Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 17 February 2019

#Stoptorturein9ja Project of LEDAP- Legal Defence and Assistance Project.

Legal Defence and Assistance Project brings you update on incidents of torture in Nigeria.

"Favouring the use of torture is not a political position, its a mental illness. #StopTorturein9ja”

Mark Sumner

  • NEWS
Policeman attached to SDP candidate kills okada rider
A yet-to-be identified commercial motorcyclist, popularly called okada rider, was allegedly killed by a policeman in Ipogun town in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State on Thursday evening. Read More
Cops assault, strip man for refusing to submit phone for checks
Policemen from the Owutu Police Station, near Agric bus stop, Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Tuesday, beat and stripped a man for allegedly refusing to allow them to check his telephone. Read More
Police rescue five-year-old girl as abductor takes her for dedication service
The Police in Enugu State said that they have rescued a five-year-old baby girl allegedly kidnapped at her parents’ home. Read More
Egypt ‘jails police officers over torture
An Egyptian court has sentenced three police officers to three years in jail for torturing a detainee to death, reports the privately-owned Youm7 newspaper. Read More
Ex-Oshiomhole’s aide, others in the dock over the torture of a commercial sex worker
A former aide to Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Lucky Igbinovia, was on Monday arraigned and remanded in prison custody. Read More
Ondo housewife arrested for assaulting daughter over inability to recite numerals
A housewife, Bisola Anthony, who was on the run after allegedly using a stirring rod to assault her two-year-old daughter because of her inability to properly recite numerals, has been apprehended by the operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps attached to the Child Development Centre of the Ondo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. Read More
Lawyer, wife allegedly assault court bailiff
The Police on Monday, 11 February, 2019 arraigned an Abuja-based lawyer, Kanu Godwin; and his wife, Adaku, in a Wuse Zone II Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assaulting a court bailiff while on lawful duty. Read More
Monarch revokes sacked Delta gov aide’s chieftaincy title for assaulting woman
The Obi of Owa in Delta State, Dr E. O. Efeizomor, has revoked the chieftaincy title bestowed on a former security aide to the state governor, Mr Friday Eluro caught on video assaulting a woman for allegedly insulting him. Read More
Group condemns assault on woman in Delta
A think tank group, The Nigeria 2015 Group has condemned the brutal assault on a woman Friday Eluro, by an aide to Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Read More
Landlady, daughter flee after beating tenant to death.
A landlady and her daughter, identified as Damilola, are currently on the run after beating a tenant, Mama David, to death, during a fight in Lagos. Read More
I never knew flogging could kill him – Woman who beat boy to death over N6,500
Joy Egeonu, the 47-year-old woman who accused her husband’s 11-year-old nephew of stealing her N6,500 and allegedly beat him to death, says she is still at loss to understand what happened. Read More
Load carrier stabbed by her colleague over N250.
There was chaos in Lagos Island, yesterday, as two load carriers engaged in a fierce fight over the sum of N250, leading to the near-fatal stabbing of one of them. Read More
Man nabbed for defiling six-year-old girl in Ogun
A 44-year-old man, Rafiu Moruf, has been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command   for allegedly having unlawful carnal knowledge of a six-year-old girl (name withheld). Read More
Father of three arrested for defiling underage girls in Niger
The Niger State Police Command has apprehended a 35-year-old man, Clement Onuchukwu, for defiling two girls aged seven and eight years. Read More
Victim severs suspected rapist’s manhood in Katsina
Information obtained by the police from the Kankara General Hospital, Katsina State, led to the arrest of a suspected rapist, whose manhood was allegedly severed by his victim. Read More
Bauchi vigilantes allegedly torture butcher to death over goat theft
Members of a local vigilante group, popularly known as ‘Yan Kwamiti’, have allegedly tortured a 28-year-old butcher, Abdulrazak Hassan, to death in the Wuntin Dada area of Bauchi State. Read More
Woman arraigned for allegedly stabbing another
A 42-year-old woman, Mariam Dada, was on Tuesday arraigned in an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State for allegedly stabbing anothet woman with a broken bottle. Read More
Robbers lead mob to lynch innocent clearing agent in Lagos
A 26-year-old clearing agent, Temitope Adeoye, has met his untimely death in the hands of a mob, who mistook him for a thief in the Cele-Ijesha area of Lagos State. Read More
Woman, 31, allegedly burns son with hot iron
A 31-year-old mother who allegedly burnt her 12-year-old son with hot pressing iron, has been arraigned before a Tinubu Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos. Read More
Man, 45, remanded over rape of 7-year-old girl
An Ado-Ekiti magistrates’ court yesterday remanded a 45-year-old man in prison over alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl. Read More
Farmer remanded for allegedly defiling minor
An Okitipupa chief magistrate’s court in Ondo State on Wednesday 13 February, 2019 remanded a 20-year-old farmer in prison for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl. Read More
Woman allegedly assaults 8-yr-old househelp with hot iron
An Ogba chief magistrate court in Lagos yesterday ordered that a 36-year-old woman, Shukurat Mahmud, be remanded in prison custody for allegedly using a hot iron on her eight-year-old househelp. Read More
Mob kills man who hacked his mother to death in Enugu – Police
The police command in Enugu State says it has begun investigation into the killing of a man who allegedly hacked his mother to death. Read More
Police arrest 3 for alleged torture of lady over phone theft in Edo
Police authority in Edo state has arrested three persons in connection with a video in which one Miss Favour Ada, was allegedly stripped naked and tortured over phone theft. Read More
Court remands teacher for allegedly defiling girl, 4
A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday ordered the remand of a 35-year-old teacher, Kabiru Musa, for allegedly defiling a four-year-old girl. Read More
Man, 38, remanded in prison for alleged abduction, rape of teenager
A Kano State Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday, remanded a 38-year-old man, Ibrahim Muntari, in prison over alleged abduction and rape of a 15-year-old girl. Read More
Rape: Police, courts frustrating us, says rights group
A non-governmental organisation, Project Alert on Violence Against Women, has said the police and the courts are frustrating attempts at getting justice for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Read More
Nigeria should eradicate FGM
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2019 marked recently provided yet another opportunity to reaffirm Nigeria’s dubious reputation for misery. Read More
Who is a human rights activist?
A human rights activist has always been of loose connotation in Nigeria. This concept is particularly of relative connotation to different sections of the Nigerian society as noted, the word has been used too loosely, that its true efficacy has become lost in translation. Read More
Alleged rights abuses: CDHR demands Delta CP removal
The Committee For Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) Delta state branch has demanded the immediate removal of the Commissioner of Police, CP Anthony Mike Ogbizi, over alleged operational ineptitude and gross violation of human rights in handling cases. Read More
Lawyer tasks new IGP on professionalism
A human rights lawyer, Adeola Oyinlade, has urged the new Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, to be professional and write his name in gold by giving Nigerians the new police they are craving for to gain the trust of the society. Read More
Defence minister proffers solution to insurgency
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Thursday, urged productive relationship between members of the Armed Forces and the civilians aimed at enhancing the military’s performance in safeguarding Nigeria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Read More
Understanding the true costs of torture
We were talking to an economist recently about our work and she said something both surprising and thought-provoking. “Torture is such a niche topic. It isn’t really that interesting to those outside your human rights world.” Read More
LEDAP trains Lawyers, Journalists and Civil Societies in Yola, Adamawa State
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCaT) trained paralegals and human rights activities on torture prevention mechanisms, gathering of evidence principles of documentation, reporting and posecution of torture cases. The training held from 5-6 December 2018 in Yola, Adamawa state.
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LEDAP trains Lawyers, Journalists and Civil Societies in Yola, Adamawa State
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCaT) trained paralegals and human rights activities on torture prevention mechanisms, gathering of evidence principles of documentation, reporting and posecution of torture cases. The training held from 5-6 December 2018 in Yola, Adamawa state.
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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. 
LEDAP Provides Free Legal Support to 85 Survivors of Torture in North Eastern Nigeria.
As part its efforts towards enhancing redress system for victims of human rights violations and power abuse, the Legal Defenece and Assistance Project through its committed pro bono lawyers in North East is currently supporting 85 survivors of human rights violations arising from illegal detention, detention incommunicado, torture and other degrading, inhuman treatments. These survivors were drawn from the four North East States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno and Yobe. Some of the cases filed earlier this year are already at the judgement stage while judgement had been delivered on some other cases.
LEDAP Records Success in an Out-of-Court Settlement on Torture Cases
In line with LEDAP's commitment towards curbing torture in Nigeria, the organisation through its pro bono counsel in Yola, Adamawa state successfully signed a Memorandum of Terms of Settlement between the plaintiffs and the 3rd Respondent.
The plaintiffs Bizain Wilson and Andrew Galayina were brutally tortured by Nigerian Army Captain in 2015 for political reasons, which resulted to their hospitalization for three months.
Through the terms of settlement the 3rd respondent made consideration for the sum of 300,000 thousand naira which the plaintiff acknowledged receipt and agreed to withdraw the claim subject. A consent judgement has been given in respect of this case.
Nominations Open for 2019 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Nominations are open for the fifth edition of the UNESCO- Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 2019 which is funded by the Government of Japan. Deadline 30 April 2019. Read More
Call for Nominations for 2019 WANGO Awards! Honouring Non-Governmental Organizations throughout the World
The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is seeking nominations for WANGO Awards Program to honor non-governmental organizations from throughout the world that demonstrate extraordinary effort, innovation, leadership, and excellence in providing service to humanity. Deadline 15 July 2019. Read More

Application for Graduate Program Admission 
KAIST international calls on interested candidates to submit application for Graduate Program courses. For more information about the application visit


Invitation to Modernising Criminal Justice Conference
The conference tagged " Towards a Justice System for the Digital Age" will be taking place on 11th June 2019 at the QEII London, Modernising Criminal Justice will bring together 500+ Policy Leaders, Justice Professionals and Government Officials to share their insights and strategies for driving transformation in criminal justice forward. Read More
Call for applications for the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture and the UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery 
On behalf of the Secretariat of the Humanitarian Funds at the Office of the  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, we are pleased to announce that the Call for Applications for Projects to be implemented in 2020 is now open for the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture and the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Contemporary Forms of Slavery.
Deadline 1 March 2019. Read More 
Call for Application
The Special Fund established by the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) will be accepting project applications aiming at the establishment or effective functioning of national preventive mechanisms in the State parties to OPCAT  --  Deadline 1 March 2019. Read More
Strategic Human Rights Litigation Course 2019
The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) invites applicants for the 2019 Africa Human Rights Litigation Course, to be held in Accra, Ghana from April 10 to 12, 2019. Read More
Call for submissions
The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will carry out a study on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Context of Borders, Migration and Displacement under its mandate in resolution 33/25 (2a). The Expert Mechanism will present a draft of this study for discussion at its next session from 15-19 July 2019. A final version will be presented to the Human Rights Council at its forty-second session (September 2019). Read More
Call for Conference Participation on "Bribery and Corruption: Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem
T he International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference invites judiciary, prosecution agencies , defence lawyers, legal policy drafters, law enforcement, corrections and government officials to its conference aimed at tackling bribery and corruption by focusing on the scope of the problem, corruption prevention, risk management, investigation and law enforcement strategies, legislative reforms and policies, international responses and evidentiary issues.The conference will hold in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 2019. Read More
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