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NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER 1ST -5TH 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.
1st-5th October 2018 

“There can be no peace without justice and respect for human rights.”

— Irene Khan

NEWS

NJC Recommends Two Judges for Dismissal

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the dismissal from office of Justice R. N. Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court and Justice James T. Agbadu-Fishi of the National Industrial Court. The decision was taken at the council’s 87th meeting held on October 3 under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen. Read more

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Nigeria @ 58: Lawyers Renew Call for Abolishing Capital Punishments

Experts who gathered recently at a round table on revisiting death penalty in Nigeria, organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), said African countries have been pursuing the easiest course, which is the elimination of the offenders from society. According to Chino Obiagwu, SAN, national coordinator, Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP), the dangers of continued use of the death penalty are so grim to be ignored or avoided for political or religious reasons. Read more

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FG Reiterates Commitment to Rule of Law, Seeks Support on Human Rights

Kaduna – The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights. Malami made the remarks in Kaduna on Tuesday, October 2, at the opening of the North West Zone Consultation Meeting on the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Nigeria. Read more

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PSC Partners AI To Tackle Human Rights Abuse

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has pledged to work with the Nigerian Office of Amnesty International (AI) to drastically reduce cases of human right abuses in Nigeria. The chairman of the commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith conveyed the commission’s position when he received in audience a delegation from the Nigerian Office of the organisation. Read more

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Onnoghen: Corruption Thrives in Culture of Impunity
Corruption in the judicial arm of government happens if an arbiter, in this case a magistrate, a judge, a justice or a panel, having heard from all parties and having determined where justice lies, decides to do the wrong thing by giving judgment to favour a particular individual or party over another. We must not lose sight of the indispensable role of the judiciary in the fight against corruption. Read more

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Foundation Celebrates Older Persons Day, Calls for Greater Rights for the Aged

A humanitarian foundation, DAGOMO Foundation, has called for greater rights for older people in Nigeria, as it marks the World Older Persons Day. October 1 is celebrated around the world as Older Persons Day. The theme for this year, “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions“, is meant to honour an older persons rights champion, late Julia Alvarez. The foundation restated that older persons have guaranteed rights to participate in good governance and should be free from discrimination. Read more

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Group to Monitor Rights Abuses in Detention Centres
The Federal Government has constituted a committee to monitor detention centres nationwide to ensure the protection of detainees’ rights. Presidential Committee on Prisons Decongestion and Reform (PCPDR) Chairman Justice Ishaq Bello made this known in Abuja while inaugurating a working group to monitor the implementation of Section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015. Read more

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Former Chairman Rights Commission Laments Shrinking Civic Space In Nigeria

Former chairman national human rights commission Professor Chidi Odinkalu is optimistic that reclaiming Nigeria’s sliding civic space can be realistic if the people participate in governance. Civil society organisations believe that the civil space is shrinking and therefore feel that attempts should be made to reverse the trend. Speaking at the forum Chidi Odinkalu said the level of human rights violations in Nigeria is on the increase under the watch of the people. Read more

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Army Jails Two Soldiers 10 Years for Abduction

The Nigerian Army has found two soldiers on Operation Lafiya Dole guilty for alleged violation of human rights in Borno State and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment. President of the General Court Martial (GCM) 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Olusegun Adesina, while delivering judgement yesterday at the Officers’ Mess of the Maimalari Cantonment, said the action of the soldiers was unlawful and against the ethics of the armed forces. Read more

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LEDAP Boss, Chino Obiagwu Conferred the Rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria

On the 24th of September 2018, Human Rights Lawyer and National coordinator of Legal Defence and Assistance Project, (LEDAP), Mr Chino Obiagwu was conferred the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). The event was held at the Supreme Court Complex Abuja. The rank of SAN is a privilege bestowed on senior lawyers to show great leadership, integrity, humility, exemplary character and a role model to all aspiring lawyers and the public at large.

 

OPINION

Rule of Law Versus National Security: What the Law Says

The rule of law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest”The above statement was made by President Muhammadu Buhari while flagging off the recently concluded, 2018 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja on August 26, 2018. Read more

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The Need to Reform the Justice Sector in Nigeria

Stakeholders present at the CLEEN foundation 1st Kaduna State quarterly working group meeting on the Administration of Criminal Justice on 25th of September, 2018 unanimously agreed that the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice indeed intends to fasten up criminal proceedings in Nigeria with new initiatives of community service for minor offences, to option of plea bargain, and number of adjournments that should be allowed in a criminal trial. Read more

Judiciary Still in Search of Solution to Delayed Justice
As shown by the statistics supplied annually by various courts, the best efforts of the judges can hardly reduce the backlog of court cases which continues to impede speedy and effective justice administration in Nigeria and prepare the ground for judicial corruption. Read more

A Painless Solution to Law Enforcement Misconduct by Tochukwu Chukwmerije

The securing of claims against law enforcement are an important part of our legal system, providing a balance between the duties of law enforcement to up hold the laws, and the rights of citizens to be free from law enforcement misconduct – See Section 35(6) 1999 Constitution – Anyone unlawfully arrested is entitled to compensation. Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK

CSO Observatory Group on the ACJA Visit Nassarawa State for Advocacy


The CSO Observatory Group on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) paid a 2-day advocacy visit to Nassarawa State, with LEDAP’s representative in attendance. The group met with the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry with regards to collaborating with states that are yet to adopt the ACJA and facilitate the adoption of same. They also paid a visit to the State Police Command where they met with the Commissioner of Police. They urged the COP to ensure that police officers in the state are sensitized on their vast role under the ACJA, and that efforts are made to step down the knowledge of the Law to the rank and file of the police force. The COP in turn, encouraged the group to always relate with the OC-Legal on anything concerning the ACJA.

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LEDAP Represents over 100 Victims and Relatives of Victims of Torture in the Public Hearing of the Presidential Panel of Investigation in North-East

In the concluded Presidential Panel of Investigation constituted by the Vice President, Prof.Osibanjo, to review compliance of the armed forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project through its active pro-bono lawyers from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe represented over 100 victims and relatives of victims of torture in the public hearing conducted by the panel in Maiduguri for the Nort-East Zone.The violations suffered by the victims and relatives of victims range from torture and other degrading, inhuman treatments, unlawful arrest and detention, detention incommunicado, enforced disappearance, extra judicial killings; and each victims sought for reliefs.

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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 against Torture (NCaT) invites stakeholders to a round-table dialogue aimed at reducing the incidences of Torture and improving redress for victims of torture and ill treatment which will be taking place in Abuja. For live updates on the Anti-Torture Project follow the project on Twitter, Facebook Instagram & blog page and follow the conversation using #stoptorturein9ja on all social media platforms.

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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.

From LEDAP’s Archives

LEDAP Commends President Goodluck Jonathan For Signing The Administration Of Criminal Justice Bill (ACJ Bill) To Law
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LEDAP today May 27, 2015, laud the President’s landmark act of signing the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill (ACJ Bill) into law. The Law will no doubt significantly tackle the challenges in our Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria. Read more

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Ayodele Ogunlana Freed by LEDAP After 7 Years On Death Row

Mr. Ayodele Ogunlana and Mr. Kelvin Inyam were both charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery under Section 402 of The Criminal Code. Mr. Ayodele was found not guilty and was discharged and acquitted by Hon. Justice A. O. Akinlade of the Lagos High Court. The other accused person, Mr. Kelvin was found guilty as charged and was sentenced to death by hanging. Ayodele Ogunlana, from Oke-Ife, Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State, was charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery. The Mobile Police arrested Ayodele… Read more

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FREED: Two Juveniles on Death Row in Lagos Freed

After spending 10 years in prison and 5 years on death row, the Court of Appeal in Lagos, today discharged and acquitted Sopuruchi Obed and Otobong Sunday Edet who were convicted and sentenced to death for armed robbery by the Lagos State high court on 29 August 2009. Following the appeal against their conviction and sentence filed in 2011 by LEDAP – Legal Defence & Assistance Project, a panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division unanimously allowed their separate appeals and set aside their conviction and sentence. Read more

PeepIntoTheLaw

Bayelsa Court Sentences Policeman to Death For Extrajudicial Killing

A Bayelsa state High Court VII sitting in Yenagoa on Friday sentenced Cpl. Vincent Olama to death by hanging for extrajudicial killing. In his judgment, Justice Nayai Aganaba said Olama was found guilty of killing 17-year-old, Innocent Kokorifa, in Okaka, Yenagoa, on August 18, 2016. Aganaba said the prosecution called 10 witnesses and produced 16 exhibits while the defence only had one witness, who happened to be the accused. Read more

Court Slams N600m Fine on EFCC for Declaring Rivers Government Officals Wanted

A High Court in Port Harcourt has slammed a six hundred million naira in exemplary damages on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for investigating and subsequently declaring two officials of the Rivers state government wanted. Read more

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Court Sentences Man to 10 Years for Stabbing Brother to Death

Justice Raliat Adebiyi sentenced the convict after finding him guilty of a one count charge of involuntary manslaughter, stabbing his younger brother, Chibuke Abakwe to death. The convict was arraigned in 2013 for murder and he pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against him by the state government. Read more

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Renewal of Writ: Michael Kolawole v Pezzani Alberto (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.98). 2

The Supreme Court held in the famous case of Kolawole v Alberto that a writ can renewed even after its expiration.
Want to read the full case? Click
here to read the full case on the Nigerialii website.

EVENTS

International Day of Non-Violence – 2 October

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. Read more

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Call for Proposal: Voice’s Empower Beyond Borders! Global Empowerment Grant

Voice is now accepting proposals with “out of the box” project ideas that promote cross-country learning and focus on underrepresented groups within several voice focus region. Focus group for West Africa Region (mainly Nigeria, Niger, and Mali) – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI+) people, Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities for empowerment grants. These grants are available from €5.000 to € 75.000, and for a minimum duration of 12 to maximum 24 months. Closing date is November 9, 2018. Click here for more information

Invitation to Join the Coalition For Effective ECOWAS Community Court of Justice
The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) and Trust Africa invites all individuals and Civil Society Organization working to promote human rights, rule of law and good governance in West Africa to join the network for an effective ECOWAS court. The coalition engages in various supportive strategies and mechanisms to fosters the effective functioning of the Ecowas Court and in demanding accountability from the government of member states. Click here to register

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Indigenous Fellowship Program 2019/2020

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified indigenous individuals for the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship. This one year fellowship (2019) is renewable for one more year (2020). Deadline for application is October 8, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Nomination Ongoing for the Gani Fawehinmi Impact and Integrity Award (GFIIA)
HEDA Resource Centre, with the support of MacArthur Foundation, has decided to institute an Annual Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAM, SAN Award for Integrity, Accountability and Whistleblowing in Nigeria to be conferred on deserving Nigerians of imperturbable characteristic, Courage, Selflessness and Honesty. There are two award categories, Outstanding Integrity Award (OIA) and Valuable Whistle Blower Award (VWBA). For more information and to nominate an individual, click here. Nomination deadline is October 12, 2018

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Invitation to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference 2019

Invitations are open to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law 2019 conference themed Bribery & Corruption: Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem. The conference which will appeal to the judiciary, prosecution agencies, defence lawyers, legal policy drafters, law enforcement, corrections and government officials will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 2019. Speakers and sponsors are also wanted. Click here for more information.

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2018 Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS IV)

Registration is ongoing for the 2018 Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS IV). The two-day conference themed “Accountability & Transparency in the Education Sector: Issues Challenges and Opportunities” is scheduled to hold on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. To attend, complete the online registration form here, send an email to nedis@tepcentre.com or call Akinwunmi on +234 809 111 5403. Click here for more information

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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

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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NEWSLETTER FOR 24TH – 28TH SEPTEMBER 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.
24th – 28th September 2018

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

— Nelson Mandela

NEWS

Buhari Attends Bilateral Meeting with UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres


President Buhari attends bilateral meeting with UN Secretary general Mr Antonio Guterres at the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Read more

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Minimum Wage Strike: Courts, Federal Ministry of Justice under lock

ABUJA – Courts and other justice related institutions within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, were on Thursday September 27, shut down by officials of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, in compliance with the indefinite strike that was declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. Locked out of their offices by the striking workers, included the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judges of both the Federal High Court and the FCT High Court, as well as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges, lawyers and litigants were equally denied entry into any court within the FCT. Read more

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NHRC Partners UN, AU on Human Rights Instruments

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is to partner with the UN and African Union (AU) to facilitate the implementation of all human rights instruments that Nigeria is party to. Mr Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of the commission, made this known in his address at a two-day training workshop for MDAs on the Implementation of UN Agenda 2030 (SDGs) and AU Agenda 2063 respectively in Abuja. Read more

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Nigeria’s Supreme Court Delivers 297 Judgments in 2017/2018 Legal Year

The Supreme Court said it delivered 297 judgments by the close of the 2017/2018 legal year. Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), disclosed this on Monday, September 24, in an address at the special session to mark the commencement of the 2018/2019 Legal Year in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony also witnessed the swearing-in of 30 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria. Mr Onnoghen further said the court considered 1,540 matters comprising motions, appeals and judgments. Read more

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Nigeria Convicts 359 Human Traffickers
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration had so far secured 359 convictions against human traffickers. Speaking at the 6th INTERPOL global conference on human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Abuja on Monday,September 24, the President stated that Nigeria was one of the first countries to implement the United Nations resolution on human trafficking. Read more

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At the UN, Buhari Unfolds Nigeria’s Stance on Global Matters

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in New York unfolded Nigeria’s positions on international matters before the global audience. Presenting Nigeria’s National Statement during the opening day of the General Debate of the 73rd Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA73), the President first paid glowing tributes to the late seventh UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, for his invaluable contributions to global peace. Read more

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Full List Of the 30 Newly Appointed Senior Advocates Of Nigeria


The Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen on Monday swore in 30 newly-appointed Senior Advocates of Nigeria SAN. Justice Onnoghen inaugurated the newly appointed SANs during the special court session of the Supreme Court to mark the commencement of the 2018/2019 Legal Year at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The 30 SANs who were inaugurated on Monday included Attorney-General of Lagos state, Adeniji Kazeem, Attorney-General of Ondo state, Adekola Olawoye, the National Coordinator of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) Mr. Chinonye Obiagwu, amongst others. Read more

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FG Sets Up Committee To Protect Detainees In Nigeria Prisons

The Federal government has set up a committee to protect the rights of detained suspects in Nigeria prisons, the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Prisons De-congestion and Reform (PCPDR), Justice Ishaq Bello disclosed today, September 27, 2018. Bello made this known in Abuja while inaugurating a working group to monitor the implementation of Section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015. Bello, who is also the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said: “We are concerned about the way detainees are treated and the condition under which they are kept.” He said the challenge of lack of access to legal representation by the poor detainees also contributes to congestion in prisons. Read more

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FSARS Commanders Undergo Training on Human Rights

The police on Monday, September 24, in Lagos commenced a two-week training on human rights for Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) commanders nationwide to reposition the outfit. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 100 FSARS commanders drawn from the 36 states and Abuja were participating in the exercise. Read more

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PMB Committed to Human Rights, Rule Of Law – Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the principles of human rights and rule of law. Malami, made this known yesterday, September 18, during the opening ceremony of the North Central consultation on the National Action Plan (NAP), for the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria. Read More

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Osun: NUJ, CSO Accusses INEC of Double Standard

LOKOJA – Kogi State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr. MomohJimoh Adeiza has said the declaration of Osun governorship poll inconclusive by the electoral umpire has left Nigerians and other followers of political events in the country more confused. The Kogi NUJ boss who likewise warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to thread carefully as the country prepares for another round of elections next year said their recent decision is calling for revolts from the populace that may set the country on fire. Read more

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NFNV Nigeria Moves to Strengthen Partnership with UN Women

The leadership of the Pan African network of women in business and finance New Faces New Voices (NFNV) in Nigeria has moved to strengthen its relationship with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in West Africa with a visit to UN Women’s representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Wednesday, 19 September in Abuja, Nigeria. Read more

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Nigerian Embassy In U.S Allegedly Targets Human Rights Lawyer For Criticizing Buhari

A US-based Nigerian human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, has alleged efforts by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC to have his passport withdrawn over his constant criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. According to Ogebe, documents filed in an Abuja court show that the government wants his passport withdrawn for allegedly “trash-talking Nigeria” on social media. Read more

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Osinbajo: Peace is Attainable in Nigeria Despite Challenges

Worried by incidences of crisis across the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, September 22, said peace is attainable in Nigeria, despite threats to the nation’s peaceful co-existence. Osinbajo spoke at the 2018 International Day of Peace, held in Lagos and organised by the Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC). Speaking through the Rules of Law Advisor in the Office of the Vice President, Akingbolahan Adeniran, Professor Osinbajo admitted that even though there was threat to peace in the nation, pragmatic approach could be adopted to enhance peace in the nation. Read more

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Birth Registration First Step to Legal Identity – NPoPc

The National Population Commission (NPoPc) says birth registration is the first step in securing legal identity. The Director, Public Affairs Department of the commission, Mr Mohammed Isah, said this in an interview with newsmen on Friday, September 21, in Abuja. Isah urged Nigerians to register and obtain a birth certificate, saying that there is no better identity than birth registration. He stated that the only valid instrument attached to a child after names were given was birth registration and certificate. Read more

OPINION

The Benefits Of Digital Rights And Freedom Bill

“The bill is a legislation proposed to be an act to provide for the protection of human rights online and protect internet users in Nigeria from infringement of their fundamental freedom and also to guarantee application of human rights for users of digital platforms.” Read more

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Confronting Human Rights Violations in Africa One Hashtag at a Time

“While countries like Uganda, Nigeria, and Rwanda have constitutions that technically guarantee rights such as freedom of association, speech, and assembly, these rights are often violated. Today, galvanised by increased connectivity, youthful pan-African online communities are using social media to speak out against this repression and support younger candidates vying for office in countries where leaders have clung to power for decades.” Read more

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What Does It Take To Be A Responsible Jeweller?
Gold mining has been tainted by serious human rights abuses, including child labor, deadly working conditions, forced evictions, and harmful pollution. Human Rights Watch has documented such abuses in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Eritrea. Read more

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Zamfara: Nigeria’s Wild Northwest
Hundreds have lost their lives this year as a fertile region descends into worsening conflict

“Zamfara is different from highly politicised farmer-herder clashes in other parts of Nigeria where largely Muslim pastoralists push south in search of pasture and meet increasingly populated Christian farming areas. Instead, Zamfara is overwhelmingly Muslim and, human rights groups argue, the violence here is fundamentally about the government’s abdication of its responsibility to protect its citizens.” Read more

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Africa’s Selective Approach to Human Rights

Despite research and historical accounts detailing homosexual behaviour in certain pre-colonial and traditional African societies, the idea that homosexuality is “un-African” persists. In Africa, it is frequently perceived as both a taboo and an import from the West. Read more

LEDAP@WORK

LEDAP Secures Judgement in Favour of Kabiru Ahmed, a 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 ruling which was delivered by His Lordship, Balkisu Bello Aliyu, the applicant was awarded five million (5,000,000) Naira against the respondents, as a compensation for the unlawful arrest, detention and torture inflicted on him.

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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 in Abuja.
For live updates on the
Anti-Torture Project follow the project on Twitter, Facebook Instagram & our blog page and follow the conversation using #stoptorturein9ja on all social media platforms.

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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, 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.

From LEDAP’s Archives

Ayodele Ogunlana Freed By LEDAP After 7 Years On Death Row

Mr. Ayodele Ogunlana and Mr. Kelvin Inyam were both charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery under Section 402 of The Criminal Code. Mr. Ayodele was found not guilty and was discharged and acquitted by Hon. Justice A. O. Akinlade of the Lagos High Court. The other accused person, Mr. Kelvin was found guilty as charged and was sentenced to death by hanging. Ayodele Ogunlana, from Oke-Ife, Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State, was charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery. The Mobile Police arrested Ayodele… Read more

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Launch of Model Police Statement Taking Room

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On the 22nd of July 2015, LEDAP with the Zonal Command, Nigeria Police Force Zone 2, Onikan Lagos launched the model police statement taking room with the support of Justice for All (J4A) Programme of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). This milestone reaffirmed LEDAP’s commitment in building capacity for improved criminal justice delivery in the country. Read more

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FREED: Two Juveniles on Death Row in Lagos Freed

After spending 10 years in prison and 5 years on death row, the Court of Appeal in Lagos, today discharged and acquitted Sopuruchi Obed and Otobong Sunday Edet who were convicted and sentenced to death for armed robbery by the Lagos State high court on 29 August 2009. Following the appeal against their conviction and sentence filed in 2011 by LEDAP – Legal Defence & Assistance Project, a panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division unanimously allowed their separate appeals and set aside their conviction and sentence. Read more

PeepIntoTheLaw

Orji Kalu’s N4.6bn Fraud Case Adjourned Indefinitely
TWELVE years after the trial of a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday, September 28, adjourned the N4.6 billion fraud case indefinitely. Kalu is standing trial alongside his Commissioner for Finance, Udeh Jones Udeogu, and a firm, Slok Nigeria Limited. Read more

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Court Awards Damages Against Police Over Rights Violation

A Lagos high court has ordered the police to pay N350, 000 damages to one Mr Godwin Femin over the violation of his right. The trial judge, Mrs E. Alakija make the order in a judgment delivered in suit no LD/7209MFHR/18 filed by the claimant (Femin) against the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police. Read more

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Court Slams Death Penalty on Armed Robber in Ondo

Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital on Thursday sentenced one James Ofem, an armed robbery culprit, to death by hanging. Ofem was part of the notorious robbery gang terrorizing residents and mostly motorists on the Ondo/ Ore road and had been the security watch list for a long time. Read more

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Court Awards N1m to Farmer for Unlawful Arrest and Detention

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Jabi has awarded a farmer Mr Samuel Dozo, 1 million Naira based on suit suing the police for an unlawful arrest and detention. Read more

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Court Dismisses Impeached Benue Speaker’s Case

A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Theresa Igoche, yesterday, dismissed the preliminary objection raised by the impeached Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit stopping him and two other former principal officers of the House from parading themselves as leaders of the House. Read more

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Renewal of Writ: Michael Kolawole v Pezzani Alberto (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.98). 2

The Supreme Court held in the famous case of Kolawole v Alberto that a writ can renewed even after its expiration.
Want to read the full case? Click
here to read the full case on the Nigerialii website.

EVENTS

Call for Expressions of Interest: Collective Impact Tools and Approaches Capacity Building Workshops
The Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) Project invites Expressions of Interest (EoI) from organization CEOs and senior program leads whose organizations are supporting work that promotes good governance and policy reform across any development sector to a three-day capacity building workshop on approaches and tools for collective impact programming. The Workshop will hold in Port Harcourt for Niger Delta-based organization from the 16th – 18th of October 2018 and in Abuja for organizations based in other regions in the country from October 23 – 25, 2018. Application Deadline 30th September 2018. Click here for more information.

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World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Indigenous Fellowship Program 2019/2020

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified indigenous individuals for the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship. The fellowship responds to the reciprocal needs for stronger capacity in the rapidly growing domain on Indigenous IP law and policy for indigenous lawyers and policy advisers. This one year fellowship (2019) is renewable for one more year (2020). Click here for more information. Deadline for application is October 8, 2018.

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Nomination Ongoing for the Gani Fawehinmi Impact and Integrity Award (GFIIA)
HEDA Resource Centre, with the support of MacArthur Foundation, has decided to institute an Annual Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAM, SAN Award for Integrity, Accountability and Whistleblowing in Nigeria to be conferred on deserving Nigerians of imperturbable characteristic, Courage, Selflessness and Honesty. There are two award categories, Outstanding Integrity Award (OIA) and Valuable Whistle Blower Award (VWBA). For more information and to nominate an individual, click here. Nomination deadline is October 12, 2018

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Invitation to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference 2019

The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law invites all those who work in the administration of criminal justice and the promotion of sound practice in governance, risk management and ethical behaviour in their own jurisdiction and internationally, and representatives of other aspects of society such as the construction industry and sport to its year 2019 conference themed Bribery & Corruption: Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem. The conference which will appeal to the judiciary, prosecution agencies, defence lawyers, legal policy drafters, law enforcement, corrections and government officials will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 2019. Speakers and sponsors are also wanted. Click here for more information.

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2018 Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS IV)
Registration is ongoing for the 2018 Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS IV). The two-day conference themed “Accountability & Transparency in the Education Sector: Issues Challenges and Opportunities” is scheduled to hold on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. To attend, complete the online registration form here and follow the instructions. If you are interested in registering as an exhibitor or sponsor send an email to nedis@tepcentre.com or call Akinwunmi on +234 809 111 5403. Click here for more information

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Call for Submissions: Women Deprived of Liberty

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice will present a thematic report on women deprived of liberty to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019. In this regard, the Working Group would like to seek inputs from States and other stakeholders to inform the preparation of this report in line with its mandate to maintain a constructive approach and dialogue with States and other stakeholders to address discrimination against women in law and practice, and is thus seeking responses from all interested stakeholders to the questionnaire here. Questionnaire should be to wgdiscriminationwomen@ohchr.org to by 1st October 2018.

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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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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 3RD-7TH SEPTEMBER 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.
3rd – 7th September 2018

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

— John F. Kennedy 

NEWS   

NHRC Inaugurates Probe Panel on SARS, Calls for Memoranda

The National Human Rights Commission has inaugurated a seven-man Special Investigative Panel to look into the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police and make recommendations for its reform. In a statement on 4th September, the  Commission in Abuja said the investigative panel was inaugurated in line with a presidential directive. Read more

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India Gay Sex Ban Is Struck Down. ‘Indefensible,’ Court Says

India’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down one of the world’s oldest bans on consensual gay sex, a groundbreaking victory for gay rights that buried one of the most glaring vestiges of India’s colonial past. Read more

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UN Human Rights Expert to Assess Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria

The United Nations Special Rapporteur Maria Giammarinaro will assess the issue of trafficking in persons in Nigeria, during an official visit to the country. Read more

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National Human Rights Commission Says Human Trafficking Remains A Major Challenge
The Comment was made by the Director of Human Rights Education and Promotion, Nasir Ladan who represented  the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu during  a visit by a delegation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights led by the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro. Read more 

UK MP Joins Protest to Free Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirl
A British member of parliament launched a protest outside the Nigerian embassy in London to help free kidnapped school girl Leah Sharibu, who friends say is being held by terror group Boko Haram for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
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Amnesty International Commends Govt Over Boko Haram Suspects’ Trial

Amnesty International has commended the federal government over the trial of suspected Boko Haram terrorists, describing the ongoing trial as “good progress for the justice sector”. Read more

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Crisis in Lake Chad Region Persists – UN

Last February, meeting at a UN-backed conference in Oslo, Norway, donors pledged over $650 million towards emergency assistance programmes in 2017 and beyond. These resources helped achieve a significant scale-up in the humanitarian response, reaching more than six million people with assistance, and averting a famine in northeast Nigeria. Read more

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National Human Rights Commission Enters ‘FOI Hall of Shame’ for Violating Citizens’ Right to Information

On Monday, September 3, 2018, Media Rights Agenda (MRA) inducted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) into its Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame, describing its failure to comply with key aspects of the FOI Act as “a disappointing violation of the rights of citizens to information by an institution established specifically to protect and defend their rights.” Read more

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Lagos AG Urges Prison Inmates to Embrace Plea Bargain

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, has urged awaiting-trial inmates in the prisons to opt for plea bargain and reduced punishment for the offences alleged against them. He expressed worry that the prisons had remained congested owing to a huge number of inmates that are awaiting trial. Read more

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UN Expresses Concern Over Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa

The UN Refugee Agency has expressed its displeasure at the recent attacks against foreigners, including refugees, by South Africans during a deadly rally and looting on August 29. Read more

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Ozubulu Massacre: Rights Group Calls for Release of 94-Year-Old Priest, 5 Others

A civil society rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has called on Anambra State Government and the police to unconditionally release and acquit a 94-year-old, Chief Priest of Ndiekwulu Deity, Ozubulu and five others arrested and remanded in prison custody since  last July. Read more

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Actionaid organizes Training for Journalists on Adoption of African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance 2007

Nigeria adopted the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG)in 2007 and ratified it in January 2012 but it has yet to implement the charter. A training for journalists entitled: “Mobilising Civil Society Support for the Implementation of AGA and ACDEG’’ organised by Actionaid Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation in Abuja recently was part of the steps toward ensuring implementation of the charter. Read more

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Detain Suspect Beyond 48 Hours, Risk Dismissal, IGP Warns FSARS

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has told the Federal Special Anti Robbery Square across the country to respect people’s rights or risk being sanctioned. Idris who said membership of FSARS was voluntary asked those who felt they could not cope with the reforms in the unit to opt out. Read more

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A Demand for Their Rights

Four months after passage of the Disability Bill by both chambers of the National Assembly, the fate of the Bill is still hanging in the balance, as the President is yet to give his assent to legalise it.  Speaking recently at a one-day Stakeholders Forum on ‘Nigeria Disability Bill’ organized by the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, lamented the adverse effect of discrimination and exclusion on persons with disabilities in the country. Read more

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Pastors, Activists Debate Gay Rights in Nigeria

Recently, at a forum in Lagos, pastors selected from different churches sat down with gay rights activists from across Nigeria to discuss the role religion has played in people trying to express their sexual identities. This is an excerpt of the discussion. Read more

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NGO Advocates N100, 000 Minimum Wage for Police
An NGO, Advocacy for Better Welfare of Nigeria Police, has advocated for  a minimum wage of at least N100, 000 for the least officer in the Nigeria Police to ensure quality service delivery. Mr Solomon Bankole, the President of the group, who made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Lagos, said that it had become imperative to sanitise and rebrand Nigeria Police through improved welfare. Read more

OPINION 

How to Identify Burnt Villages by Satellite Imagery  — Case-Studies from California, Nigeria and Myanmar

Evidence of human rights abuses often remains in some of the world’s most regional and unreachable parts. It is in these areas, where a view from satellite imagery above can be the sole method of visual evidence of bombings, attacks, and the destruction of communities. Read more

 

The Benefits Of Digital Rights And Freedom Bill 
“The bill is a legislation proposed to be an act to provide for the protection of human rights online and protect internet users in Nigeria from infringement of their fundamental freedom and also to guarantee application of human rights for users of digital platforms.” Read more

 

Confronting Human Rights Violations in Africa One Hashtag at a Time

“While countries like Uganda, Nigeria, and Rwanda have constitutions that technically guarantee rights such as freedom of association, speech, and assembly, these rights are often violated. Today, galvanised by increased connectivity, youthful pan-African online communities are using social media to speak out against this repression and support younger candidates vying for office in countries where leaders have clung to power for decades.” Read more

 

Is Nigeria Prepared for a Female President?

Nigeria had until that era, seen the prowess of Queen Amina of Zaria, the warrior who subdued states in the 14th century; Queen Luwoo, the female Ooni and Queen Idia, the first Queen Mother of the ancient Benin Kingdom. Since the colonial times till now, women who take charge of the helm of affairs, are, sometimes regarded by the society, as going against the fundamental norms of their communities. Read more

 

What Does It Take To Be A Responsible Jeweller?
Gold mining has been tainted by serious human rights abuses, including child labor, deadly working conditions, forced evictions, and harmful pollution. Human Rights Watch has documented such abuses in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Eritrea. Read more

 

Africa’s Selective Approach to Human Rights

Despite research and historical accounts detailing homosexual behaviour in certain pre-colonial and traditional African societies, the idea that homosexuality is “un-African” persists. In Africa, it is frequently perceived as both a taboo and an import from the West. Read more

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Secures Judgement in Favour of Victim of Police Brutality in 

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 in Abuja.
For live updates on the
Anti-Torture Project follow the project on Twitter, Facebook Instagram & our blog page and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja on all social media platforms.

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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, 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.

From LEDAP’s Archives 

Launch of Model Police Statement Taking Room

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On the 22nd of July 2015, LEDAP with the Zonal Command, Nigeria Police Force Zone 2, Onikan Lagos launched the model police statement taking room with the support of Justice for All (J4A) Programme of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). This milestone reaffirmed LEDAP’s commitment in building capacity for improved criminal justice delivery in the country. Read more

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FREED: Two Juveniles on Death Row in Lagos Freed

After spending 10 years in prison and 5 years on death row, the Court of Appeal in Lagos, today discharged and acquitted Sopuruchi Obed and Otobong Sunday Edet who were convicted and sentenced to death for armed robbery by the Lagos State high court on 29 August 2009. Following the appeal against their conviction and sentence filed in 2011 by LEDAP – Legal Defence & Assistance Project, a panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division unanimously allowed their separate appeals and set aside their conviction and sentence. Read more

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FREED: Home from Prison in Time for Christmas
As the Christmas approached, the gate of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison was opened to Kingsley Akhabue, Ismail Fatoki and Fabian Matthew after being discharged and acquitted by the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos.The trio was arrested on the 24th day of March, 2008 on allegations of Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery and Armed Robbery and subsequently convicted and sentenced to death on 29th March, 2011 by the Lagos High Court.  Read more

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Adaobi Egboka, Executive Programmes Director, of Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) speaking at the Global Washington 2017
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Adaobi Egboka, Executive Programmes Director, of Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) speaking at the Global Washington 2017 Annual Conference titled Renewing Global Leadership held on November 29, 2017. She was speaking at a panel on “Authentic Leadership Development”. Read more

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Substituted Service Of Court Processes By Social Media Or Electronic Means (Case Study Of Mohammad Awwaldanlami, Esq. V Governor Of Taraba State & 24 Ors)

“Whilst the ruling of the Court in Mohammad Awwaldanlami, Esq. is a watershed on substituted service of court processes in Nigeria and therefore a very welcome development in our corpus juris, we contend that the Court should have indicated specific social medium (for instance, Whatsapp, Facebook, and Twitter) with a direction for tagging (where necessary) because ‘positing and sharing on social media’ is broad, generic and ambiguous’.” Read more

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Court Awards N1m to Farmer for Unlawful Arrest and Detention

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Jabi has awarded a farmer Mr Samuel Dozo, 1 million Naira based on suit suing the police for an unlawful arrest and detention. Read more

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Court Dismisses Impeached Benue Speaker’s Case

A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Theresa Igoche, yesterday, dismissed the preliminary objection raised by the impeached Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit stopping him and two other former principal officers of the House from parading themselves as leaders of the House. Read more

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Renewal of Writ: Michael Kolawole v Pezzani Alberto (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.98). 2

The Supreme Court held in the famous case of Kolawole v Alberto that a writ can renewed even after its expiration.
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EVENTS  

Report on Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders

The Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Mr. Michael Frost seeks the input of Nation states, NGOs on the situation of women human right defenders. Civil Society Organisations are encouraged to fill out this questionnaire here by 28th September 2018 to give their input.

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Call for Submissions: Women Deprived of Liberty

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice will present a thematic report on women deprived of liberty to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019. In this regard, the Working Group would like to seek inputs from States and other stakeholders to inform the preparation of this report in line with its mandate to maintain a constructive approach and dialogue with States and other stakeholders to address discrimination against women in law and practice, and is thus seeking responses from all interested stakeholders to the questionnaire here. Questionnaire should be to wgdiscriminationwomen@ohchr.org to by 1st October 2018.

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2nd Lagos SDG Summit

The Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development will hold its second Sustainable Development Goal Summit on the Thursday 20th September 2018 at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Conference Exhibition Centre , Alausa, Ikeja. 

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NGO Meeting With UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet

OHCHR is pleased to invite non-governmental and civil society organizations to a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. The meeting is scheduled to hold on Friday 14 September 2018 at Palais des Nations Room XXI, Geneva, Switzerland. Click here for more information.

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NEDIS 2018: Save The Date

The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre is pleased to invite you to save the date for the 2018 edition of its annual education conference, the Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS).This year’s summit which is focused on Accountability and Transparency in the Education Sector. NEDIS IV is scheduled to hold on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. Contact Akinwunmi Akowonjo at akinwunmi.akowonjo@tepcentre.com if you are interested in supporting NEDIS IV, exhibiting your products or services at the summit, or should you have any others questions.

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Call for Participation – Youth Civic Engagement for Youth, First Edition

The UNESCO Regional office in Abuja calls for Application in a Youth Civic Engagement initiative to promote Youth-led production of knowledge, design and implementation of innovative solutions to instill their participation in decision-making at the local, national and regional levels, for more inclusive and peaceful societies. Deadline for submission is 15 September 2018. Click here for more

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HR19 Call for Abstracts Now Open

Researchers, activists, campaigners, policymakers, people who use drugs, human rights experts, health professionals and sex workers are all encouraged to submit abstracts on their latest work in drug policy and harm reduction. Proposals can be for oral presentations, workshops, dialogue space and poster sessions. Deadline for submission is 28 September 2018. Click here for more information

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Call for submissions: Women deprived of liberty

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice will present a thematic report on women deprived of liberty to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019. These submissions should be sent to wgdiscriminationwomen@ohchr.org.Deadline for submission is 1 October, 2018. Click here for more information

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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.

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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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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 27TH – 31ST 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.
27TH – 31ST AUGUST 2018

“A right delayed ia a right denied.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

NEWS   

NBA blasts Buhari, Says Rule of Law Cardinal to Democracy

The Nigerian Bar Association in a communiqué issued at the end of its 58th Annual General Conference in Abuja, maintained that issues of national security must be managed within the perimeters and parameters of the rule of law. Read more

UK’s May Pledges to help Nigeria get Tougher on Human Trafficking

British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed on Wednesday to help Nigeria clamp down on human trafficking to Europe and support victims of modern slavery who return to the West African nation. Read more

NHRC, ICRC Collate Data Of Missing Persons Nationwide

In commemoration of the International Day of the Disappeared, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will signed the Mandate Document and Standard Operating Procedures for the establishment of database of missing persons in Nigeria. Read more

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ECOWAS Court Delivers 127 Judgments

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice said it  received 352 cases and delivered 127 judgments  from the first quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2018. Read more

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FIACIJ Opens Platform to Fight Corruption in the NBA

The National Convener for Fight Against Corruption in the Judiciary (FIACIJ) Bayo Akinlade Esq has set up a platform to address issues of corruption within the NBA. In his Whatsapp message to the newly sworn-in president of NBA, Mr. Paul Usoro SAN; Mr. Akinlade said that the platform was in response to criticisms concerning the conduct of NBA elections both at the local and national level. Read more

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Michelle Bachelet, Ex-President of Chile, Picked as Next U.N. Rights Chief

The leader of the United Nations has said that he had picked Michelle Bachelet, a prominent women’s rights advocate and the first woman to serve as Chile’s president, to be the organization’s next top human rights official. Read more

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Anxiety as Owerri Prison Houses 2,253 Inmates against 548 Carrying Capacity

There is anxiety at the Owerri Federal prison facility in Imo State over the number of inmates in custody. Investigation by a Punch Newspaper correspondent revealed that the facility which was built to provide shelter for 548 prisoners is now housing an outrageous number of 2,253. Read more

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Human Rights Abuses: CDHR Expresses Optimism over Criminal Justice Act

The Delta State branch of the Committee for Defense of Human Rights (CDHR) has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the Police Service Commission (PSC), to enforce strict compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justices Act (ACJA) by all police officers in the country when dealing with criminal cases. Read more

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Amnesty International Accuses Nigeria Of Violating Human Rights

Amnesty International has urged, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to release those who have been subjected to enforced disappearance in the country. Marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the human rights group accused Nigeria of detaining several persons in secret facilities. Read more

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Protection Of Human Rights Is Key To Growth Of West Africa – ECOWAS Court President

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) has called for the cooperation of member states on the protection of human rights. Asante is hopeful that with more funding, the court will achieve its set objectives of resolving disputes within the sub-region. Read more

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NHRC Begins Hearing on Alleged Rights Violations by SARS

A three day public hearing on  the allegations of human rights violations by the Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad  began in Owerri on Monday, 27th August. The hearing was organised by the National Human rights commission in  collaboration with  CLEEN Foundation and the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria. Read more

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UN Human Rights Expert to Assess Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria

UN Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro will assess the issue of trafficking in persons in Nigeria, during an official visit to the country from 3-10 September. Read more

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Nigeria still Facing Humanitarian Crisis of Global Magnitude – United Nations

The UN says it will provide assistance to no fewer than 6.1 million people affected by the Boko Haram crisis in north-east Nigeria by the end of 2018. Read more

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SARS Reform: No more Human Rights Abuses – Police Vow

The Nigeria police say they are giving Nigerians a new special anti-robbery squad (SARS) that will not violate human rights. Police spokesman Moshood Jimoh said in Abuja that henceforth citizens will see a squad that meets the standard demanded by the government. Read more

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Nigeria Police Storm Hotel, Arrest 57, Accuse them of Homosexuality

The police in Lagos has stated, that they arrested 57 men for alleged homosexual activity at Kelly Ann Hotel/ Event Centre in Egbeda, Lagos. Imohimi Edgal, the state police commissioner, told journalists during a press conference  that police, led by the divisional police officers of Shasha and Idimu, acting upon an information provided by a reliable source stormed the hotel at 2 am. Read more

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INEC, EU Urge Youths to Shun Electoral Violence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the European Union (EU) have urged youths to resist being used for violence in 2019 polls. Read more

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HEDA Files Suit Compelling IGP To Investigate NYSC Certificate Forgery Allegations Against Adeosun

Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre has filed an ex parte motion before the Federal High Court sitting at Ikoyi, Lagos State, seeking for the leave of court to apply for an order mandating the IGP to commence urgent investigations on the recently publicised allegations of forgery of National Youth Service Corps certificate against Kemi Adeosun. Read more

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EU Condemns Violence In Rivers Bye-Election

The European Union, has described has unacceptable the violence that erupted bye-election for Port Harcourt Constituency 3. Ketil Karlson, Head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for suspending the bye-election. Read more

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Britain, Nigeria Sign Pact to Counter Boko Haram

Britain and Nigeria signed a security and defense agreement during a one-day visit by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday as Africa’s most populous country struggles to defeat Boko Haram extremist and others linked to the Islamic State organisation. Read more

OPINION 

Decisive Action Needed to Ban Killer Robots – before it’s too late

Although it is unclear how sophisticated future technologies will be, it is very unlikely that fully autonomous weapons systems would be able to replicate the full range of inherently human characteristics necessary to comply with international law.  This includes the ability to analyse the intentions behind people’s actions, to assess and respond to often dynamic and unpredictable situations, or make complex decisions about the proportionality or necessity of an attack. Read more

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Can Peacebuilders End the War with Boko Haram?

Hazel Healy visits Nigeria and discovers that guns will only take you so far in the fight against the Islamist militant group. Read more

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Why Buhari is Right, Wrong on Rule of Law Ayo Sogunro

“The rule of law means that government powers are defined and limited by the constitutional laws of the state. Since the constitution also describes and defines the national interest, then the national interest is necessarily protected and promoted by observing the constitution – that is, the rule of law.” Read more

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Countdown to February 2019: A Look Ahead at Nigeria’s Elections

A new Africa Programme research paper looks ahead to Nigeria’s February 2019 elections, examining key challenges for the main parties and presidential candidates, the readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the role social media will play. Read the report here

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Secures Judgement in Favour of Victim of Police Brutality in 

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 Instagram & our blog page and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja on all social media platforms.

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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, 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.

From LEDAP’s Archives 

PRESS RELEASE: LEDAP Faults NBA on Arrested Judges, says Judges Cannot Step Aside 

“The NBA’s call negates the constitutional rights of the judicial officers to presumption of innocence, and overlooks the true purpose of the attack on the judges by the executive, which was to intimidate and brow-beat the judiciary into total submission to the whims and caprices of the executive arm of government.” Read more

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PRESS RELEASE: LEDAP Sues Over Security Votes

The Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP) has led a suit challenging the collection and allocation of millions of naira to the state governors as security votes. LEDAP’s suit recently filed at the Federal High Court Lagos is against the 36 state governors and their houses of assembly and argues a case for restraining of the defendants from allocating moneys as security votes, an act which LEDAP argues is unconstitutional, without lawful basis and an contrary to the Defendant’s oath of offices. Read more

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Adaobi Egboka, Executive Programmes Director, of Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) speaking at the Global Washington 2017
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Adaobi Egboka, Executive Programmes Director, of Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) speaking at the Global Washington 2017 Annual Conference titled Renewing Global Leadership held on November 29, 2017. She was speaking at a panel on “Authentic Leadership Development”. Read more

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Court To Give Verdict on EFCC’s Power to Investigate Benue Accounts

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court Abuja, will on October 8, 2018 deliver judgment in the suit filed by the Benue State Government challenging the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate its accounts. Read more

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Illegal Detention: Abuja Federal High Court Orders Nigerian Army N11m To Gombe Youths

An Abuja Federal High Court under Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has ordered the office of the Chief of Army Staff to pay the sum of N11 million to eleven youths from Gombe State illegally detained by the Nigerian Army. Read more

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Court Awards N5m Damages against EFCC

An Imo State High Court, presided over by Justice Eze Fred Njemanze, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to pay Chief Mike Ikenna Ahamba, SAN, “the sum of N5 million as damages and compensation for the violation of his fundamental rights”. Read more

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Renewal of Writ: Michael Kolawole v Pezzani Alberto (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.98). 2

The Supreme Court held in the famous case of Kolawole v Alberto that a writ can renewed even after its expiration.
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EVENTS  

Call for Participation – Youth Civic Engagement for Youth, First Edition

The UNESCO Regional office in Abuja calls for Application in a Youth Civic Engagement initiative to promote Youth-led production of knowledge, design and implementation of innovative solutions to instill their participation in decision-making at the local, national and regional levels, for more inclusive and peaceful societies. Deadline for submission is 15 September 2018. Click here for more

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NEDIS 2018: Save The Date

The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre is pleased to invite you to save the date for the 2018 edition of its annual education conference, the Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS).This year’s summit which is focused on Accountability and Transparency in the Education Sector. NEDIS IV is scheduled to hold on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. Contact Akinwunmi Akowonjo at akinwunmi.akowonjo@tepcentre.com if you are interested in supporting NEDIS IV, exhibiting your products or services at the summit, or should you have any others questions.

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HR19 Call for Abstracts Now Open

Researchers, activists, campaigners, policymakers, people who use drugs, human rights experts, health professionals and sex workers are all encouraged to submit abstracts on their latest work in drug policy and harm reduction. Proposals can be for oral presentations, workshops, dialogue space and poster sessions. Deadline for submission is 28 September 2018. Click here for more information

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Call for submissions: Women deprived of liberty

The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice will present a thematic report on women deprived of liberty to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019. These submissions should be sent to wgdiscriminationwomen@ohchr.org.Deadline for submission is 1 October, 2018. Click here for more information

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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.

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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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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 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.
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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.
Want to refresh your memory or read the full case? Click
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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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NEWSLETTER FOR 16TH JULY- 20TH 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.
16th-20th July 2018 2018

“It is in your hands to make the world a better place.” 

—Nelson Mandela

NEWS   

LPPC Confers SAN Rank on 31 Senior Lawyers

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, LPPC, on 11th July 2018, elevated 31 senior lawyers to the rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, among them, National Coordinator, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, Mr Chinonye Obiagwu; Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun and Attorneys General of Lagos and Ondo States, Mosediq Kazeem and Adekola Olawole. Read more

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House Committee in Partnership with NCICC Hold Public Hearing

Nigeria’s House of Representatives’ Committee on Treaties, Protocols, and Agreement on Wednesday in Abuja began a public hearing on a “bill for an act to provide for enforcement and punishment of crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and for other related offences.” Read more
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Group Asks ICC to Tackle Buhari on Middle Belt Killing

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) has called on  the court prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to engage President Muhammadu Buhari on the continued killings in the North-central and North-eastern parts of the country. Read more

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Ekiti Governorship Election Credible – Observers

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) based in Ekiti State on Monday affirmed that the July 14 governorship election won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, reflected the wishes of the electorate. The three groups – New Initiative for Social Development (NISD), Centre for Social Justice, Good Health and Community Development (CENSJHOD) and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) – condemned vote buying at the poll. Read more

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Iceland Replaces US on Human Rights Council

Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the US, which withdrew from the body in June, citing bias. The UN General Assembly elected Iceland to serve on the Geneva-based global rights body effective immediately, through to the end of 2019. Read more

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International Criminal Court Treaty Turns 20
Last week was the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that led to the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. The court, with its mandate to prosecute atrocity crimes, has a more crucial role than ever. Read more

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FG Orders AGF To Fast-track Decongestion Of Prisons In Nigeria

The Federal Government has directed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, (AGF), Abubakar Malami to fast-track the decongestion of prisons and set up a stakeholders committee to that effect.  Read more

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Stop Paying Lip Service to Prison Congestion – CURE-Nigeria Tells Federal Government

Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, CURE-Nigeria has accused the Federal Government of paying lip service to the nagging issue of prison congestion in Nigeria. Read more
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Cameroon Unrest Drives 180,000 from Their Homes

Human Rights Watch on Thursday blamed Cameroon’s government forces and separatists for worsening violence in the country’s anglophone regions which has left scores dead and displaced over 180,000 people. Read more

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UN, AU to come to Nigeria & other Conflict Areas in Africa

The UN Security Council and the Africa Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) have agreed to embark on a joint visit to conflict areas in Africa. The members of the two councils held their 12th annual joint consultative meeting in New York and issued a joint communique. Read more

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UN Raises Alarm over Herdsmen killings, warns Nigeria

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, says the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier. Chambas,in a report presented to the UN Security Council, said the violence was a major security threat in the region, warning that it risks changing into terrorist attacks. Read more

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UN Cautions Nigerian Media Against Conflict Promotion

The United Nations has called on the media in Nigeria to stop promoting conflicts in the interest of peace and justice, adding that it must facilitate informed debates with opportunities for all citizens to express their views. Read more

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Nigeria Committed To Better Environment, Human Rights — Speaker Dogara

Speaker of the Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reaffirmed the commitment of the green chamber to prioritising issues related to human rights and protection of the environment. Read more
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UNESCO Advocates Global Priotization of Press Freedom
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has called on governments across the globe to create policies that promote freedom of the press. UNESCO on its website said “the free-flow of ideas, words and pictures is a catalyst for freedom of expression and sustainability of global peace. Read more
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UN Celebrates Mandela

The UN is to mark the 100th anniversary of former South African President Nelson Mandela in recognition for his global contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Read more

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Nigeria Believes in the Respect for Human Rights, President tells ICC

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the International Criminal Court that Nigeria cooperates fully with the court because it is a firm believer in the respect for the rule of law and human rights. Read more
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“ACJA’s domestication will Guarantee Speedy Justice Delivery, Rule of Law”
The domestication and implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) will quicken the dispensation of justice and observance to human rights in Nigeria, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has said. Read more

 

OPINION 


Ensuring that the ICC Rises to the Challenge

“This sad situation is a far cry from the summer of 1998, when many governments with the support of nongovernmental organizations came together in Rome to create the ICC.” Read more
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“These Killings Can Be Stopped”

Abuses by Government and Separatist Groups in Cameroon’s Anglophone Regions

Cameroon, a bilingual and multicultural country known for its stability and its strong alliances with France and the US, is slipping into a protracted human rights crisis in the largely Anglophone North-West and South-West regions that border Nigeria. Read more

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Make Everyday A Mandela Day
Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. It is. not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Read more
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Countering Rape Culture In Nigeria

There are cultural practices that society engages in that excuse or otherwise tolerate sexual assault. These practices are counterproductive to eliminating sexual violence from our society, begging the questions about what rape culture really entails and how it presents itself. Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Joins Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI) for “Vote Not Fight” Workshop

LEDAP’s, Zonal Coordinator for Osun State, Mr. Dare Adeoye was at the “Vote Not Fight” workshop organised by the Kimpact Developmemt Initiative to educate and mobilise stakeholers on the upcoming 2018 Governorship Gubernatorial Elections. Read more
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LEDAP Anti-Torture Project to Commence Training in Yobe State


The Anti-Torture Project will commence the training of 6o police officers in Yobe State on torture prevention strategies, human rights and sexual and gender based violence norms. The training will take place from the 31st July to 1st August 2018. For live updates on the training follow the project on T
witter, Facebook and Instagram and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja
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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   

Free Basic Education is an Enforceable Right: Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) GTE & LTD V Federal Ministry of Education & Anor

In the instant case of LEDAP v Federal Ministry of Education & Anor, the Federal High Court sitting at Abuja held that that failure to adopt and implement free, compulsory and Universal Primary education and free junior secondary education is a breach of the constitutional obligation of the government. Read the full judgement  on the Nigerialii website here.

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Locking Up A Customer For Failure To Pay Debt Is False Imprisonment, Court Rules

A High Court of Anambra State presided over by Hon. Justice Okuma, has ruled that the act of Corporate Institutions, especially, Hospitals locking up their customers/clients from exiting their premises on the guise that they must complete payment amounts to false imprisonment. Read more

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Afam Osigwe V NBA President & Ors: Court Orders That Defendants Be Put On Notice

Justice Chukwudi. C. Okaa of Nnewi High Court in Anambra State has ordered that the Incorporated trustee of the NBA and other defendants in the suit brought against them by Mazi Afam Osigwe, be put on notice before the court can hear the Ex-parte application filed. Read more

 

EVENTS  

Strategy and Advocacy Meeting of African Civil Society Network on International Justice

The African Civil Society Network on International Justice, will meet on the 31st to 1st August in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The purpose of the meeting is to consolidate and strengthen the Network as a platform for Civil Society Organisations working on international justice in Africa.
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NHRC Public Hearing on SARS Complaints

In light of the numerous complaints against the Special Anti Robbery Squad around the country, the National Human Rights Commission will be holding public hearings across the country. The first hearing, will hold in the South East Geopolitical Zone of the country from the 31st July to 2nd August 2018 at the Federal High Court, Enugu.
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Call for Reports For 29th session of the Committee for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW)
The Committee is calling on representatives of national and international CSOs to provide country-specific information on issues relevant to the implementation of the Convention by the State parties under consideration. Deadline for submission is 13th August 2018. Read more

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

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

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

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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