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.
6TH – 10th AUGUST 2018

“Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being”

— Bjorn Ulvaeus


Activists Speak Out as Company Involved in Flint Water Crisis May be Contracted to Provide Water in Lagos State

Activists are concerned that Veolia, the company linked with the Flint, Michigan water crisis, is on the shortlist to manage two-thirds of water system in Lagos, Nigeria, where many children die from water-borne diseases. Read more

Human Rights Commission Record 1 Million Human Rights Violations in Nigeria

The National Human Rights Commission has recorded an alarming increase in human rights violations in the last two years in Nigeria. The human rights commission said it recorded about one million cases of human rights violations in the country between 2017 and 2018. Read more

Prison Decongestion: Obaseki Solicits the Support of NBA

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has sought the input of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Benin Branch, on the state government’s effort to decongest prisons in the state and reduce the number of prison inmates awaiting trial. Read more


CSOs Condemn National Assembly siege

The Nigeria Election Situation Room (Situation Room) has expressed concern over the growing attack on constitutionalism in Nigeria and brazen acts of impunity by elected and appointed officials. Read more
Amnesty International blames EU over Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, in a report released in London on the 8th August, blamed the countries of the European Union for the high number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean so far this summer. Read more

Security Chief Fired, Legislators Condemn ‘Coup’ at National Assembly
The head of Nigeria’s security forces was relieved of his duties on the 7th August, following a dramatic standoff at the country’s parliament building, where masked and armed men with the Department of State Services blocked lawmaker access. Read more

HIV/AIDS: UNICEF, NOA Tasks Media on Public Enlightenment

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on media organisations to focus reports and programmes on issues that helps address HIV/AIDs among Adolescent and Young People (AYPs) in Kaduna State. Read more

Over 50 Nigerian Girls Trapped in Saudi Arabia – NAPTIP

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), says federal government will soon repatriate over 50 Nigerian girls trapped in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Read more

Group Lauds CPC For Developing Bill Of Rights To Save Vulnerable Nigerians

The Association of Positive Youths Living with HIV and AIDs in Nigeria (APYIN)has commended the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) for developing Nigeria’s first Patients’ Bill of Rights to protect vulnerable Nigerians. Read more


Lawyers Advocate Enforcement of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

At a colloquium on the Status of Implementation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, organized by the department of public law, faculty of law, University of Lagos, lawyers present advocated for giving credence to economic, social and cultural rights in Nigeria, which will in turn alleviate poverty, checkmate corrupt practices and increase access to the protection of people in court. Read more

Ag. DSS Boss Promises to Review Dasuki Case, Other Human Rights Violations

The Acting Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Mathew Seiyefa, has promised to review all cases of illegal detention, including the matter of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and other related human rights violations allegedly carried out by the agency. Read more

EU, UN Call for More Nigerian women in Politics

The European Union (EU) and United Nations have called for the encouragement of women in politics as a strategy to help in reducing poverty and increasing economic growth in Nigeria.The international bodies and other stakeholders urged the Federal Government to step up more women to participate in the 2019 elections. Read more

UN speaks on Boko Haram attacks, terrorism in Nigeria, Central Africa

The United Nation Security Council has raised concerns over the security and humanitarian situation caused by the Boko Haram terrorists and other armed groups in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad. Read more
The E.U. Urges Security Agencies to be Neutral

The European Union (EU) has expressed concern over the recent invasion of the National Assembly by heavily armed security operatives in hoods. The E.U. stressed the importance of the law enforcement agencies staying neutral, while advocating for independence of institutions in line with constitutional provisions. Read more
NBA Shifts Election to August 19
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has shifted its election due to commence midnight of August 6 to August 19 and August 20 due to difficulties encountered by members with the verification process. Read more



Human Rights and Police Brutality in Nigeria

“More than six months after that incidence and despite the cosmetic changes introduced by the Inspector General of Police into the working of the unit, the cases of police or more particularly SARS brutality has continued unabated. Young Nigerians complain on social media daily of the harassment, arbitrary arrest, kidnap, forced extortion and torture by SARS.” Read more

Nigeria’s Battle With Boko Haram

Through mass kidnappings, bombings, and other acts of terrorism, the Islamist insurgent group remains an enduring threat to northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin. Read more

Farmer-Herder Conflicts on the Rise in Africa

“Violent intercommunal clashes between herders and farmers can be avoided if African governments recognise the complexities that exist in these conflicts and to remove barriers to accessing land for pastoralists without compromising the rights of farming communities.” Read more

Meet “Baba IDP”: the local hero making sure Boko Haram victims get healthcare

Since fleeing his home in Nigeria’s Borno State six years ago, retired civil servant Iddrisu Ibrahim Halilu has fought tirelessly on behalf of those who, like him, have been displaced by violence meted out by Boko Haram. Read more

Is There A Justification For The Same-Sex Prohibition Act?

For the LGBTQ, discrimination, violence, blackmail, arrest and extortion are incidents that mark their lives. Apart from this, their fundamental human rights are being infringed on. Even straight men who are perceived gay have been looped into the problem. Read more



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 and Instagram and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja

LEDAP Joins Brooklyn Defender Services, United States on Training of Pro Bono Lawyers in Nigeria

Two leading attorneys, Hannah McCrea and Nyasa Hickey of Brooklyn Defender Services, United States, will facilitate a training for pro bono lawyers at a conference tagged: Leadership and capacity building conference for pro bono lawyers and legal aid service providers in Nigeria. LEDAP’s lead counsel, Chino Obiagwu will be speaking at the conference. Read more

LEDAP Gets Judgment for Victims of Fundamental Human Rights Abuse

As part of its commitment towards improving redress systems for victims of torture in Nigeria, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) rendered its service pro-bono to 5 Internally Displaced Persons who were unlawfully detained and tortured by officers of the Nigerian Army in collaboration with Civilian Joint Taskforce in 2016. In the judgement which was delivered by Hon. Justice A.M. Anka of the Federal High Court, Yola on 3rd July 2018, the court ordered that the applicants be paid the sum of one million each for the violations of their fundamental human rights by the respondents which included the Civilian Joint Task Force, The Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army and the Attorney General of the Federation.

LEDAP Files Contempt Proceedings on Post‐UTME Judgement

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. Read more

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.


Analysis: Main features of Nigeria’s Administration of Criminal Justice Act (Part 1)

Prior to the promulgation of the ACJA 2015, Nigerian states were governed by two principal legislations traceable to the British colonial administration, namely the Criminal Procedure Act, (CPA) and the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) depending on whether such a state was created out of the former northern or southern region. Read more


The Procedure For Arrest And Detention Of Ship Under Maritime Law In Nigeria – Kingsley Izimah

Ships can be arrested to enforce maritime claims or compliance with some maritime obligations. An arrest of a vessel is the prerequisite for the court to establish jurisdiction. If the vessel cannot be seized, the court may have no right over the vessel. Read more

Limitation Period: Egbe v Adefarasin (1987) 1 NWLR (Pt. 47) 1

In law, actions have a time limit within which they can be brought to court. Time begins to run once a cause of action of action accrues as highlighted in the famous case of Egbe v Adefarasin. The period of limitation is determined by looking at the writ of summons and the statement of claim alleging when the wrong was committed which gave the plaintiff a cause of action and by comparing that date with the date on which the writ of summons was filed.
Want to refresh your memory or read the full case? Click
here to read the full case on the Nigerialii website.



Call For Expression of Interest on Security Threat Assessment at  CLEEN Foundation

Applications are welcome from suitable qualified research organisations for the nationwide survey on security threat assessment ahead of the upcoming 2019 General Elections. Application closing date is 20th August 2018. Read more

Public Hearing on Allegations Against the Special AntiRobbery Squad

The public hearing on allegations against SARS for the SouthSouth will hold at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt on the 20th to 21st August 2018 from 10:00am while that for the SouthEast take place at the Federal High Court, Owerri, Imo State on the 27th to 28th August 2018 from 10:00am.

Paris Peace Forum – Participate in the call for projects

The Paris Peace Forum is a platform for discussion and debate. e 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. or a chance to be one of the 150 projects chosen by the selection committee submit your project online here.
Submissions close on 30 August 2018.


Australian High Commission in Nigeria: Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2018-2019

Applications are now open for the Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2018-2019 which is a flexible small grants program run directly by the Australian High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. Deadline for application is 31st August 2018. Read more


2018 PALU Annual Conference and General Assembly

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.
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

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