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.
7th–11th May 2018

“Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted.” – A. Philip Randolp



Annual ICC- NGO Roundtable

As part of the ongoing dialogue between the International Criminal Court and Non-Governmental Organiations, the annual ICC-NGO roundtable kicked off on the 14th of May 2018 at the seat of the Court in The Hague. ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the Court’s Registrar Peter Lewis opened the first day of meetings attended by NGO representatives coming from across the world.

45 Killed in Gwaska, Kaduna as Mass Killings Increase

Heavily armed men killed 45 people and wounded 12 in an assault on a village in northwestern Nigeria, the latest in a wave of mass killings that have shocked the country, exposed serious gaps in its security and shaken its political foundations. Read more

Nigerian Rights Group Files Suit to Revoke Malabu Oilfield License

A Nigerian civil rights group has launched a legal case aimed at forcing the government to revoke a disputed 2011 oilfield deal at the centre of a string of international corruption investigations. Read more

17 Nigerian Migrants Sue Italy

Survivors of a November sea rescue operation by the Libyan coastguard have filed a lawsuit against Italy with the European Court of Human Rights, saying Rome was ultimately responsible for Libya’s “violent and reckless” actions. Read more

Federal Government to Investigate Cases of 27 Nigerians in Tanzanian Prisons

The Federal Government has said it would go ahead to investigate the cases of 27 Nigerians said to be languishing without trial in Tanzanian prisons. Read more 

Nigeria Battles to Restore Security in the Northeast

A recent report by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect has highlighted the current insecurity issues in North-Eastern Nigerian despite the government’s declared victory over Boko Haram. Read more

Lawmakers to Probe Xenophobic Attacks on Nigerian Judges in Gambia

The Senate says it will probe allegations of ill-treatment and xenophobic attacks on Nigerian Judges and other legal personnel serving in the Gambia.The Joint Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights, Legal matters and Foreign Affairs have been mandated to carry out investigations on the matter and submit a report to lawmakers for consideration. Read more


Human Rights Abuses: Report exposes inconsistencies in Recruitment, Selection for Peacekeeping Missions

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Asia Centre for Human Rights, supported by Open Society Institute, New York have published a report highlighting the reasons behind persistent human rights violation and abuses by peacekeeping troops. Read more

Aid Sector Urged to Crack Down on War Zone Child Abusers

Sex offenders and paedophiles are travelling to the world’s conflict zones to prey on vulnerable children, the National Crime Agency has warned. Read more



How Does The ECOWAS Court Exercise The Human Rights Mandate Under The 2005 Protocol?

“Unlike comparable courts, such as the European Court of Human Rights, the exhaustion of domestic remedies is not a prerequisite for using the court. The ECOWAS Court allows any individual to entirely bypass their own country’s systems of justice…” Read more


Press Freedom Is the Freedom of All and Freedom for All – Professor Olatunji

“…Press Freedom is daily threatened, voices of opposition are muzzled, working conditions of journalists are compromised daily…” Read more

Addressing Maternal and Child Deaths

Every day, Nigeria loses 2,300 children below the age of five and 145 women of childbearing age, making the country the second worst place on earth to conceive, give birth or raise a child. Read more


Africa’s Female Rising Stars of Business are Still Seen as Second-Class Citizens

Despite the compelling narrative about African women becoming titans of industry, sexism and inequality make scaling up impossible for many entrepreneurs. Read more



LEDAP Anti-Torture Training for Police Officers Continues

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

LEDAP’s training of police officers is still ongoing in various police commands. Police officers are being trained on  torture prevention strategies, human rights and sexual and gender based violence norms.  The training is part of LEDAP’s  Torture Prevention Project Targeting Police in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture. For live updates on the training, follow our twitter page @ledapnigeria


LEDAP Writes Open Letter to Universities and Polytechnics on Post-UTME 

Based on LEDAP’s recent court judgment gotten at the Federal High Court  in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/979/15 between: LEDAP and 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 written to inform Universities and Polytechnics that it would be in breach of the court order if they continue to conducting Post-UTME tests.


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



Court Affirms Lagos AG’s Right to File Nolle Prosequi

A Lagos High Court has affirmed the power of the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem to file nolle prosequi in any case by the state. Justice Dabiri dismissed a suit by the Incorporated Trustees of Law and Awareness Initiative challenging the Attorney General’s right to withdraw a pending criminal case against Deepak Khilani and Sushil Chandra. Read more

What Happens Where Both Parties Laying Claim To A Land Fail To Prove Title To The Land?

The Court of Appeal in the recent case of GWAMILE v. IDIH & ANOR (2018) LPELR-44139(CA) addressed the question of what happens when neither party proves title to land. OTISI, J.C.A. while delivering the leading judgment in this appeal; stated that  “Where both parties are unable to satisfactorily and conclusively prove title to the disputed land, the trial Judge would usually proceed to decide the case on the basis of numerous and positive acts of possession and ownership”. Read more



Human Rights Watch Hosts Discussion on What the ICC Means for  Human Rights

As the Rome Statute reaches twenty, Human Rights Watch talks to two leading activists, Chino Obiagwu of the Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court and Amal Nassar of the International Federation for Human Rights about why the court matters today to the fight to protect human rights on the 16th of May.

University of Lagos To Hold Faculty Of Law 2018 Annual Lecture
The theme of this year’s Annual Lecture is “ The Rule of Law as Panacea for Peace, Security and Good Governance in a Democracy”  The event will hold at the J.F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos on the 31st of May at 11:00am, Walter Onnoghen, GCON Chief Justice of Nigeria will be the guest speaker at the event.

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

Countering Violent Extremism West Africa

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa Regional Peace and Governance Office (RPGO) seeks to award up to four (4) Cooperative Agreements to research and pilot Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) approaches in West Africa under this Annual Program Statement (APS). The APS will feature elements of co-creation that will provide direct engagement of USAID in the design of applications following the presentation of concept notes. The maximum award amount is not expected to exceed US$1,500,000 or duration of two years. Read more


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