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.
9th – 13th April 2018

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
John F. Kennedy


Over 2000 Nigerians Killed In Farmers-Herdsmen Clashes Across Nigeria
A nongovernmental organization, the Coalition on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in Nigeria said over 2000 lives have been lost to violent activities and clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country. 
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The American Ordeal of the Boko Haram Schoolgirls

Having escaped to the U.S. after the 2014 mass kidnapping, a group of Nigerian students found themselves trapped all over again.  Read more

Oba Of Benin Urges Nigeria & EU Collaboration To Halt Human Trafficking & Illegal Migration
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has appealed to the Nigerian government to harness the numerous human and natural resources in the country for the benefit of its citizens. He made this appeal while receiving the European Union parliament subcommittee, on human rights at his palace, in Benin City, Edo State, South South Nigeria. Read more

NHRC Moves to Curb Abuses in IDPs’ Camps

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commenced training of human monitors to curb increasing abuses in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the North-EastRead more

EU Launches N4.3 Billion Projects Support in Niger Delta

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday inaugurated 956,000 euros (about N4.3 billion) projects in support of Person With Albinisms (PWAs), provision of water and sanitation management in the Niger Delta. Read more

Amnesty International Releases Death Penalty Facts and Figures for 2017
Amnesty International Death Penalty facts and figures 2017 revealed that in Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria imposed the highest number of death sentences and had the highest number of people under death sentence in the region at the end of the year. Read the full report here

Government still Failing Victims of Boko Haram Four years on from Chibok
“What happened in Chibok should have served as a wake-up call to the Nigerian government. Yet four years on, thousands more women and girls have been taken from their homes and forced to live in captivity, in events largely unnoticed and unreported by media.” – Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria on the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the abduction of 276 school girls in Chibok. Read more


Freedom Of Information Act Applicable To All State In Nigeria, Appeal Court Rules
Nigerian states have no powers to reject requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI), the Court of Appeal has ruled. In a March 27 decision at the Akure Division, the Court of Appeal ruled that the requests for information, especially around public expenditure, under the FoI, are made in public interest and should be honored by all states. Read more

NHRC Charges Law Enforcement Personnel On Implementation Of Anti-Torture ACT 2017

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has charged the law enforcement personnel and other stakeholders not to support any process that will encourage torture but rather promote the implementation of the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act 2017. Read more


Nigerian CSOs ask Buhari to Intervene in Crackdown on Civil Society Leaders in Niger Republic
Some civil society groups in Nigeria have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and end alleged harassment of civil society leaders in Niger Republic.
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AGF Highlights ‘Formidable Challenges’ in FOI Implementation, Says 90% of Public Institutions Violate Reporting Obligations

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has highlighted “formidable challenges” in the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, observing that up to 90 per cent of public institutions do not comply with their annual reporting obligations under the Law. Read more

Reverse illegal increases in fees or face legal action, SERAP warns UI, AAUA
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the authorities of the University of Ibadan and Adekunle Ajasin University to “immediately reverse the patently illegal increases in fees…” Read more

Amnesty International urges Nigerian Government to Issue Moratorium against Executions

Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian government to issue a legally binding official moratorium against executions as a first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country. Read more



Let’s End this Competition of Misery

“What is the world’s worst crisis? Yemen? Syria? The Democratic Republic of Congo? South Sudan?That question may not be any easier to answer even if there are accompanying descriptors: the worst famine since the Second World War;  the worst refugee crisis since Rwanda; the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 years.”  Read more

Hate Speech and Right to Freedom of Expression

“What would qualify as hate speech is any form of communication that expresses hatred and attacks a person or group on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or gender.” Read more



Participation in NBA’s Criminal Justice Confab

LEDAP will participate in the Nigerian Bar Association’s  Criminal Justice Confab holding on the 25th-26th of April. LEDAP’s lead counsel Chino Obiagwu, who is also the alternate chair of the NBA Human Rights Institute, will be speaking on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law and state level lessons at the forthcoming high level conference on criminal justice reform. To register and find out more, click here.

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Criminal Justice Reform Committee Unveils Plan to Honour Leading Jurists
Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Criminal Justice Reform Committee has unveiled plans to honour leading jurists and other stakeholders who have distinguished themselves in promoting criminal justice reform in the country. Those to receive the award include LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr.Chino Obiagwu. 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


LEDAP at the 3rd Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Chino Obiagwu – left
LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr.Chino Obiagwu was in attendance at the 3rd Regional Congress against the death penalty held in Ivory Coast. He spoke on a panel concerning Africans on death row in foreign countries.

LEDAP Launches Torture Project in Partnership with UNDEF
LEDAP has launched its  Torture Prevention Project Targeting Police – In partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture, LEDAP is getting set to launch a project to tackle torture and ill treatment in policing. The project will be located Lagos, Adamawa and Yobe States, as well as at the Federal Capital Territory. For more information and the call for expression on interest for the consultancies, reach out to or

Two Day Consultative Stakeholder Meeting on Strengthening the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Chino Obiagwu – 3rd right

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) in partnership with TrustAfrica held a two day consultative meeting with stakeholders on “Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice and Enhancing Access to Justice in the West Africa Sub-Region” The event held from the 11th to the 12th of April 2018 at Rockview Hotels, Abuja. LEDAP’S lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu who is also the Chair, Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court(NCICC), convened the meeting.



“Exploring The ADR And Non-Litigatory Jurisdictions Of The Ecowas Court Of Justice” By Emeka J.P. Obegolu

 A Paper presented at the 2-day Consultative Meeting of ECOWAS Court of Justice by Emeka J.P. Obegolu examines the types of processes that supranational bodies, with particular reference to ECOWAS Court, currently employ, and should employ in the future, to determine the compatibility of a particular dispute resolution process with the right of access to justice. Read the full paper here


Police officer Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Nasarawa
The High Court in Lafia, Nasarawa State, presided over by Justice James Abundega, yesterday, sentenced a Police officer, Sergeant Vincent Manu, to death for unlawfully shooting and killing a businessman, Stephen Anakwe, after labeling him as an armed robber.
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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

This week the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where leaders will gather in London and Windsor to address the shared global challenges we face and agree actions on how to create a better future for all. This year’s theme is ‘Towards a Common Future’, it will hold from the 16th to 20th April 2018. Follow the event here

Open Society offers Grants [West Africa]

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is accepting proposals to support initiatives in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Possible target areas include journalism, justice reform and the rule of law, the democratic practice and more. Proposals must promote investigative journalism and free, quality and independent media. The deadline is April 30. Find out more here

NIALS Offers Alternative Dispute Resolution, Dispute Management And Negotiation Skills Course

The Course is to expose lawyers in the private and public sector to the simple use of ADR as a means to resolving disputes other than the traditional court and administrative forums. It Provides insights into the Law and Practice of Arbitration in Nigeria and the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, It also examines the Place of ADR in the Legal Profession and so many others. The course will hold at Ayo Ajomo Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos Akoka, Lagos from the 2nd – 4th May, 2018. Read more here


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