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NEWSLETTER FOR 2ND-6TH JULY 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.
2nd-6th July 2018 2018

“We will not enjoy security without development, we will not enjoy development without security, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights.” 

—Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

NEWS   

Nigerian Elected Judge of African Court on Human Rights

Nigeria’s Stella Isibhakhomen Anukam has been elected as one of the judges of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. Read more

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Civil Rights Activists March to Aso Rock over Killings Across Nigeria

Hundreds of civil rights activists marched to the Nigerian government’s seat of power, Aso Rock, to demand the end of killings in the country. The march was an initiative of a coalition of young Nigerians promoting good governance and citizen engagement under the name – Enough is Enough Nigeria. Read more

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Ezekwesili asks FG to Respond on Anti SARS Campaigns

A former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili said the Federal Government should be responsible enough and act on #EndSARS clamour by Nigerians. Mrs Ezekwesili said this at the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum which held in Abuja. Read more

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Army Opens Human Rights Desk in Akwa Ibom

The Nigerian Army has opened a Human Rights desk in Akwa Ibom state to foster cordial civil military relationship in their area of operation.The Commander 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Abdu Hassan, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday. Read more 

Police Charges Officers To Respect Human Rights Or Be Sanctioned

The Nigeria Police has charged it’s officers and men to embrace modern day policing by giving respect for human rights and protection of suspects inline with the inspector general of police’s policy direction. Read more

Court Orders Nigeria to Pay Two Families N170m over Rights Abuses

The Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered the Nigerian government to pay two families over N150million for rights violation. The court gave the directive in two judgements it delivered on Wednesday in two suits filed by the two Nigerian families, whose members suffered rights violation in the hands of security agents.  Read more

Senate okays State Police Agitations, House of Representatives to Probe Tanker Explosions
The Senate approved suggestions and agitations for the creation of state police as a way of strengthening security across the country. The Senate also directed its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to come up with a bill for creation of truth, peace and reconciliation commission within the next two weeks. In another development, in a bid to ensure the well-being of the citizenry, the House of Representatives has resolved to probe into the rising cases of petroleum tanker accidents leading to wanton destruction of lives and property across the country.
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Senate to Investigate Alleged Sexual Abuse, Violence At IDP Camps
The Senate will investigate reports of alleged sexual abuse of women at Internally Displaced Persons Camps in the North East and other parts of the country. Read more

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President Buhari Signs Executive Order to Check Corruption 

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law an Executive Order aimed at seizing assets of corrupt persons and institutions in Nigeria. The order also targets specific politically exposed persons who are currently being tried in courts for corruption. Read more

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NGO Petititons NHRC over Killing of Corps Member in Abuja

The Gavel, a non-governmental organisation, has written a petition to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the police officers who allegedly killed an Abuja corps member, Angela Igwetu. Read more

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Human Rights Watch Urges Ethiopia to Probe Claims of Torture at Prisons

Prisoners in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region have been arbitrarily detained and tortured for years, Human Rights Watch said, as it urged the Horn of Africa nation’s new prime minister to order an investigation. Read more

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Bring Perpetrators to Justice, Human Rights Commission tells Federal Government

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the federal government to take necessary action within the confines of the law to ensure that those who are behind the current killings in the country are brought to justice without further delay. Read more

 

OPINION 


The Secret Ingredient to Ensuring Human Rights – Salil Shetty

“True, human rights are under attack with very few leaders standing ready to champion them and provide moral leadership on an increasingly fragmented global stage. The United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council is the latest example of that.” Read more

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SARS Brutality and the Abuse of Human Rights in Nigeria

“Nigerians are being robbed by the Nigerian Police force through the SARS and the government is sitting idle, watching, someday in a twinkle of an eye Nigerians will revolt, taking no more of an idle government that doesn’t understand a singular thing about safety.”  Read more

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Police Barbarism

“There is the urgent need for a drastic psychological re-orientation of members of the NPF. This will entail not just a fundamental review of the curricula of police training schools but also continuous training and re-training, particularly in the areas of respect for human rights as well as the rule of law.” Read more

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Education in Nigeria: Overcoming Mass Displacement

“Mass internal displacement has a large impact on a country’s economy as well as its resources and living conditions. Displacement also greatly affects education. An estimated 952,029 Nigerian children have been displaced with little or no access to education because of the Boko Haram violence.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP & SayNoCampaign Discuss Social Issues with Amplified Radio


LEDAP Represntative, (left)
A representative from the LEDAP’s branch office in Abuja on 5th July 2018, joined SayNoCampaign on a radio program with Amplified Radio, an online radio station to discuss on pressing issues on corruption, child abuse and sexual exploitation.

LEDAP Anti-Torture Project Launches Social Media Campaign


The Anti-Torture Project has launched a social media campaign, follow the campaign on twitter, facebook and instagram, tag us in any stories on police brutality and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja

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

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Supreme Court Affirms Three Bakassi Boys’ Death Penalty

The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the death penalty imposed on three members of Bakassi Boys vigilante group in 2006. The High Court of Abia State had, on February 26, 2006, sentenced the three men to death for the murder of two persons which they were said to have apprehended for an alleged crime. A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Dattijo Muhammad unanimously ruled that the three men truly committed murder and deserved the death sentence imposed on them. Read more

Reasons for ‘Bloody’ Fridays At Supreme Court (II)

The Supreme Court hears contentious civil appeals on Mondays and Tuesdays, sits in the chamber to determine non-contentious appeals on Wednesdays; while it hears contentious criminal appeals on Thursdays. But the apex court delivers judgements in both contentious criminal and civil appeals on Fridays.From January 12 to June 1 this year, Supreme Court delivered judgements in 116 criminal appeals, and curiously death sentences by hanging was the dominant conclusion. Read more

Court Orders Issuance Of Notice On Lawmakers 

The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered that a hearing notice be issued and served on the National Assembly and others in a suit.The applicants are praying for an order compelling Senators and House of Representatives members to refund N13.5million and N10million monthly running cost, which they allegedly collected in the last three years. Read more

 

EVENTS  

Call For Proposals: 16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) invites proposals for the 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence. As part of AWDF’s support to the cause to eliminate Violence Against Womnen (VAW), AWDF supports the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign by awarding grants to women’s organisations in Africa to organise and coordinate activities around the event.
 The deadline for application is 20th July 2018. Read more

Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 

Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2018 are open. Do you know of somebody who has made a significant contribution to combating discrimination or advancing equality, but who has not yet received the credit they deserve? If so, please nominate them for the fourth annual Bob Hepple Equality Award. Deadline for application is 31st July 2018. Read more

IDRC Research Awards 2018 for Research Internships

The International Development Research Center Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration. The award is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university. The deadline is 5th Spetember 2018Read more

 

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NEWSLETTER FOR 25TH-29TH JUNE 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.
18th-22nd June 2018 2018

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” 

– George Washington

NEWS   

LEDAP, NHRC Walk Against Torture in Nigeria
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in collaboration with the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is launched a torture prevention campaign and held an anti-torture awareness walk in Abuja on June 26, to protest against the heinous act of torture and also provide assistance to torture victims and survivors. Read more

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Group Seeks Internal Monitoring Team to Reduce Police Torture

Sterling Centre for Law and Development (SCLD) and other human rights organisations have stressed the need for the Nigerian Police to step up its internal monitoring activities to reduce and eliminate torture of suspects for confessions or punishment for detainees. Read more

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SERAP Seeks Human Rights Council Special Session over Plateau Killings

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to all the Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva urging their delegation to hold a special session concerning the Plateau killings. Read more

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Free, Fair Elections in Nigeria: U.S, U.K Agree to Continue Joint Funding
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) amended a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend their joint funding arrangements to support Nigeria’s electoral processes through 2020 with an increased DFID contribution. Read more

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In 2018 Alone, 1,814 Nigerians Have Been Killed − Amnesty International
Amnesty International, a human rights group, says 1,814 people have been killed across 17 states since the beginning of 2018 — a figure that is already more than double the 894 that was recorded in the whole of 2017. Read more
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Nigerians Will Live Better Lives If Corrupt Officials Are Exposed – Falana
A human rights activist, Femi Falana, on Monday said the extensive corruption that has eaten deep into Nigeria’s fabric could be reversed if citizens speak out against the practice. Read more

NHRC to Probe Torture Allegations against SARS

The National Human Rights Commission has concluded plans for the probe of allegation of torture against men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in South South and South Eastern parts of the country. NHRC’s Executive Secretary, Anthony Ojukwu made this public on June 26 while speaking at an event put in place by his agency, the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN)Read more

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Research Shows Nigeria is 9th Most Dangerous Country for Women 
Nigeria has been ranked as the ninth most dangerous country for women according to a new poll by Thomson Reuters Foundation. The foundation contacted 548 experts focused on women’s issues to conduct a global perception poll to highlight the most dangerous countries for women. Read more

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NHRC Tasks Buhari On Quick Assent to Child Protection Bill

The Executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give children a gift by granting speedy assent to the 2018 Child Protection and Enforcement Agency (establishment) Bill. Read more

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Violation of Human Rights Unacceptable — AGF

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has said violation of human rights in the country was unacceptable. According to him, torture is a clear assault on the inherent dignity and fundamental freedoms of  persons. Read more
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Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect releases Atrocity Report on Nigeria, Myanmar and Syria
“Recurring conflict in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt” region is often rooted in historical grievances over land-use and resource allocation. These disputes have been exacerbated by growing desertification in the north of Nigeria, which has driven many ethnic Fulani herdsmen, who are mainly Muslim, southward into areas traditionally farmed by settled communities that are predominately Christian.” Read full report here

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Lagos State Government Dragged before Court over New Environment Law

Chairman, Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, AWMN, Alhaji Oladipo Egbeyemi and David Oriyomi, have dragged the Lagos State Government before a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, challenging the newly enacted Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law of 2017. Read more
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Caribbean Court of Justice Strikes Down Mandatory Death Penalty in Barbados

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the region’s highest court has unanimously declared the mandatory death penalty unconstitutional in Barbados, finally settling an issue which has occupied domestic and international tribunals for almost 15 years. Read more

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Cornell’s Death Penalty Worldwide Institute Training ‘A Network of African Lawyers’ To Fight Against Capital Punishment
On June 18, the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide kicked off its second annual Makwanyane Institute Workshop. The institute aims to train capital defenders and prepare them for the intricacies of capital offense trials in many different countries. Read more

 

OPINION 


Leave No Girl Behind in Africa
Discrimination in Education against Pregnant Girls and Adolescent Mothers

The African continent has the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world, according to the United Nations. Every year, thousands of girls become pregnant at the time when they should be learning history, algebra, and life skills. Adolescent girls who have early and unintended pregnancies face many social and financial barriers to continuing with formal education. Read more

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Nigeria: Rising Toll of Middle-Belt Violence
Urgently Step Up Investigations; Hold Attackers to Account

 The death of at least 86 people in attacks on six villages in Plateau State, Nigeria, is the most recent in a shocking spate of reprisal violence between nomadic cattle herders and farmers. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari promised to end the violence and hold those responsible to account, but has so far failed to do so.  Read more

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Curtailing Rights’ Violations from Pollution
“Daily, human rights are infringed upon consciously or unconsciously by multinational and mining companies. These unpleasant situations have pitted host communities against multinational companies, which have resulted in loss of lives and property. The Ogoni nine debacle still remains fresh in the memories of many Nigerians from during the military era.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Partners With NHRC and NCAT for “Walk Against Torture”

June 26 marked the International in Support of Victims of Torture. In light of this LEDAP partnered with the National Human Rights Commission and the National Committee Against Torture to host a “Walk Against Torture” in the capital of the country, FCT-Abuja. The purpose of the walk was to raise awareness concerning the serious issue of torture in Nigeria, call for the disbandment of SARS and request that the Attorney General of the Federation seek the full implementation of the Anti-Torture Act 2017.

LEDAP at Makwanyane Institute Workshop


LEDAP Representative, Mrs.Joke Aladesanmi (3rd from left)

A representative from LEDAP attended  this year’s Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, 2nd annual Makwanyane Institute workshop. The workshop is an intensive training workshop for capital defenders, and took place from June 18 to 28, 2018. Follow the events of the training with #makwanyaneinstitute on twitter and find out more here

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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

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Garnishee Must Be Resident Within The Jurisdiction Of The Court Making The Order?

In the recently decided case of Darsey Digital Press Ltd & Anor v. Ayo & Anor (2018) LPELR-44488(CA), the Court of Appeal held that it is a precondition to a proper garnishee proceeding that the garnishee be resident in the very State where the order is sought in accordance to Section 83 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act. Read more

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Appeal Court awards Damages against Air France for Breach of Contract

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has held that Air France was liable for breach of contract between it and one of its passengers, Mr Chidi Adebanya for compelling him to pay additional money in respect of purported excess luggage. The Court, therefore, ordered the airline to pay Mr Adebanya, N476,768.00 being the refund of the excess money paid for his luggage which was in violation of the terms of the contract between them and the cost of litigation. Read more

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Court Grants HEDA’s Judicial Review against Malami
A federal high court sitting in Lagos has granted the Human and Environment Development Agenda (HEDA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a leave for a judicial review against Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) in the Malabu oil deal. Read more

 

EVENTS  

Call For Proposals: 16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) invites proposals for the 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence. As part of AWDF’s support to the cause to eliminate Violence Against Womnen (VAW), AWDF supports the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign by awarding grants to women’s organisations in Africa to organise and coordinate activities around the event.
 The deadline for application is 20th July 2018. Read more
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Call for Applications: Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Advocacy & Litigation for LGBT Human Rights Defenders in Africa
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, cordially invites you to apply for the Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Advocacy & Litigation targeted at the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Africa. Deadline for applications is 10th July 2018. Click here to apply.

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UN Human Rights Council – 38th Session

The 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will be held from 18 June – 6 July 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. During the session, high-level discussions will be held on various human rights related issues, such as the right to privacy, rights of persons with disabilities, rights of minorities, and rights of children. Watch the sessions live here

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Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 

Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2018 are open. Do you know of somebody who has made a significant contribution to combating discrimination or advancing equality, but who has not yet received the credit they deserve? If so, please nominate them for the fourth annual Bob Hepple Equality Award. Deadline for application is 31st July 2018. Read more

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IDRC Research Awards 2018 for Research Internships

The International Development Research Center Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration. The award is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university. The deadline is 5th Spetember 2018Read more

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NEWSLETTER FOR 11TH-15TH JUNE 2018

 

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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.
11th-15th June 2018 2018

Today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts.” – 

Mary Robinson

NEWS   

Nigeria Honours Presumed Winner of Aborted 1993 Election

President Muhammadu Buhari made the unexpected announcement that from next year, June 12 would be a public holiday and commemorated as “Democracy Day”. He also gave Nigeria’s highest honour, GCFR  to Moshood Abiola who had been on track to win the 1993 election when it was annulled. Read more

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ActionAid – Perceived Lack of Neutrality of Security Agencies Fuels Insecurity

ActionAid Nigeria has lamented that perceived lack of neutrality and professionalism on the part of security agencies has manifested into diverse forms of insecurity across the country. Chairman Board of Directors, ActionAid, Ms. Patricia Donli disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while addressing the state of the nation. Read more

N1.1bn water scam : SERAP Calls for Deputy Speaker’s Prosecution

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has asked the Acting Chairmen of both the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) “to jointly investigate allegations of apparent conflict of interest and abuse of office involving Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Lasun Yusuff using his personal company to win water contracts amounting to about N1.1 billion from the Ministry of Water Resources, and to collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in any such investigation.” Read more

HEDA Petitions ICPC, Seeks Probe Of Gbajabiamila

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda, has asked the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to investigate the capital projects allocated to Surulere 1 Federal Constituency, represented by Hon. Femi
Gbajabiamila. Read more

NNPC Rejects Falana’s FOI Request on Fuel Importation

Femi Falana, prominent human rights lawyer and a senior advocate of Nigeria, had written an FOI concerning fuel importation data.However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it cannot honour freedom of information (FOI) requests because it is not a public corporation. Read more

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Former Governor of Plateau State Sentenced to 14 years in Prison for N1.12b Fraud

Former governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye,  was jailed for 14 years, after being found guilty of corruption and diversion of N1.126 billion to an unregistered company. Read more

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Former NHRC Chairman Inaugurates Civic Society to Fight Government Abuses

A former chairman of the board of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, has inaugurated a civic group to challenge the many cases of human rights abuse on country. The group is known as Civic Coalition for Democracy. Read more

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Nigerian Re-Elected Into UN Disabilities Rights Committee

Nigeria’s candidate, Danlami Basharu, has been re-elected into the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the 2019 to 2021 term, in a keenly contested election. Read more

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Argentina Moves Closer to Legal Abortion 
The Argentinian chamber of deputies is voting on a crucial bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. A vote on abortion on Wednesday could transform Pope Francis’s homeland from a country where women can go to jail for having an unlawful termination to one of Latin America’s most progressive countries on reproductive rights.Read more

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Lagos State, ATC to Boost Youth Empowerment with Digital Villages
ATC Nigeria, in collaboration with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Jobberman, is deploying digital villages across Lagos that will serve as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills acquisition centre, designed for youth empowerment. According to ATC Nigeria, access to the internet is widely seen as a human right in the eyes of millions of people around the world. Read more

Civil Society Groups Begin Good Governance Assessment In Osun

The Civil Society Coalition for Mandate Protection, the Nigerian Human Rights Community and the Green Peoples Environmental Rights Groups have embarked on a public assessment project in Osun State. The project targets about 30,000 respondents on governance in the state for the past eight years. Read more

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Group to Provide Free Legal Services For Vulnerables On Human Right Abuses in Nigeria

A group “Stop the Abuse Foundation” says it has taken upon itself to intervene in cases of human right abuses against women and children by providing free legal services for them at various legal clinics. Read more

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SERAP Institutes Court Suit Against Fashola Over ‘Corrupt, Unlawful’ Privatisation Of Electricity Sector

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Minister of Power, Works and Housing over his “failure to account for the spending on the privatisation of the electricity sector and the exact amount of post-privatisation spending on generation companies (GENCOS), distribution companies (DISCOS) and Transmission Company of Nigeria to date, and to explain if such spending came from budgetary allocations or other sources”. Read more

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IGP Approves Request by Human Rights Group to Audit all SARS Detention Cells in Nigeria

The Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim has approved the request of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to commence an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria including those of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Read more

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1,500 Nigerians Jailed in Italy
The Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Stefanou Pontesilli, says no fewer than 1,500 Nigerians are serving jail terms for various offences in Italy. Read more

2.5 Million Migrants Smuggled in 2016 – UNODC

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said at least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled during the course of 2016. UNODC, in the first ever Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants, said migrant smuggling occurred in all parts of the world, generated an income of up to $7 billion. Read more

UNICEF Urges all Countries to Provide Fathers with Paternity Leave

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged all countries to provide fathers with legally paid paternity leave to enable them have adequate time to spend with their newborn babies. Read more

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US.Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Visits Nigeria

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Abuja, Kaduna, and Lagos, Nigeria from June 18-22. Ambassador Brownback together with Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria will meet with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society groups. The Ambassadors will also tour the National Mosque and visit a refugee camp.

 

OPINION 


Human Rights Are Not a Luxury − Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

 “We are moving backward to an era of contempt for the rights of people who have been forced to flee their homes, because the threats they face there are more dangerous even than the perils of their voyage. Backward to a time when military operations could deliberately target civilians and civilian sites such as hospitals, and chemical gases were openly used for military purposes and against innocent families.”  Read more

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Thousands of Children are Imprisoned across Africa. They Need Justice

“Young people are all but invisible in the justice system, facing ill treatment at the hands of those who should be protecting them” Read more

Sexual Harassment – a Social Ill That Wreaks Havoc

“For decades now, multiple counts of sexual harassment have been the hallmark of social coexistence in Nigeria. Hardly a day passes without a claim of sexual harassment being made against people, across genders and economic and social status.” Read more

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The Cattle Conflict Pushing Nigeria to the Edge of a Religious Civil War

“Across Africa’s most populous country, an undeclared war, triggered in part by climate change and fought over cattle, has turned Muslims and Christians against each other in a confrontation so bitter it threatens to tear Nigeria apart.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Calls for Developers to Create AntiTorture App

In line with LEDAP’s Anti−Torture Project aimed at addressing the police’s poor anti-torture knowledge and attitudes and at the same time empower civil societies and the public to monitor and demand for accountability wherever torture occurs. LEDAP has launched a call for App Developers to create an Application where individuals can report incidents of torture. For more information contact info@ledapnigeria.org or pamela@ledapnigeria.org

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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

 

PeepIntoTheLaw   

Court Passes Death Sentence on 5 men for Killing Herdsman

A Yola High Court Presided over by Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri has sentenced five men to death for culpable homicide and for killing a herdsman. Read more

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Court Orders Adamawa Govt To Pay N660m To 659 Sacked Teachers
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) has ordered the Adamawa government to pay N660 million to 659 sacked teachers by the Adamawa Post Primary Board. Read more

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Court Sentences Policeman to Death over Unlawful Killing
Nasarawa State High Court, has sentenced to death by hanging a Police sergeant, Vincent Manu for the offence of culpable homicide. Read more

 

EVENTS  

Call for Applications: Master’s degree in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria now offers a LLM/MPhil (Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa) degree. This two-year programme is offered as a blended learning course comprising of online interaction and residential block-weeks in Pretoria.  Up to 15 full scholarships are available for African students. Deadline for applications: 31 July 2018. Apply here

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Danish Refugee Council Recruting

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. They are currently recruiting in various positions. Find out more about the vacancies and deadlines here

IDRC Research Awards 2018 for Research Internships

The International Development Research Center Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration. The award is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university. The deadline is 5th Spetember 2018Read more

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IWMF Women’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories 2018
Applications are now open for the IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society. It is a new funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. Applications close on the 29th of June 2018.  Read more

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Group Seeks Internal Monitoring Team to Reduce Police Torture

Sterling Centre for Law and Development (SCLD) has stressed the need for the Nigeria Police to step up its internal monitoring activities to reduce and eliminate torture of suspects for confessions or punishment for detainees.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a rally to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, its Coordinator, Deji Ajari, said the police should be more open to external monitoring by opening up its facilities to local and international groups who should be allowed to interact with detainees to ascertain if they were being subjected to torture.

According to Ajari, the police, as law enforcement agents in the country and having more contact with members of the public, was saddled with the responsibility of securing lives and property, as well as investigate and resolve crimes.

It also maintains peace in the society, but ironically it is the agency with the most cases of torture reported against it .

“The law criminalises the use of torture and sets in place mechanisms for the prevention, detection and prosecution of cases of torture against Nigerians.

“Implementation of the act will drastically reduce the use of torture in the country. We also commend the police for the steps so far taken to end the use of torture in the country.

“These steps have started to yield results, but more should be done to accelerate the positive returns of the reforms,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) yesterday called on nations to seek ways of reducing torture and improve victims’ access to seek redress.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said torture was unacceptable and unjustified at all times, urging governments and countries to expedite action to eradicate the practice.

He said observing the day on June 26 every year was instituted to acknowledge and honour survivors of torture globally, including those tortured for their political or other views, those caught in the fight against terrorism or those tortured because of their differences.

Civil society organisations (CSOs) also charged security operatives to obey the rule of law and adopt international best practices in the discharge of their duties.

Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Chairman, Board of Amnesty International, Nigeria, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, said despite the country’s laws protecting detained people from torture and mistreatment, severe pains were being inflicted on suspects to force confessions from them.

In a statement, National Coordinator, Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), Chino Obiagwu, urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and CSOs to document incidents of torture and demand prosecution of offenders in line with the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act.

 

Culled from The Guardian Website.

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LEDAP, NHRC Walk Against Torture in Nigeria

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in collaboration with the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is launching a torture prevention campaign and anti-torture awareness walk in Abuja, June 26, to protest against the heinous act of torture and also provide assistance to torture victims and survivors. This is done to mark the 2018 International day for Support of Victims of Torture.This was announced in a press release by the National Coordinator of LEDAP, Mr. Chino Obiagwu. According to him, the rate of torture in Nigeria is on a high and is mostly done by law enforcement agencies against innocent victims.“In Nigeria, there are daily reports of torture of suspects by police, military and other law enforcement agencies, which are in not in accordance with the constitutional provision prohibiting torture. The perpetrators are not prosecuted and victims are unable to seek redress.

“LEDAP also uses this medium to call on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to document incidents of torture and demand prosecution of offenders in line with the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act.”

Culled from The Guardian Website

 

NEWSLETTER FOR 28TH May – 1ST June 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.
21st–25th May 2018

“Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.” – 

Pope Francis

NEWS   

LEDAP Seeks to Reduce Incidences of Torture, Training of Police officers
Buoyed by the desire to reduce the incidences of torturing suspects in Nigeria, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has commenced the training of police officers in Lagos. The training, which is in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Funds (UNDF) and National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) is christened, ‘Community Mobilization Against Tortured’. Read more

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LEDAP Warns Institutions against Post -UTME Screening, says Court Order Subsists

The Legal Defence and  Assistance Project (LEDAP) has warned managers of the nation’s tertiary institutions against conducting the Post – Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), warning that there’s a subsisting order of the court against the exercise. Read more

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A Minute of Silence for Victims of Nigeria’s Epidemic of Violence

Nigerian civil society groups declared Monday, 28th May 2018 a national day of mourning and remembrance to honour the victims of violence across the country. The observation of a minute of silence  was to call attention to the inadequate response of Nigerian security agencies to the epidemic of violence, a response that’s been criticized for being  slow and inefficient. Read more 

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Innocent Idibia, Oby Ezekwesili, others march against Violent Killings in Nigeria

Nigerian artiste, 2Face Idibia, former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili and human rights lawyer, Chidi Odinkalu joined other Nigerians to march against violent killings across the country. The peaceful walk was organised by the  Civil Society Joint Nigeria Crisis Action Committee (JN-CAC) to honour and mourn those who have been killed in recent times in the country. Read more

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Demand Justice for Abused Survivors of Boko Haram

Thousands of women and girls have survived Boko Haram only to face attacks and abuse from the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them. A group of displaced women called the Knifar Movement are campaigning for justice and for their husbands to be released. The group submitted detailed testimony to a Presidential Investigative Panel about the violations that they faced but the report is yet to be released. Amnesty International is calling on your support to put pressure on the president to release the report. To support the call for the release of the report, sign the petition here

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Ireland Votes by Landslide to Legalise Abortion

Ireland has voted by a landslide to repeal its near-total ban on abortion, an extraordinary victory for women’s rights that seals the country’s transformation from bastion of religious conservatism to one of Europe’s most tolerant democracies. Read more

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Gender Pay Gap Costs Global Economy $160tn, says World Bank study

Gender equality would enrich the global economy by an estimated $160tn (£120tn) if women were earning as much as men in the workplace, a study by the World Bank has found. Read more

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Shiite Killings in Nigeria: U.S knocks FG over failure to act on report indicting troops

The United States in its International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 has faulted the Nigerian government for failing to act on a report indicting the Nigerian Army on the clash between soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement. The report was released on 29th May by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour. View the full report here

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SERAP Secures Judgment Ordering President Muhammadu Buhari to Look into Allegations of Corruption

A judgement delivered on 27th May 2018 by Justice Mohammed Idris, following a mandamus with suit no: FHC/L/CS/1821/2017 brought by the  Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has ordered President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently instruct security and anti-corruption agencies to forward to him reports of their investigations into allegations of budget padding and stealing of some N481 billion from the 2016 budget by some principal officers of the National Assembly.” Read more

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Saudi Arabia Outlaws Sexual Harassment

Saudi Arabia has passed a new law to criminalise sexual harassment. The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, passed a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a maximum penalty of 300,000 riyals ($80,000). Read more

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Nigerian Activists Warn IDPs of Human Trafficking Risk

Human rights activists say countless women and girls who were living in IDP camps in northeast Nigeria have been lured to other countries under false pretenses for sex work or slave labor. A new campaign is trying to educate women about the dangers. In Maiduguri, Chika Oduah went out with the campaigners and interviewed two women who were trafficked abroad and are now back in Nigeria. Watch here

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Activists Create African Human Rights Media Network

Human rights activists based in Nigeria have established the African Human Rights Media Network, which promotes awareness and respect for the rights of minorities, including sexual minorities, throughout the continent. RightsAfrica.com is the central website for the network. Read more

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ICRC Partners Nigerian Police on Rights of Detainees

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is partnering the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to evaluate how the legal system in Nigeria is handling the pre-trial of detainees. Read more

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NHRC Seeks Partnership of Prisons on Human Right Protection

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought partnership with Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) on human right protection. The newly appointed Cordinator of NHRC, Mr Nuhu Mohammed made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the controller of prisons Niger state command, Baba Gana in his office. Read more

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U.S. to Designate Nigeria ‘Country of Particular Concern’ Over Killings

Against the backdrop of incessant killings in Nigeria, particularly the predominantly Muslim herdsmen slaying Christian farmers, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended to the US government that Nigeria should be designated as a “Country of Particular Concern”. Read more

 

OPINION 


Rethinking Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Nigeria: Why Abortion Laws Need Reform

“It is no news that many women around the world today are still being denied  key sexual and reproductive rights i.e. their right to enjoy control over and make decisions on their sexual and reproductive health without discrimination, coercion, detention, or violence. But perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in Nigeria, where a woman cannot autonomously decide the number and timing of children she wishes to have.” Read more

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18th Democracy Day: How Has Nigeria Fared?

“What Nigeria has become of in the last 19 years of democratic rule calls for reflections. Howbeit, with the gradual development witnessed over the years, Nigerians deserve to remember their past and celebrate a determined leadership now in place.” Read more

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Rapper Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’ video Holds up a Mirror for the Country

“While the concept for the ‘This is Nigeria,’ video isn’t original, what Falz did was internalize the message, pass it through his own artistic filter and bring it home to Nigeria to highlight the country’s numerous social ills.” Read more

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How Journalism Can Help Beat Human Traffickers in Nigeria

Nigerian journalist and rights advocate, Philip Obaji Jr. describes what working with children displaced by Boko Haram has taught him both about the power of storytelling and the importance of education – and access to clean water – to protect children at risk of trafficking. Read more

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Executed, Disappeared, Tortured: The risks of Defending Human Rights

According to the human rights organisation, Front Line Defenders, 312 human rights activists were murdered in 2017. Of those killed, 212 were from Latin America. In the climate of fear following the murder of activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras, Lucy Lamble talks to Ana Paula Hernández about her work supporting campaigners who fight to protect native lands. Listen to the podcast here

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Community Development as if People Matter: Lessons from Nigeria

“The ways in which communities themselves foster sustainable development have not been adequately studied in most poor societies. Communities acting on the ground, of course, often must balance competing environmental, economic, and social equity demands.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 

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

Based on LEDAP’s recent court judgment obtained 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.  Read more

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LEDAP Commences Anti-Torture Training for Police Officersin Adamawa

LEDAP’s training of police officers on torture begins in Adamawa State. LEDAP will commence training of officers at the Adamawa State Command from the 6th to 7th June 2018. Sixty middle and senior officers will be 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

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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

 

PeepIntoTheLaw   


Proof Of Evidence, Preliminary Objections And The Recent Supreme Court Decision in UKIRI V. FRN

The Supreme Court in the recent case of  Ukiri Emonena Blessing v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2018) LPELR-44213(SC) held that  the failure to attach proof of evidence with a charge will only be fatal if the defendant is misled by the error. Read more

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Court Orders IGP, Police to Pay Delta Family N20m over Murder

The Federal High Court in Ibadan, on Thursday ordered the Nigerian Police Force to pay N10 million as compensation to the family of Alidu Hakeem, a commercial driver shot dead by a policeman at Saki. Hakeem was shot to death by a police inspector, Ifeayin Onynbu on March 9, 2016 along Saki-Okere International Market road in Saki. Read more

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Copyright Infringment: Court awards N5m against Clarence Peters

The Federal High Court in Lagos has entered judgment against music video director, Clarence Peters, for alleged copyright infringement. The judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun was in favour of Uwana Victor and Akan Victor, trading under the name, Black Alliance. Read more

 

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Proof Of Evidence, Preliminary Objections And The Recent Supreme Court Decision in UKIRI V. FRN

The Supreme Court in the recent case of  Ukiri Emonena Blessing v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2018) LPELR-44213(SC) held that  the failure to attach proof of evidence with a charge will only be fatal if the defendant is misled by the error. Read more

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Court Orders IGP, Police to Pay Delta Family N20m over Murder

The Federal High Court in Ibadan, on Thursday ordered the Nigerian Police Force to pay N10 million as compensation to the family of Alidu Hakeem, a commercial driver shot dead by a policeman at Saki. Hakeem was shot to death by a police inspector, Ifeayin Onynbu on March 9, 2016 along Saki-Okere International Market road in Saki. Read more

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Copyright Infringment: Court awards N5m against Clarence Peters

The Federal High Court in Lagos has entered judgment against music video director, Clarence Peters, for alleged copyright infringement. The judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun was in favour of Uwana Victor and Akan Victor, trading under the name, Black Alliance. Read more

 

EVENTS  

Call for Applications: Master’s degree in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria now offers a LLM/MPhil (Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa) degree. This two-year programme is offered as a blended learning course comprising of online interaction and residential block-weeks in Pretoria.  Up to 15 full scholarships are available for African students. Deadline for applications: 31 July 2018. Apply here

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Nigerian National Human Rights Commission, Journal Call for Papers

The Editorial Committee of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission Journal, a publication of the National Human Rights Commission, invites scholarly full length articles, commentaries and notes on contemporary issues of human rights for the 8th edition of the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission Journal. Papers received on or before the 28th of July 2018 will be considered for publication.  Read more

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IWMF Women’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories 2018
Applications are now open for the IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society. It is a new funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. Applications close on the 29th of June 2018.  Read more

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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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Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly

In view of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the declaration of human rights defenders, the Special Rapporteur will be reporting on the situation of human rights defenders. To this end a questionnaire on the situation of human rights defenders has been prepared for civil society organisations to complete.The deadline for submission is 13th June 2018. Read more

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NEWSLETTER FOR 21ST–25TH May 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.
21st–25th May 2018

“Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.” – 

Shirin Ebadi

NEWS   

Women who Survived Boko Haram  Raped, Starved and Detained in Nigeria

In a report released by Amnesty International on 24th May 2018 titled “They Betrayed Us” The organsation looks at how thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them. Read the report here

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Nigeria Presidency Disputes Amnesty International’s Human Rights Allegations

Nigerian Presidency  says recent report released by the Amnesty International alleging human rights violation by Nigerian security agencies is “inherently battling with credibility, falling vehemently short of evidential narration.” Read more

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Seek Justice for Zakzaky Beyond Nigeria, Amnesty International tells IMN

Amnesty International has advised the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to seek justice for  Ibrahim Zakzaky, its leader, and members held in detention by the Kaduna state government, outside the Nigerian judiciary. Read more

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More than 50 Lawsuits Loom Large as Shell holds AGM

As oil giant Shell prepares for its annual shareholders meeting in The Hague this week, Amnesty International is drawing investors’ attention to dozens of national and international lawsuits that are currently underway against the company and that could potentially cost it millions. Read more

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Zimbabwe Applies to Rejoin Commonwealth

Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, marking a major step in the country’s international re-engagement after Robert Mugabe was ousted last year. Read more

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Falana seeks Visa Ban on Nigerian Public Officials Involved in Money Laundering

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged Western governments to impose visa ban on Nigerian public officials involved in money laundering and other corrupt acts. Read more

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Saudi Arabia Arrests Hathloul, Six Women’s Rights Activists

Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women’s rights advocates, including Loujain al-Hathloul,  dividing public opinion just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift its driving ban on women. Read more

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OCHA Relases NorthEast Situation Update for April

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released its April 2018 Humanitarian Update on North-East Nigeria. The report raises concerns about food insecurity in the region in the upcoming season as well as insecurity in the region. Read the full report here.

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Reps to End Child Labour, abuse in Nigeria

Worried by the increasing rate of child labour and abuse in Nigeria, the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Ministries of Women Affairs and Labour to put modalities in place to arrest the ugly trend. The House also mandated its committee on Human Rights to enlighten the public on the need to bring cases of child abuse to the notice of relevant authorities. Read more

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Sudanese Teenager who Killed Rapist Husband Appeals Death Sentence

The lawyers for a young Sudanese woman sentenced to death for killing her husband as he tried to rape her have formally appealed the ruling as a petition calling for her to be spared reached a million signatures. Read more

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Nigerian Army Restates Commitment to Respect Rule of Law, Human Rights

The Nigerian Army on Thursday restated its determination to continue to respect the rule of law and ensure that its personnel conduct themselves within the ambit of law at all times. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, gave the pledge at the launch of a book entitled: “Introduction to Military Law Practices and Procedure in Nigeria’’ in Abuja. Read more

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Brazil Rescues African, Guyanese Migrants Drifting at Sea

Brazilian fishermen rescued two dozen migrants from Africa and Guyana found drifting near the north-east coast of Brazil after 35 days at sea, officials and local media said Sunday. The migrants came from Nigeria, Senegal and the small South American country of Guyana, the human rights department for Brazil’s state of Maranhao said in a statement. Read more

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Pollution Worsens Around Shell Oil Spills in Nigeria

The environmental damage around the site of two Royal Dutch Shell PLC oil spills in Nigeria a decade ago has worsened significantly after years of delay to cleanup efforts, according to a report that the oil giant has been accused of trying to shield from public view. Read more

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14m People Affected by Boko Haram Insurgency 

Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN Tijani Bande has said that 14.8 million people were affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. Bande told the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts that about 1.7 million of the people were internally displaced. Read more

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International Donors Pledge $2bn to Support Gambia
International donors have pledged $1.71 billion (1.45 billion euros) to support The Gambia’s democratic transition.The pledge was made at an international donors’ conference hosted by the EU and The Gambia.  Read more

OPINION 


What #JusticeforNoura Tells Us About the Women and the Death Penalty

Two weeks ago, Noura Hussien was sentenced to death for the murder of her rapist. Today, Noura’s legal team have filed an appeal against this decision. “Noura was a victim of child marriage, forced marriage, rape and denial of justice,” her legal team said in a statement. Though the injustice of this case is clear to many internationally, Noura may not escape her sentence. Read more

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Chagala: Travails of Nigerian girls inside Egypt’s slave markets (1)

How much is a human worth? With just $2,000, an underage girl is sold as a slave in Egypt where human traffickers are making fortunes smuggling women for forced cheap labour and domestic servitude. Wale Ajetunmobi reports the travails of Nigerian girls trapped in slavery in Egypt. Read more

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Dwindling Farmland Sparks a Deadly Conflict in Nigeria
Christian farmers, Muslim herdsmen square off in escalating violence that puts President Muhammadu Buhari’s security pledges to the test before elections. Read more

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Speaks with Human Rights Watch on What the ICC Means for  Human Rights

As the Rome Statute reaches twenty, the Human Rights Watch spoke to two leading activists, Chino Obiagwu, LEDAP’S lead counsel and Amal Nassar of the International Federation for Human Rights about why the International Criminal Court matters today to the fight to protect human rights. Watch the discussion here.

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LEDAP Anti-Torture Training for Police Officers Continues 

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

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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

 

PeepIntoTheLaw   


Court Declares Sack of Teacher on Maternity Leave ‘Unlawful’

The National Industrial Court, has declared the dismissal of one Akpomovine Ojo-Gabriel for embarking on maternity leave as `unlawful’ by the Hillside School, Abuja. Justice Rakiya Haastrup in delivering the judgement ordered payment of her salary and cost of suit. Read more

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Court Orders IGP, Police to Pay Delta Family N20m over Murder

A Delta State High Court sitting in Sapele has ordered the Inspector-General of Police and the Nigeria Police to pay the family of a 41-year-old mechanic, late Samson Efe, from Aghalokpe town in Okpe Local Government Area of the state the sum of N20m for their roles in the death of the deceased. Read more

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Court Slams N5M Damages On Police In Anambra For Unlawful Detention, Infringement Of Fundamental Rights 

The state High Court Two sitting in Ihiala Judicial Division has declared unlawful the seventy three day detention meted out to Mr. Chikwado Okafor for alleged involvement in the death of one Chigozie Okoli who was last seen with him. Read more

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High Court orders police to pay N10m damages to Alaba filmmaker after allegation, detention 

The Lagos division of the Federal High Court has ordered the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to pay a businessman, Uchechukwu Chukwuma the sum of N10m as damages. Chukwuma was accused of pirating Nollywood movies by the force – He said he was detained in police custody for almost two months in 2017. Read more

EVENTS  

Nigerian National Human Rights Commission, Journal Call for Papers

The Editorial Committee of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission Journal, a publication of the National Human Rights Commission, invites scholarly full length articles, commentaries and notes on contemporary issues of human rights for the 8th edition of the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission Journal. Papers received on or before the 28th of July 2018 will be considered for publication.  Read more

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IWMF Women’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories 2018
Applications are now open for the IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society. It is a new funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. Applications close on the 29th of June 2018.  Read more

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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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Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly

In view of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the declaration of human rights defenders, the Special Rapporteur will be reporting on the situation of human rights defenders. To this end a questionnaire on the situation of human rights defenders has been prepared for civil society organisations to complete.The deadline for submission is 13th June 2018. Read more

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NEWSLETTER FOR 14TH – 18TH MAY 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.
14th–18th May 2018

“A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.” – Ramsey Clark

 

NEWS   

Conduct Post-UTME Tests, Risk Court Contempt, LEDAP warns Varsities

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project, has warned tertiary institutions against conducting post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination tests for candidates seeking admission. LEDAP, in an open letter by its National Coordinator, Mr. Chino Obiagwu, warned that any tertiary institution conducting post-UTME test risked being cited for contempt of court. Read more

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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.

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2018 Global Report on Internal Displacement 

Conflict and disasters displaced 30.6 million people within their own countries last year, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Click here for the full report.

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NHRC Releases Directives on Treatment of Accused Persons & Suspects by Law Enforcement Officers

The National Human Rights Commission has released a directive on how accused persons and suspects should be treated by law enforcement officers. Disobedience to the directives of the Commission attracts a punishment of 6 months imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 or both under the NHRC Act 1995 as amendedRead more

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SERAP Petitions UN over Nigerian Government’s Disobedience of Court rulings and Orders
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned Mr. Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers requesting him to use his office to prevail on the Nigerian government to end its persistent disobedience of court rulings and orders. Read more

Human Rights Abuses Remain Unreported – ICIR

At a one-day workshop on human rights reporting for journalists and civil society organisations in Abuja, The International Centre for Investigative Reporting condemned the level of human rights abuses reportage in Nigeria. The centre said most human rights abuses remain unreported by the media. Read more

UN Holds Special Session

The United Nations held a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The session was held on the 18th May 2018, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein released a statement condemning the events in Gaza. Read more

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Germany to Return 30,000 Nigerian Migrants

Germany has proposed a new process that will facilitate the smooth repatriation of over 30,000 illegal Nigerian migrants back to the country. Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said this when he received the Security Adviser to the President of Germany, Dr Jan Hecker, and his team in Abuja. Read more

Rights Groups Seek Prosecution of Gambian ex-leader in Ghana

A survivor, families of the disappeared and human rights organizations are seeking the extradition and prosecution in Ghana of Gambia’s former leader Yahya Jammeh for alleged direct involvement in the killing of more than 50 West African migrants in 2005. Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International on Wednesday called on Ghana’s government to investigate new evidence they say ties Jammeh to the killings of Ghanaians and others. Read more

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UNHCR, NHCR Urge Nigerian Military to Improve Human Rights Record

The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHCR) have urged the Nigerian military to improve its human rights records, especially in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the North-east. Read more

Troops Trained on Human Right Protection

Recent partnership between the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the National Human Rights Commission (NHCR) to improve the mainstreaming of Human Rights and civilian protection into Counter Insurgency Operations in the North East is yielding positive results, as troops gathered together on the 17th of May 2018 for training on the protection of Human Rights. Read more

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Human Rights Campaign Commemorates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

HRC marked the observance of the 2018 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) by spotlighting global challenges to LGBTQ equality and calling out the Trump-Pence Administration for turning a blind eye to the oppression and abuse of LGBTQ people around the globe. Read more

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UNICEF To Support Treatment Of 279,542 Malnourished Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Children Investment Foundation Fund (CIFF) has pledged to support Kaduna State Government to treat no fewer than 279,542 severe acute malnourished children in the state. Read more

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ECOWAS Court Orders Federal Government to Pay Abuse Victim N50m

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States presided over by Justice Wilkins Wright, has ordered the Federal Government to pay a domestic violence victim, Mary Sunday, the sum of N50m as compensation for her pains. While handing down the judgment in Abuja, the regional court said that the government failed to investigate the matter when it happened and also provide the lady access to justice as guaranteed under the law. Read more

 

OPINION 


Nigerian Refugees’ Human Rights Lawsuit against Italy, could set Precedent

The lawsuit filed by a group of Nigerian refugees who said Italy put their lives at risk and violated their human rights through its support and supply of Libyan marine officials is the first of its kind, and could set a precedent for similar cases in the future, analysts say. Read more

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Terrorists Are Not the Only Ones Exploiting Ungoverned Spaces Across Nigeria

“There has been a wave of recent killings in the Middle Belt and in northwestern Nigeria, regions where Boko Haram does not routinely operate. The killings are often the result of quarrels over land use, referred to as “herder-farmer conflicts,” cattle rustling and other criminal activity, and reprisal attacks.” Read more

Beyond the Ban on Codeine

“Nevertheless, the real work is to design a sustainable and holistic approach that tackles drug abuse right from the source. We must discard the temptation and cosmetic approach of always treating the symptoms rather than the disease.” Read more

How Data Can Beat Poverty

“Understanding the poor is a hard enough task in any country, but Nigeria further complicates it with our large, ethnically and regionally fragmented population. This makes it hard to design or implement one-size-fits-all policies.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Speaks with Human Rights Watch on What the ICC Means for  Human Rights

As the Rome Statute reaches twenty, the Human Rights Watch spoke to two leading activists, Chino Obiagwu, LEDAP’S lead counsel and Amal Nassar of the International Federation for Human Rights about why the International Criminal Court matters today to the fight to protect human rights. Watch the discussion here.

LEDAP Anti-Torture Training for Police Officers Continues 

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

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LEDAP Writes Open Letter to Universities & 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. 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

 

PeepIntoTheLaw   


Otokoto Ritual Murder: Supreme Court frees suspect, Ajaegbu, 22 years after

22 years after, the Supreme Court, on Friday, freed Mr. Alban Ajaegbu, who was one of the accused persons in the celebrated ‘Otokoto’ ritual murder of 11-year-old Ikechukuwu Okoronkwo.  Ajaegbu who was said to have worked as a gardener at the hotel,  was discharged and acquitted of the crime by the Supreme Court on Friday. The apex court, in a unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of Justices, held that circumstantial evidence the trial court relied upon to convict and sentence him to death by hanging, was not sufficient.  Read more

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Developer Found Guilty on 267 Count Charge for Duping 133 Tenants of N25m

An Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, has sentenced a property developer, Alhaji Ayobami Oseni, to 2,670 years imprisonment for duping 133 accommodation seekers of N25 million. Chief Magistrate O. O. Olatunji convicted Oseni following his plea of guilty to 267 counts of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretenses and stealing. He sentenced Oseni to 10 years imprisonment with no option of fine on each of the 267 counts. The sentences are to run concurrently.  Read more

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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

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United Arab Emirates and Nigeria Exchange Instruments of Ratification on Judicial Agreements

The agreements were signed between both countries regarding the apprehension of criminals, extraditing convicted persons, providing mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, as well as for legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters, according to UAE state news agency WAM. The agreements between the countries will be effective as of 13 June 2018. Read more

 

EVENTS  

Nigerian National Human Rights Commission, Journal Call for Papers

The Editorial Committee of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission Journal, a publication of the National Human Rights Commission, invites scholarly full length articles, commentaries and notes on contemporary issues of human rights for the 8th edition of the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission Journal. Papers received on or before the 28th of July 2018 will be considered for publication. Read more

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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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