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I Will Continue to Support Women, Children in Nigeria – Aisha Buhari

Abuja – The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has reiterated her commitment to support women and children to improve their health and physical wellbeing.

Mrs Buhari said this on Saturday night during an award ceremony to mark the third anniversary of her NGO, the Future Assured Programme.

The wife of the President said Future Assured was borne out of her desire to address problems associated with the health and wellbeing of women and children in Nigeria.

“Future Assured started out of my passion for the health and wellbeing of women and children in the society.

“The overriding objective of Future Assured is to contribute to improve outcomes in Nigeria, especially in the areas health, empowerment, education and human rights.

“Primarily, Future Assured came about to intervene in addressing the deteriorating health conditions of women and children in terms of maternal, Neonatal, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition,” she said.

According to her, one of the cardinal objectives of Future Assured is to complement Federal Government’s efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

She said that the NGO had achieved a lot through advocacy for girl-child education and provision of scholarship to indigent pupils as well as support for women to complete their education.

She noted that her collaboration with well-meaning Nigerians and development partners, especially the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, had enabled the NGO to impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.

Mrs Buhari gave assurance that the NGO would continue to support victims of child and other forms of abuses as well as surgeries for children with congenital problems.

She also pledged to continue the advocacy and support to uplift the living condition of less privileged Nigerians.

The event featured presentation of awards to some Nigerians who had distinguished themselves in their Professional career.

One of the Award recipients and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, said he remained determined to continue the fight against armed robbery and kidnapping.

Kyari also expressed gratitude to the wife of the President for finding him worthy of the award, adding that the award would spur him to do more in the interest of peace in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Hospital, Yola, Prof. Auwal Abubakar, thanked the wife of the President for constructing a 70-bed-capacity maternity clinic in Yola.

Abubakar said the project would help to tackle the influx of patients from neighbouring states.

The event also featured the unveiling of Future Assured Magazine to showcase the humanitarian activities of Aisha Buhari Foundation and Future Assured Programme in the last 3-years. (NAN)

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NEWSLETTER 14TH-20TH OCTOBER 2018

 

HELLO,
Welcome to another edition LEDAP Nigeria’s Weekly Newsletter which keeps you up to date on the latest Human Rights News and updates in the law, What we are up to and Upcoming Events.
14th-20th October 2018

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”

— Nelson Mandela

NEWS

ECOWAS Court Laments Human Rights Abuse in Nigeria, Ghana, Others
The President of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Court of Justice, Justice Edward Asante, has described as “serious” the issue of human rights abuse in Nigeria and Ghana, among others, particularly the attack on journalists by some governments through their various state apparatus. Read more

Missing General: NHRC Advises Army on Human Rights Violation

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has advised the Nigerian Army to respect human rights while searching for missing Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali (retd). Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Anthony Ojukwu, gave the advice when he visited Maj.-Gen. Benson Akinroluyo, General Commanding Officer (GOC), 3 Division of the Nigerian Army in Rukuba, Plateau. Read more

FG Restates Commitment to Robust Reform SARS
Federal government has restated its commitment to reforming the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) personnel for improved security in the country. The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice-President, Ademola Ipaye said this at the Expert Roundtable on the “Reform of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad(F-SARS) and the Role of External Accountability Agencies” in Abuja. Read more

Ibori drags UK to European Court of Human Rights

Former Delta State Governor, James Onanefe Ibori, has instructed his lawyers to drag the United Kingdom to the Court of Appeal at the European Court of Human Rights. This was contained in a statement on Wednesday signed by his media aide, Tony Eluemunor. Read more

NHRC Requests NAN Collaboration In Fight Against Human Rights Violation

The National Human Rights Commissioner (NHRC) on Thursday sought the collaboration of the NIGERIA NEWS in its fight against human right violation in Nasarawa State. The State Coordinator of NHRC, Mr Chia Shaku, called for the collaboration when he visited NAN office in Lafia, Nasarawa capital. Read more

Gov. Okowa Adds Voice to End Death Penalty in Nigeria
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday added his voice to the call to end death sentences in the country.The governor made the call when he received members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy led by William Alo. Read more

CP to FSARS: Respect Rights
After one-month intensive training, 140 officers have graduated in “Advanced Human Rights and Community Policing Standards”. The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, challenged the graduating officers and men to be good ambassadors of the Nigeria Police Force by promoting human rights in all their activities. Read more

Buhari’s Travel Ban on 50 High-profile Nigerians Generates Controversy
After the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja affirmed the constitutionality of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order 6 last Thursday, he went a step further to declare travel ban on over 50 high-profile Nigerians facing corruption allegations. Read more

Nigeria: Day of the Girl-Child – Over 90% Girls Face Abuse and Exploitation, UN Warns
Over 90 percent of adolescent girls may face little or no pay, abuse and exploitation when they start working. The United Nations stated this at this year’s International Day of the Girl Child. Read more

OPINION

Implications of Ban Placed on 50 Nigerians from Travelling Abroad, by Lawyers

I think the federal government has overreached what the judgment it is claiming to have on that executive order. The government has over extended that judgment. That judgment certainly does not give FG power to violate the right of any individual. Read more

Human Trafficking: Atrocities Against Victims And The Nigerian Challenge

Trafficking in human beings touches on many issues: human rights, inequality, discrimination, the rule of law, crime control, law enforcement, corruption, economic deprivation and migration. Read more

The Pandora’s Box of Awaiting Trial in Nigeria

It was reported some weeks back in the media that 70% of inmates in Nigerian prisons are those awaiting trial, while the remaining 30% are inmates already convicted by a court of law in the country. Which begs the question, how did Nigeria open this Pandora’s box of awaiting trial bedeviling our rehabilitation centres? Read more

Is FG’s Travel Ban on 50 Nigerians Appropriate?
It is an illegal act, and a descent to totalitarianism. The constitution of Nigeria guarantees freedom of movement for every citizen, and only a court of law can restrict a citizen’s movement either by conviction or restriction. Read more

Protecting Freedom of Expression in Nigeria
Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right guaranteed in the Nigerian Constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant international treaties. Read more

LEDAP@WORK

LEDAP Demands Justice for Anita Akapson

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project-LEDAP extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of late Ms. Anita Akapson, and urge them to be strong in this trying time. Read more

LEDAP to Nigerian Government: Abolish Death Penalty Now!

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

Invitation to Stakeholders Round Table Dialogue against Torture

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCOT) 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.

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

IHRDA, LEDAP train Nigerian Lawyers, CSOs on litigating women’s rights

IHRDA and local partner LEDAP are organizing a training workshop in Nigeria from 22-23 March 2017 on advancing women’s rights using international legal instruments. Read more

LEDAP Seeks Court Order Abolishing Post-JAMB Test
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking an order that POST-UTME tests conducted by Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges before admitting students are illegal and should be abolished. Read more

Stakeholders Brainstorm On NBA’s Pro Bono Project
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The event supported by the European Union through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was attended by vice chairmen of various NBA branches, non-governmental organisations working in the justice sector, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), representatives of the UNODC as well as officials of the national Bar. Read more

Workshop For the Magistracy on the Effective Implementation of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011
LEDAP, in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, organized a workshop for the Magistracy on the effective implementation of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011 at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka on Friday 17 June, 2016. Read more

PeepIntoTheLaw

Court Orders Police to Pay N10m to Businessman Over Violation of Human Rights
The Federal High Court, Maitama Abuja, on Monday ordered the Nigeria Police Force, to pay N10million as compensation to one Aondofa Shenge, for violating his fundamental human rights. Read more

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging the Conferment Of Rank Of SAN On Toyin Bashorun

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Apo has held that the suit seeking to challenge the conferment of the rank of SAN on Ms. Oluwatoyin Bashorun lacks merit. Read more

Suspected Fake Lawyer Arrested in Enugu Court

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested one Festus Ozonwanji, for allegedly claiming to be a lawyer in court. The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in a statement on Saturday said that the suspect was arrested on Oct. 11. Read more

Court Rules That NBA’s Consent Is Not Necessary To Register A Lawyers’ Association At The CAC
Justice Babs O. Kuewunmi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos state has declared that consent of the Nigerian Bar Association is not a constitutional condition precedent to the formation of an association of specialist lawyers in Nigeria. Read more

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.

OPPORTUNITIES/EVENTS

Irish Aid Casement Fellowship Program in Human Rights 2019

Applications are open for Casement Fellowship in Human Rights to provide talented candidates with the opportunity to pursue advanced education and professional development in Ireland in order to contribute to the future development of Nigeria. Deadline is November 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

2020 Martin Ennals Award: Inviting Human Rights Defenders around the World
Nominations are open for 2020 Martin Ennals Award that is an annual prize for human rights defenders. Deadline: 26 March 2019. Click here to get more information and to nominate a candidate.

International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Annual Jurist Conference 2018

The Annual Jurist Conference powered by ICJ Kenya is scheduled to hold from 20 – 24 November 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of this year is “The State of Judicial Independence in Africa: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities”. You can register here and click here fore more information.

Invitation to 2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

The second session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law will hold at Palais des Nations Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 23 November 2018 with the theme “Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law” Register here. Deadline is 16 November, 2018. Click here for more information.

Tenth Session of Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards Postponed

The 10th session of the committee has been rescheduled. It will now take place from 8 – 19 April 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Register by email registry@ohchr.org Click here for more information

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 for empowerment grants. These grants are available from €5.000 to € 75.000 for minimum of 12 to maximum of 24 months. Closing date is 9 November, 2018. Click here for more information

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 will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 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

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Legal Defence & Assistance Project is a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee in Nigeria, engaged in the legal protection and promotion of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Africa. It has observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, and is the West Africa Focal Point for the Coalition for the Effective African Court on Human and Peoples Rights. LEDAP is winner of 2008 MacArthur Award for effective and innovative institution, and 2005 Nigerian Prison Service excellence service award among others. It was founded in 1997 as a network of human rights lawyers defending victims and political prisoners under the then military regime. It currently has its national office in Lagos and zonal offices in Abuja, Yola, Port Harcourt, Oshogbo and Jos. You can find us at ledapnigeria.org

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NEWSLETTER 8TH-12TH OCTOBER 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.
8th-12th October 2018

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”

— Frederick Douglass

NEWS

Defection: Court summons Saraki, Dogara, Akpabio, 52 others

The court, in a suit initiated by an advocacy group—the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) said Saraki and 55 others must appear before it to explain why they would not forfeit their seats in accordance with Section 68 following their defection to other political parties. Read more

Nigeria’s 100-Year-Old Death-Row Inmate Seeking Pardon

Death-row inmate Celestine Egbunuche has been dubbed Nigeria’s “oldest prisoner” amid a campaign calling for his release. He is 100-years-old and has spent 18 years in jail after being found guilty of organising a murder. Read more

Nigerian lawyer, Adeola Oyinlade, wins International Bar Association’s Human Rights Award 2018

A Nigerian human rights lawyer, Mr. Adeola Austin Oyinlade, has been declared winner of the International Bar Association’s Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Legal Practitioner to Human Rights for 2018. This was contained in a press statement by Constitutional Rights Nigeria, CRALI. Read more

Human rights violation getting worse in Nigeria, others – CSOs

Human rights violation in Nigeria and other African countries is not abating, rather perpetrators have become more daring as they violate the rights of citizens, civil society organisations from West and Central African countries have said. Read more

No More Justification for Death Sentence in Nigeria – Group

An advocacy group, Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) has said there is no longer any justification for Nigerian judges to continue to pass death sentence on convicts in the country. Read more

Nigeria Not Practising Women Equality-Prof. Ezeilo

Prof. Joy Ezeilo, says Nigeria is not practicing women equality in terms of justice and opportunity as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR 1948). Ezeilo, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, made the disclosure in Enugu on Thursday while delivering the 144th Inaugural Lecture of the University. Read more

Probe of Rights Abuses in Nigeria Ends Soon, Says ICC
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said its investigation of human rights violation in Nigeria would end soon.
It stated that investigators would in no time submit their findings on the inquiries initiated against the country over alleged gross abuse of citizens’ rights. Read more

Group Seeks Ends to Death Penalty

A Lagos-based human rights group, Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP), yesterday urged the federal and state governments to put an end to death penalty in the country. In statement signed by its Senior Legal Officer, Pamela Okoroigwe, to commemorate the 16th World Day against the Use of the Death Penalty Read more

Group Decries Incessant Violation of Human Rights in Nigeria

A Pan-African group, PANAF has decried incessant abuse of human rights in the country and Africa at large. The Coordinator, PANAF Project on Consolidating Civil Society Participation in translating African Human Rights Standards to Practice, Prof. Solomon Ebobrah, said undue detention of people despite court orders have been on increase. Read more

NHRC Expresses Concerns Over Lack of Awareness on Freedom of Information Act

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has raised concern over lack of awareness on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) among Nigerians. Mr Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of the commission said this on Monday in Abuja, when he received the visiting AU envoy and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Mr Lawrence Mute in Abuja. Read more

Nigeria: Rights Commission to Check Violation in 2019 Elections
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is partnering with Human Rights Advancement and Advocacy Centre, an NGO to check human rights violations before, during and after the 2019 general elections. Read more

OPINION

Is Education a Future Investment?
Education was adopted as a basic human right since the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Right (UDHR). In Nigeria, education policies and operations are overseen by the Ministry of Education. The state of the education in a given country is a determinant of growth Read more

Addressing The Culture Of Impunity In Nigeria

The observation made recently by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onoghen, that it would be impossible to stage a successful anti-corruption war in the country without a corresponding fight against the culture of impunity is alarming. Read more

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… 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

LEDAP@WORK

LEDAP to Nigerian Government: Abolish Death Penalty Now!

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

LEDAP Sues Saraki, Others for Defecting to PDP

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), has sued Senate President Bukola Saraki and other lawmakers who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It is praying the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare that they are no longer members of the National Assembly by virtue of their defections from the political parties that sponsored their election. Read more

LEDAP Holds Interactive Session on Twitter to Commemorate World Day Against The Death Penalty

On 10 October 2018, LEDAP held a live, interactive chat on twitter with Collins Okeke, Senior Legal Officer at HURILAWS, in commemoration of the 16th World Day Against The Death Penalty. The theme of this year’s World Day Against the Death Penalty is Dignity For All: Living Conditions of Death Row Inmates. Click here to view the conversation.

 

Invitation to Stakeholders Round Table Dialogue against Torture

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCOT) 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.

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

One-Day Strategic Roundtable And Training On The Moratorium Of The Death Penalty In Nigeria

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Nigeria anti-Death Penalty Group (NDEPELG) held a one-day strategic roundtable on evaluating and revising the punitive aspects of justice administration in Delta State on the 12th of November 2015. LEDAP, a member of the group, has in the past 10years implemented projects on improvement of criminal justice administration in Nigeria through trainings and introduction of good practices in criminal case management. Read more

Workshop For the Magistracy on the Effective Implementation of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011
LEDAP, in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, organized a workshop for the Magistracy on the effective implementation of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2011 at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka on Friday 17 June, 2016. Read more

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

PeepIntoTheLaw

Agreements in Nigeria Do Not Require Signatures of Notaries Public or Magistrates or Court Staff to be Legal and Binding

Legality of agreement is not based on stamping or singing of agreement by a court staff magistrate Notary Public. Agreement will be legal where parties who are adults and sane have agreed on a lawful transaction. Even where there is an illiterate in the agreement the person writing the agreement can state so and does not need to go to court for Magistrate or any court staff. Read more

Court strikes out suit against Buhari, others over Judges’ arrest

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday struck out the suit filed against President Muhammadu Buhari and five others, challenging the October 8, 2016, arrest and detention of two Justices of the Supreme Court and four others by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS). Read more

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

Court Rules That NBA’s Consent Is Not Necessary To Register A Lawyers’ Association At The CAC
Justice Babs O. Kuewunmi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos state has declared that consent of the Nigerian Bar Association is not a constitutional condition precedent to the formation of an association of specialist lawyers in Nigeria. Read more

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

ICJ Annual Jurist Conference 2018

The Annual Jurist Conference powered by International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Kenya is scheduled to hold from 20 – 24 November 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of this year is “The State of Judicial Independence in Africa: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities”. You can register here and click here fore more information.

Invitation to 2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

The second session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law will hold at Palais des Nations Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 23 November 2018 with the theme “Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law” Register here. Deadline is 16 November, 2018. Click here for more information.

Tenth Session of Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards Postponed

The 10th session of the committee has been rescheduled. It will now take place from 8 – 19 April 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Register by email registry@ohchr.org Click here for more information

World Peace Initiative: Community Awareness Grant for Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs

The World Peace Initiative Foundation (WPI) has announced its Community Awareness Grant for Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs to support projects that bring positive change in society and promote mindfulness and meditation as tools to improve the quality of life of people. Deadline for submission is 20 October, 2018. Click here for more information

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 for empowerment grants. These grants are available from €5.000 to € 75.000 for minimum of 12 to maximum of 24 months. Closing date is 9 November, 2018. Click here for more information

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 will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 2019. Click here for more information.

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. Register here or send an email to nedis@tepcentre.com. 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

To get your human rights and law related news and events in the LEDAP Newsletter, or to send us your comments and feedback send us an email at info@ledapnigeria.org

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.
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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.
Want to read the full case? Click
here to read the full case on the Nigerialii website.

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

PeepIntoTheLaw   

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.
Want to read the full case? Click
here to read the full case on the Nigerialii website.

 

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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