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LEDAP URGES NIGERIA TO VOTE FOR MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY AT UNGA SESSION.

PRESS STATEMENT

Release Date: 9th November 2018.

 

LEDAP URGES NIGERIA TO VOTE FOR MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY AT UNGA SESSION.

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project- LEDAP in a letter to the Attorney General of the Federation, dated 9th October 2018, is advocating for Nigeria to vote in favour of the proposed resolution of the Third Committee of UNGA on Moratorium on the use of the death penalty, at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

 

This is in line with the call by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right (African commission) at its 44th Ordinary Session in Abuja Nigeria, on state parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (African Charter), to observe a moratorium on death penalty.

 

The Federal Government of Nigeria already has an informal policy on moratorium on execution of death sentences, which policy was restated in the Nigeria’s submission to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nigeria in 2009 and in 2013. However Nigeria needs to take a firmer stand on the preservation of the sanctity of Human lives, and stand with the rest of the pro-life, pro-abolition governments to support the UNGA moratorium resolution.

 

LEDAP is a non-governmental organization working for the promotion and protection of human rights Nigeria and is also the chair of the Nigerian anti-Death Penalty Group, which is a coa

lition of civil society organizations working to encourage the abolition of the use of death penalty in Nigeria.

 

 

For:

LEDAP-Legal Defence and Assistance Project,

NEWSLETTER FOR 20TH – 24TH AUGUST 2018

 

HELLO,
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.
20th – 24th AUGUST 2018

“Human rights are not a privilege conferred on by the government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity.”

— Mother Theresa 

NEWS   

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OPINION 

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LEDAP@WORK 

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As part of its pro-Bono services to victims of human rights violations in Nigeria, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), through one its numerous pro-Bono lawyers,U.B. Ismaila (ESQ), filed a motion at the Federal High Court, Yola seeking for the enforcement of the fundamental human rights of Mr Kabiru Ahmed who was unlawfully arrested, detained and tortured by officers of the Nigerian Police in July 2016. In the judgement which was delivered by His Lordship, Balkisu Bello Aliyu, the applicant was awarded five million (5,000,000) Naira against the respondents, as compensation for the unlawful arrest, detention and torture inflicted on him

 

Invitation to Stakeholders Round Table Dialogue against Torture

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For live updates on the Anti-Torture Project follow the project on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja

 

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PRESS STATEMENT

LEDAP TO NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT: ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY NOW!

 

As the world marks the 16th World Day against the Use of the Death Penalty with the theme “Living conditions on death row”, Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP) calls on the Nigerian government to put an end to the use of death penalty, but in the meantime urgently introduce moratorium on sentencing and execution, and improve the conditions of detentions of death row inmates.

Over the years, LEDAP has consistently campaigned for the abolition of the death penalty by providing direct free legal assistance to death row inmates, supporting legislative enactment on moratorium, conducting public poll survey on the use of death penalty and the inhumane living conditions of death row inmates.

Our findings revealed that death row prisoners are subjected to two distinct punishments: the death sentence itself and the prolonged years of living in inhumane conditions that include poor health care, overcrowding, poor feeding and poor medical attention. Prisoners on death-row live in a state of constant uncertainty over their possible date of execution. For some death-row prisoners, the anxiety results in a sharp deterioration in their mental and emotional wellbeing. This manifested in the case of Olatunji Olaide, who was exonerated by Court of Appeal after spending 24 years on death row. Olatunji died shortly after his release from prison due to his terrible ill health and untreated eye condition from prolonged detention.

LEDAP is particularly worried that the appalling prison conditions have serious damaging effects on the mental and physical health of the inmates. These conditions further infringe on their rights, particularly right to human dignity and freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. LEDAP believes that the human rights of death row inmates should be protected at all times. The dignity of the human person must be preserved, both within and outside the prison walls.

LEDAP therefore calls on the Government to respect the sanctity of life, by taking immediate steps to abolish death penalty and replace same with term of years or life imprisonment. In the meantime, Government should provide the necessary infrastructure and facilities needed to cater for the welfare of   death row prisoners.

 

For: Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP)

 

Pamela Okoroigwe

LEDAP’s Drivetime Twitter Campaign For World Day Against The Death Penalty

Almost everyday, someone is sentenced to death in Nigeria. Many are innocent indigents who have poor legal services.
Do they deserve the #DEATHPENALTY?


JOIN
@ledapnigeria as we embark on adrivetime twitter campaign from 4:30pm – 7:00pm to say #NOTODEATHPENALTY
10th October, 2016

#Exonerated
4:30pm – 5:30pm
In the first hour we will share the videos and pictures of those who were sentenced to death and have now been #Exonerated and facts about the #deathpenalty in Nigeria.
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Discuss the use of the #deathpenalty for terrorism related offences with @olutopopoola an International Lawyer and an Advocate/Adviser on the #deathpenalty at Amnesty International.

10TH OCTOBER 2016: PRESS RELEASE ON THE WORLD DAY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

 

Lagos, Monday October 10 2016:

As the world today marks UN Day Against the use of Death Penalty, Legal Defence and Assistance Project  (LEDAP) calls on the Nigerian government to take urgent steps to protect her citizens facing the death penalty in foreign countries especially in south east Asia.

It is estimated that nearly 650 Nigerians may be on death row or facing capital charges in China,  Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietman, most of them for drug offences. More than 10 Nigerians have been executed in the last one year despite international condemnation of their possible faulty trials.

LEDAP is concerned that the arrests, interogations and trials of these Nigerians usually violated basic norms of fair hearing. Most of them had no interpreters during questioning upon arrest and even during trials.

The law of nations require that where a foreigner is arrested for any offence, the consulate or embassy of such person must be notified and the necessary consular services provided to the suspect, especially legal services and interpreters. In most of the cases of Nigerians arrested and tried in south east Asia, these rules are not complied with. As a result, there are high liklihood that their trials, convictions and sentences violate basic principles of fair trial.

The world day against the use of the death penalty is to remind governments and people of the world of the danger of death sentence for any offence. Not only that there is very high risk of convicting and killing an innocent person, the death penalty is widely used against the poor and vulnerable groups including minorities.

LEDAP calls on Nigeria to enter into diplomatic negotiations with countries of the south east Asia and Saudi Arabia to secure prison transfers of all Nigerians currently convicted and sentenced to death in those countries, and to ensure that consulate services are provided in future to any Nigerian arrested and charged in any foreign country.

LEDAP also urges the Nigerian National Assembly to adopt laws to abolish the use of death sentence as punishment for any crime. LEDAP has recorded exenoration of nearly a third of over 55 cases of death row prisoners it handled on appeal in the last 5 years, indicating a very high risk of wrongful convictions in the country. There is no justification to continue to use the death penalty in Nigeria in those circumstances.

Chino Obiagwu
National Coordinator LEDAP