court judgment gotten at the Federal High Court in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/979/15 between: LEDAP V Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), The Minister of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), wherein the court held that only the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) can conduct matriculation examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions. LEDAP has filed contempt proceedings at the Federal High Court against the defendants in this suit asking the Court to find the defendants guilty of contempt.

LEDAP Offers Technical Assistance to Yobe Judiciary on ACJ Bill

LEDAP recently held a 3 day technical workshop in Yobe state to provide assistance for the preparation and adoption of the Administration of Criminal Justice bill in order to implement the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in the State. Participants at the workshop included the Justice Reform Committee, the Chief Judge, Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly, Grand Kadis, Judges, Court Registrars, Magistrates, Police personnel, Prison Officers, and CSOs. The committee has prepared the final draft bill based on the output of the workshop. The draft was reviewed in Kaduna on 28th & 29th of July.

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.


Court Sentences killers of Benue Catholic priest, Fr. John Adeyi to Death by Hanging

Justice Aondover Kakaan of a Makurdi High Court on Wednesday, convicted and sentenced Suleiman Goma and Haruna Idi to death by hanging for the murder of Rev. Fr Alexandra Adeyi. Read more

Court Orders Dangote To Pay 157.5 Million For Refusal To Honour Term Of Settlement Agreement

A High Court sitting at Onitsha presided over by Hon. Justice MNO Okonkwo has delivered a Landmark Judgment wherein it ordered Dangote Cement Plc to pay 157.5 Million Naira as cumulative judgment sum for refusal to honour term of settlement agreement voluntarily entered into by it. Read more

Free Basic Education is an Enforceable Right: Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) GTE & LTD V Federal Ministry of Education & Anor

In the instant case of LEDAP v Federal PMinistry of Education & Anor, the Federal High Court sitting at Abuja held that that failure to adopt and implement free, compulsory and Universal Primary education and free junior secondary education is a breach of the constitutional obligation of the government. Read the full judgement on the Nigerialii website here.



Paris Peace Forum – Participate in the call for projects

The Paris Peace Forum is a platform for discussion and debate, the Forum will be a place for sharing experiences and innovative solutions bringing together all governance stakeholders The aim is to drive forward governance projects by showcasing them, using them as a basis for debates in various formats and promoting networking between project developers and relevant decision makers. If you wish to put forward a governance project, the Paris Peace Forum will be a unique opportunity to present and drive forward your initiative. For a chance to be one of the 150 projects chosen by the selection committee submit your project online: Submissions close on 30 August.


The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) is holding its 9thAnnual Conference in Tunis, Tunisia from 27 to 29 September, 2018. To register for the conference contact the PALU Secretariat at, or via telephone +255 (27) 254-3192.


Call for Reports For 29th session of the Committee for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW)

The Committee is calling on representatives of national and international CSOs to provide country-specific information on issues relevant to the implementation of the Convention by the State parties under consideration. Deadline for submission is 13th August 2018. Read more

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

Legal Empowerment Leadership Course 2018

Applications are now open for the 4th edition of the annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. The course is a collaboration between the CEU’s School of Public Policy, the Open Society Justice Initiative,Namati, and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at New York University School of Law. The course will hold from the 2nd to 7th of December. Find out more here

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 2018. Read more

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