Tag: Fundamental Rights

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   

Rule of Law must be subject to National Interest, Buhari Insists

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated in his speech at the Nigerian Bar Association Annual Conference held on the 26th August 2018 that there are situations where the National interest and security of the nation will be placed above the rule of law. Read the full speech here

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UN Remembers Kofi Annan

The Secretary-General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, and staff members, remembered former Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the 22nd August, describing him as a leader who put people at the centre of the UN work. Read more

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Genital Mutilation Prevalent in Nigeria, says UN

One out of every four Nigerian women between the ages of 15 and 49 has undergone Female Genital Mutilation(FGM), Head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Cross River Dr. Yakubu Aliu, has said. Aliu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in that the figures were based on the National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) of 2013. Read more

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Anti-Christian Slaughter Escalates in Nigeria

The European Centre for Law and Justice has filed an official request asking the UN to “recognize and put an end to the atrocities being carried about against Christians in Nigeria.” The Aug. 13 document presented to the UN’s Human Rights Council urges it to step in and stop the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria, especially the violence perpetrated by the extremist Boko Haram group. Read more

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World Mourns Kofi Annan Former UN Scribe

The African continent and indeed the entire world, on the 18th of August 2018, united in grief, as quintessential international diplomat and former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Kofi Atta Annan, passed on at 80, in Berne, Switzerland. Read more

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Cholera outbreak kills 186 people in Nigeria

Nigeria is dealing with a cholera outbreak that has infected over 16,000 people, including 186 reported deaths, according to Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control (NCDC). A cholera infection causes severe diarrhea and dehydration that can lead to death if not treated properly. It spreads through contaminated food or water. Read more

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Foundation to Empower 5, 000 Youths, Women in Skills, Vocational Training

A group, the Dr. Oluseye Yomi-Sholoye Foundation, has put machinery in motion to commence empowerment programme for thousands of youths and women in Lagos State and beyond. Read more

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Army Investigates Female Soldier who Brutalised Kid

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army in Lagos, said it has begun an investigation of the female soldier was accused of brutalising her niece for not washing dishes. Read more

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Jones Abiri Returns to Bayelsa, Recounts Ordeal

Jones Abiri, a journalist and publisher of a local tabloid in Bayelsa State, the Weekly Source, returned to Yenagoa, the state capital, and recounted his ordeal in the hands of the Department for State Security (DSS). Read more

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Military Releases 24 Children Associated With Armed Conflicts Group of Boko Haram To BOSG,, UN in Borno
The Nigeria Military has handed over 24 children earlier arrested to be associated with the Armed conflicts group of Boko Haram Terrorists in Borno state to the Borno State Government and UNICEF for deradicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration with their families and the society after 12 weeks psycho social services and vocational training. Read more

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Human Rights Commission Receives 17 Petitions Against SARS in South South

A total number of 17 petitions have been received by the National Human Rights Commission from members of the public bothering on alleged extrajudicial killings, molestation and torture by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Read more

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Saudis Campaign For Female Activist On Death Row

Saudi human rights activists have warned against the possible beheading of detained female political activist Israa al-Ghomgham, who has been provisionally sentenced to death by a Riyadh court. Read more

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Government Decries Insecurity in North East, Promises Decisive Action

The Federal Government has described as worrisome the prevailing insecurity in the North East and parts of the federation, promising to tame the menace headlong. Briefing State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa on 20th August, the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), stated that the gathering critically analysed the situation with a view to taking a more definite action. Read more

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Human Trafficking, Threat to Good Governance – NAPTIP

Human trafficking remains a major threat to good governance and rapid economic recovery of any nation, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has said. Read more

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MRA, KICTANet Launch AU Guide for Human Rights Defenders

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) have announced the launch of “The African Union: a guide for human rights defenders in the digital age,” an advocacy tool designed to enhance civil society engagement with the African Union system on digital policy issues. Read more

 

OPINION 

Nigeria: Journalists, Activists Detained, Allege Torture
End Harassment, Attacks on Freedom of Expression

Several recent arrests and detentions of journalists and activists in Nigeria suggest a disturbing trend toward repression of freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch. Read more

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How a Social Media Movement against Police Brutality prompted Nigerian Government to Act

“For more than a quarter of a century, Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)– has taken the lead on the country’s most serious crimes — armed robbery, kidnapping, assault, and murder. But following a months-long social media campaign known as #EndSARS by activists protesting alleged human rights abuses by the squad, Nigeria’s acting president has issued an order overhauling the controversial unit.” Read more

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“ISIS Widows” and “Boko Haram Wives”: Overlooked Abuses in Iraq and Nigeria

“Our investigations in Iraq and Nigeria, including almost 400 in-depth interviews across the two countries, have found that authorities and armed militia members working with the governments have branded thousands of displaced Iraqi and Nigerian women as affiliated with IS or Boko Haram, respectively, and subjected them to mistreatment and abuse as a result.” Read more

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Secures Judgement in Favour of Victim of Police Brutality in Yola, Adamawa State.

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

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 Petitions the Presidency on behalf of 279 persons illegally detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has submitted a petition to the Secretary to the Presidential Panel on Review of Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, demanding for a public hearing for 279 persons from Bama LGA detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015 on mere suspicion of being members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

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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.

PeepIntoTheLaw   

MultiChoice Appeals Court Judgement against Increased Tariff

MultiChoice, the parent company of DSTV and GoTV, has appealed an interim court from the federal high court sitting in Abuja. Read more

The Reasonable Man: The Court’s Most Trusted Consultant- Munir Ishaq

The Reasonable man test is usually adopted by the courts in plethora of instances, like in cases of civil negligence, defences to criminal liability, duty of care by the Agent in agency relationships etcetera. Read more

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Court Orders Buratai to Pay N11m to 11 Gombe Indigenes

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, to pay N11million as damages for the breach of fundamental rights of 11 Gombe State indigenes illegally detained by officers of the Nigerian Army. Read more

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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.

EVENTS  

Apply to be an Obama Foundation Fellow

Interested in becoming an Obama Foundation Fellow, applications for the 2019 Obama Foundation Fellowship is now opened. Deadline for application is 18th September 2019. Click here for more information.


Voice Beyond the Incident: Nigeria Sudden Opportunity Grant

Are there sudden manifestations or situation of injustice against person/persons/community? If your answer is yes, apply for the Sudden Opportunity Grant to voice beyond the incident. Deadline for application is 31 December 2018. Click here to find out more

Equal Rights Trust Seeking New Trustees

The Equal Rights Trust is currently seeking for individuals to join its international board of trustees. To indicate your interest, submit your CV to  info@equalrightstrust.org

World Youth Forum, Egypt 2018 for Young Leaders

Applications are open for the World Youth Forum Egypt 2018. The forum gathers young , experienced leaders from various fields to engage with policymakers, network with promising youths from different regions of the world that are keen to make the world better. Apply here

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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

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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

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NEWSLETTER FOR 13TH – 17TH 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.
13th – 17th AUGUST 2018

“If we destroy human rights and rule of law in the response to terrorism, they have won.”

— Joichi Ito 

NEWS   

Paul Usoro Emerges New NBA President
A new president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has emerged. He is Mr Paul Usoro, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He scored 4,509 to emerge winner after defeating Mr Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN and Prof Ernest Ojukwu also SAN, who scored 4,423 and who scored 3,313 respectively. Read more

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CSO Begins Project to Track Maternal Health Funds in Kano

The Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED) has started an innovative data gathering project to track the use of funds earmarked for maternal healthcare in Kano State. Read more

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Falana to new DSS boss: Release all Illegal Detainees now, Redeem its Image
Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, Sunday called on the acting director of the State Security Services, Mathew Seiyefa to review cases of hundreds of illegally detained persons by the Directorate of State Security, DSS under the leadership of the sacked director, Lawal Daura and release them forthwith. Read more

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CSJ Bags United Nation’s Special Status

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has been granted the United Nation’s special consultation status through its arm-Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). ECOSOC had adopted the recommendations of its committee on Non-Governmental Organisations, which rated CSJ as worthy of being actually engaged with the council and its subsidiaries as well as the UN’s secretariat, programmes funds and agencies in various ways. Read more

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What sacked DSS DG, Daura did secretly in office – Rights Commission

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has stated that the former Director-General, Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura abused his office. The body lamented that Daura secretly detained Nigerians illegally and also tortured many innocent people. Read more

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SARS Overhaul: Group Makes Case for Detainees

A human rights group, Citizens Unite for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE-Nigeria) has tasked the Nigeria police force to declare the number of detainees being held by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to the public. Read more

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Protest in Nigerian Capital over Journalist’s Detention

Hundreds of protesters on 16th August 2018 besieged the Nigeria police headquarters in the capital Abuja demanding the release of a local journalist who is being held by an anti-robbery police squad. Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter with the online news medium Premium Times, was detained over his story about a police report purportedly indicting Lawal Daura, the recently sacked head of the secret police, the outlet said. Read more

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Human Rights Lawyer Seeks Declaration of Saraki, Akpabio’s Seat Vacant

A Human Rights lawyer, Mr. Frank Tietie, has advised that the seat of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, be declared vacant since he had defected to another party. Read more

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Drug Companies Sue to Exclude their Drugs from Executions

Drug companies have made it clear that they don’t want states using their products to carry out death sentences. They’ve imposed strict limits on who can buy the drugs used for lethal injections, asked states to return some chemicals and, in one case, completely stopped making a drug to keep it out of the nation’s death chambers. Read more

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SARS Overhaul is a Positive Step but Reforms must be Robust

Responding to news that Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered an immediate overhaul of the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria Osai Ojigho said “This is an overdue yet hugely important move by Acting President Osinbajo. The growing outcry over the brutality of Nigeria’s notorious SARS police unit has finally got the attention of the country’s authorities. “While this is positive news, it is crucial that any overhaul of SARS is far-reaching and immediately effective. Restructuring SARS is not enough unless the government takes concrete steps to protect Nigerians. Read more

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Lagos Police Boss Edgal Sacks 8 Officers, Demotes Six

Edgal, also said that 108 officers were disciplined for various offences from January to July, 2018 in the Lagos State Command. He made the disclosure at a Stakeholders’ Forum on “Police Accountability and Presentation of Advocacy Materials at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja. Read more

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Rising Cases of Drug Abuse Worries Human Rights Commission

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concern on the rising cases of drug abuse/addiction in Nigeria, saying inadequate policy framework and a dearth of public healthcare facilities for victims have combined to worsen the situation. Read more

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NHRC Cautions Police Against Torturing Suspects

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has cautioned the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to desist from torturing suspects in order to obtain false evidence, adding that such acts now constitute criminal offence. Read more

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UN Demands Release of Three Aid Workers Abducted by Boko Haram

The United Nations has demanded the immediate release of three aid workers abducted while providing humanitarian support at Rann, Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno. Mr Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, made the cal during a courtesy call on Gov. Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri. Read more

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NAPTIP, Stakeholders’ Parley Towards Human Trafficking-Free Society

The growing incidences of human trafficking and abduction, despite measures by governments and non-governmental agencies to arrest the monster raises concerns, as well as calls for reassessing the measures and strategies towards a human trafficking-free society. Read more

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Foundation Boosts Education in Enugu State

Janet Amu Foundation, an NGO gave cheques of N100,000 each as bursary to 10 indigent students in Aku community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu state. Presenting the cheques to beneficiaries in Aku, the Founder of the Foundation, Mr Marcel Amu said that the affected students would continue to receive same amount until they acquired university education. Read more

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Bauchi Govt. Approves N103m to UNICEF to Fight Malnutrition

As parts of its commitment to eliminate malnutrition, the Bauchi State Government has approved the release of N103 million as counterpart fund to the UNICEF to treat 11, 517 severe malnourished children in the state. Read more

OPINION 

Unjust and Unwanted: Malaysia’s Mandatory Death Penalty

Malaysia is one of only a handful of countries around the world that continues to retain a mandatory death penalty – where death sentences are imposed automatically with no chance for the courts to consider the individual circumstances of the case. Read more

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The Value of Girl-Child Education in Nigeria

“Many girls today, do not have adequate education past a certain age. When a girl is 12-14 years old, the elders in the community feel she is “ripe for marriage” and their words are LAW. So what are her words worth when the elders in the community have spoken? Read more

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The Danger of a Better-Behaved Boko Haram

“Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadist group infamous for its bombings and abductions, is undergoing something of a makeover. A key faction that has the backing of so-called Islamic State has renounced its old blood-soaked ways and is trying instead to win hearts and minds in a new strategic twist to a nine-year insurgency that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.” Read more

LEDAP@WORK 

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

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LEDAP Petitions the Presidency on behalf of 279 persons illegally detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has submitted a petition to the Secretary to the Presidential Panel on Review of Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, demanding for a public hearing for 279 persons from Bama LGA detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015 on mere suspicion of being members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

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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

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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.

PeepIntoTheLaw   

Court Sentences Man to Death for Killing Pregnant Wife

An Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene Judicial Division has sentenced a father of seven, Friday Uko, to death by hanging for kicking and killing his pregnant wife, Mrs. Patience Uko. Read more

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Delta State Government Approves Increase In Civil And Criminal Jurisdiction Of Magistrates

In a statement signed by the Director of Information, in the Delta State Ministry of Information, the statement stated that the Delta State Governor in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 24 (1) of the Magistrates’ Courts Law of Delta State, 2006, Cap M1, Vol. 3 Laws of Delta State and all the powers enabling in that behalf, on the recommendation by the Honourable Chief Judge of Delta State, has approved the increase in the Jurisdiction of Magistrate in civil and criminal matters. Read more

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Court Stops MultiChoice From Increasing DSTV Subscription Rates
A Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained Multichoice Nigeria Limited from going ahead with its recent decision to increase the subscription tariffs for DSTV, its satellite cable television service providers. Read more

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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.

EVENTS  

Voice Beyond the Incident: Nigeria Sudden Opportunity Grant

Are there sudden manifestations or situation of injustice against person/persons/community? If your answer is yes, apply for the Sudden Opportunity Grant to voice beyond the incident. Deadline for application is 31 December 2018. Click here to find out more

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DRASA Health Trust Marks 4 years Since Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh

DRASA Health Trust exists to continue to carry on the legacy  of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh’s state. To mark 4 years since she passed away, they are currently seeking your donations to continue the trust. Click here to support to a good cause.

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Equal Rights Trust Seeking New Trustees

The Equal Rights Trust is currently seeking for individuals to join its international board of trustees. To indicate your interest, submit your CV to  info@equalrightstrust.org

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Public Hearing on Allegations Against the Special AntiRobbery Squad

The public hearing on allegations against SARS for the SouthEast take place at the Federal High Court, Owerri, Imo State on the 27th to 28th August 2018 from 10:00am.

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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

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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

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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

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NEWSLETTER FOR 6TH – 10TH AUGUST

 

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.
6TH – 10th AUGUST 2018

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

— Bjorn Ulvaeus

NEWS   

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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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

 

OPINION 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

LEDAP@WORK 

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

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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

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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.

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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
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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.

PeepIntoTheLaw   

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

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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

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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.
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EVENTS  

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 secretariat@lawyersofafrica.org, or via telephone +255 (27) 254-3192.
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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

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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

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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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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 LAUNCHES TORTURE PROJECT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNDEF

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In partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture, LEDAP has launched a project to tackle torture and ill treatment in policing. The project will be located Lagos, Adamawa , Yobe States, as well as at the Federal Capital Territory.

PROJECT SUMMARY
The use of torture and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in law enforcement has remained a major human rights challenge in Nigeria and has further increased with the current counter-terrorism operations of the police and military. Torture and other forms of ill treatment are widely used by police to obtain information and confessions from suspects, to intimidate, exploit, and to exert dominance and superiority over the weak. Also, women detainees are raped within the first hours of detention. In all these violations, most survivors are unable to report or seek redress and perpetrators are rarely punished. The Nigerian criminal and penal codes fail to explicitly criminalize the use of torture to extract information. As such, everyday law enforcement practices are in many cases inconsistent with the constitutional provision prohibiting torture.

This project seeks to address the increasing incidents of torture and SGBV committed by the police in Nigeria especially in the context of the on-going fight against terrorism and the introduction of Shari’a laws in 12 northern states including two target states of the project; Adamawa and Yobe state. The strategy is to address the specific problems of both the supply and demand sides in torture prevention. It will address the police’s poor anti-torture knowledge and attitudes (supply side), and at the same time empower the civil society and the public to monitor and demand for accountability wherever torture occurs (demand side).

The overall objective is to move Nigeria towards effective prevention and reduction of incidences of torture. This will be achieved by improving the understanding of police personnel and encouraging a human rights centered approach towards the treatment of suspects by police personnel. Also, by providing capacity for civil society organisations and victims of torture to demand for accountability. Particularly, this project is designed to increase knowledge and improve the attitude of over 7,300 police staff in Nigeria (supply side) towards torture prevention, and empower the demand side of human rights (330 representatives of CSOs (180), lawyers (50), journalists (20), Paralegals (80)) to report and support survivors and victims of torture and SGBV to assert and defend their rights to freedom from torture and ill treatment. The project will give assistance to 120 victims, including providing direct legal support to at least 20 cases (including 5 high impact cases) to improve jurisprudence in the area.

Furthermore, the project advocates for policy change and legal reform including engaging in dialogue with key actors, adopting a national policy on torture prevention and advocating for passing into law of the anti-torture bill, which is pending in the parliament. If successfully implemented, the project will build a sustainable pilot that addresses the needs and capacity of both the supply and demand sides of the prevention of torture and ill treatment, which could be replicated to all police formations and other law enforcement institutions in the country.