Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 10 - October 2018

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

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

"Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. You turn a corner in the dark and there he is. You congeal into a bundle of inanimate fear. You become the soul anesthesia. But there is no escaping him.”

 Aldous Huxley

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
IGP warns against detaining suspects beyond 48hrs
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has warned policemen against detaining or keeping any suspect in custody beyond the specification of the law which is 48 hours. Read More
Lagos records 667 domestic, sexual violence cases in three months –DSVRT
The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team says 667 cases of domestic and sexual violence were recorded from July to September this year. Read More
LASG partners NGOs to tackle domestic violence
The Lagos State Government on Thursday said there was the need for synergy between government and non-governmental organisations to strengthen the fight against domestic violence. Read More 
Teachers, officials sexually exploit female students –Human Rights Watch
The Human Rights Watch on Thursday said that teachers and other school officials sexually exploit, harass, and abuse adolescent girls in Senegal’s secondary schools. Read More
Man faces homicide charges for stabbing victim to death
A 40-year-old man, Muntari Abdu, has been arraigned on charges of culpable homicide in Katsina following the death of one Salisu Abubakar whom he allegedly stabbed during a fight. Read More
Couple seeking better life sells one-day-old baby for N250,000
A couple has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit in Afam, in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State, for selling their day-old child for N250,000. Read More
Teachers, officials sexually exploit female students –Human Rights Watch
The Human Rights Watch on Thursday said that teachers and other school officials sexually exploit, harass, and abuse adolescent girls in Senegal’s secondary schools. Read More
NBA Chairman, two other lawyers allegedly harassed, striped naked by police
Mohamned ldowu, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, llorin branch, and two other legal luminaries, including a university lecturer, were allegedly harassed by the police in llorin on Wednesday, 17th October, 2018. Read More
Female Police Officer Brutalizes Lawyer, Manhandles NBA Ilorin Branch Chair
The spate of police harassment of lawyers across the country, especially in most cases where the lawyers were simply carrying out their professional work and discharging their professional responsibility to their clients is now becoming more than alarming. Read More
F-SARS Arrests Vigilante Over Possession Of Firearms
For being in possession of illegal firearms, a vigilante man, Abdulrasheed Zakariyau, of Magaji compound, Oke- Andi, Ilorin has been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court. The accused was arraigned on a one-count charge of illegal possession of firearms, which contradicts Section 27(A) 1 of Firearm Act Cap F 28, Law of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. Read More
Okada rider jailed over anal sex with six boys
A chief magistrates’ court in Minna, Niger, has sentenced a 23-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Adamu Mohammed, to four years imprisonment for having anal sex with six boys. Read More
NBA YLF Exco Brutalized and stripped naked by police for requesting a client’s bail
A member of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Forum, YLF, of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ilorin branch, Lukman O. Bello Esq, was yesterday brutalized and stripped naked by men of the Nigerian Police when he visited the police station to secure the bail of his client that was detained by the police. Read More
CDHR decries extortion, rights abuses by Police in Delta
The leadership of the Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Udu Unit, in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, has demanded an urgent drastic solution to the menace of extortion and human rights abuses by the policemen operating within the area and its environs. Read More
Policeman slammed into detention for assaulting lawyer
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN, has revealed that the policeman, who allegedly assaulted a lawyer, Luqman Bello, in Ilorin has been detained. Read More
Police nab man, 35, for defiling three-year-old girl
The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a 35-year-old man, Ayegunle Adekunle, for allegedly defiling a three-year-old girl. Read More
Tension as hoodlums kill Small Jpron, three others over politician’s largesse
There is tension in the Somolu and Bariga areas of Lagos State after four suspected cult members were killed during a gang war. Read More

Lady accuses Lagos KAI of injuring her dad and beating her brother to coma
In a report on the instagram, a lady has accused offcers of Lagos KAI of harrassing and injuring her father during a public raid on market men and women in Ejigbo. Read More
Nigerian army apologises, compensates CDSS student brutalized over incomplete uniform in Enugu State.
The brother of the Command Day Secondary School Enugu, who was brutalized by soldiers; has taken to his instagram page to narrate how the soldiers in the company of the Commandant, Lt. Col Sab Abalaka came to their house to compensate the victim. Read More
Student electrocuted while being chased by teachers
A trader lost her only son, yesterday, at the Government Secondary School, located along Atekong Drive, State Housing Estate, Calabar, Cross River State, as he was electrocuted while being chased by some teachers. Read More
Notorious policeman leaves man battling for his life over N50 bribe in Ebonyi State
A police officer identified as Mr Pius Okwor allegedly hit a man on his head with battion for refusing to give 50 naira bribe on road block. Read More
Woman breaks son’s head for refusing to eat ‘fufu’
One Mrs. Celestine, a mother of four, has injured her son, Tochukwu, for refusing to eat ‘fufu’ on Tuesday, at 18, Olu Irolu Street, off Adeshina Road, Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos. Read More
U.K-returnee and NEMA shut dead during a confrontation with the police, on Saturday, in Abuja
A lady identified as Ms Carla, has taken to her instagram page to narrate how her friend who recently returned from the United Kingdom was shot by a "trigger-happy" police officer. Read More
Man pummels his wife over nagging in Rivers
A housewife got more than she bargained for, this morning, as her husband left her face damaged in Iriebe, Rivers State. Read More
New FSARS Contact Details incase of SARS Abuse
If The 'New' FSARS Harass You. 
Please Contact: 
DIG, Department of Operations: 08037025670; IGP X-SQUAD 0902 690 0729, 08078662130, 08174041000 – CALLS,
0903 227 8905 – SMS, 
0903 562 1377 – whatsapp 
OPINIONS
UN:Torture is outlawed internationally - so why is it such big business?
Companies all over the world are still profiting from the sale of gruesome torture equipment like spiked batons, stun belts and leg irons, Amnesty International said today, as it called on world leaders to join the Global Alliance for Torture-Free Trade, a landmark agreement launched in 2017. Read More
Human Trafficking: Atrocities Against Victims And The Nigerian Challenge

Besides the sale of weapons and illicit drugs trade, human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest-growing criminal businesses. CHRISTIANA NWAOGU  writes that since law-and-order approach to solving this problem has failed , new strategies are needed to halt the atrocity and help victims. Read More

A Painless Solution to Law Enforcement Misconduct By Tochukwu Chukwmerije
Law enforcement misconduct refers to ill- appropriated conduct and or illegal actions taken by law enforcement agent(s)/officers in connection with their official duties. Law enforcement misconduct terms refer to a wide range of procedural, criminal and civil violations. Misconduct is the broadest category. Read More 
Reformed SARS, Undefined Beats
Like the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity, with a large number of Nigerian devotees, we now have a Reformed Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police (SARS). Nigerian devotees and friends of the police are asking: would the SARS no longer be seen as “Agbero Squad” (SA)? Read More 
Police powers to arrest and search
The power to prevent and detect crime does not give the Police carte blanche to violate the rights of citizens in the name of crime prevention and detection. Read More 
Detention: an imbalance of power
The risk of being tortured or ill-treated is higher at certain times during the period of a person’s detention and in certain situations. Read More 
Understanding the Risk of Torture
It is important to stress that no State is immune from the risk of torture and ill-treatment. As a result, there is always a need to be vigilant and to develop and implement effective preventive strategies. Read More 
Domestic Violence: Asserting children, women’s right to justice
For some time now, women lawyers in the country have affirmed the fight against forms of domestic violence against women and children in the society. Read More
About killings with impunity
The United States of America, speaking through its Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Mr. David Young, could not be more right to lament recently, the widespread killings, insecurity, violence, in Nigeria, and even more importantly, the lack of severe and effective measures against the perpetrators. Read More
Osibanjo and SARS public relations tragedy
Consistent with his usual knack for seeing seemingly intractable challenges through to a tolerable state, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s order to the Inspector General of Police to “overhaul” the controversial police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and follow-up directive to the National Human Rights Commission to set up a panel to probe allegations of rights abuse by the unit, are most commendable. Read More
Avocats Sans Frontieres France, calls for a review of the SARS overhaul by the IGP
Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF France)/ Lawyers Without Borders France welcomes the order of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris for the overhaul/reform of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force. Read More

DSS, democracy and the rule of law
Tragically the ugly spectre of democracy is the consequence of a sinister connivance between some elected citizens and elemental vestiges of dictatorship epitomised by some security and quasi-security agencies in the country. Unwittingly perhaps, they constitute a threat to civil liberties and the institutions, which symbolise democratic ideals in the polity. Read More
"Prisons, not for punitive purposes"
The Officer-in-Charge of Ibara Prison, Sunday Kolawole,in his public lecture described Nigerian Prisons as rehabilitation centres and not punitive grounds saddled with the responsibility of promoting public protection by providing assistance for offenders in their reformation and rehabilitation under safe,  secured and humane condition and to facilitate their social reintegration into the society. Read More
LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
Update on LEDAP's Support to Victims of Torture in North East: In the matter of Abba Ali V. Chief of Army Staff & 2 ORS.
The victim was arrested and detained on 20th October 2015 by men of the Nigerian Army on allegation of being a member of the dreaded Boko Haram Sect. Since his arrest and detention, he has not been brought before any court of justice for trial; and has been denied access to his family members and lwayer. The matter after hearing on 4th June 2018, has being adjourned to 8 November 2018 for judgement. For more updates follow us on twitter, facebook, instagram
Update on LEDAP's Support to Victims of Torture in North East: In the matter of Sale Hamid HamdalV. Chief of Army Staff & 2 ORS.
The victim was arrested and detained on 10th November 2015 by men of the Nigerian Army on allegation of being a member of the dreaded Boko Haram Sect. Since his arrest and detention, he has not been brought before any court of justice for trial; and has been denied access to his family members and lwayer. The matter after hearing on 4th June 2018, has being adjourned to 8 November 2018 for judgement.. For more updates follow us on twitter, facebook, instagram
LEDAP Demands Compensation for Victims and Families of Victims of SARS Brutality

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), commend the Federal Government on actions taken so far to overhaul the management and activities of SARS. Read More

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.
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 Petitions the Presidency on behalf of 279 persons illegally detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015
The legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) had 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. Read More
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.
LEDAP joins in the #EndSARS Campaign
Follow us on our social media pages  to get the latest uodates on our campaign  against SARS brutality on Nigerians. Instagram Facebook Twitter
UPCOMING EVENTS/ OPPORTUNITIES
Invitation to 7th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights
OHCR is pleased to civili societies to 7th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights on the theme of "Business respect for human rights - building on what works" from 26 to 28 November 2018 at  Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Deadline: Nov 28, 2018. Read More
10th session of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards
Further to requests from Regional Groups and in consultation with the Chairperson-Rapporteur, the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary International Standards has been rescheduled. It will now take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 8 - 19 April 2019. Documentation will be available in due course at
Register by email at registry@ohchr.org
 
Call for Inputs
The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee requests inputs on the following mandates of the Advisory Committee: 'The negative effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of human rights,' 'Negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin on the enjoyment of human rights,' and 'The role of technical assistance and capacity-building in fostering mutually beneficial cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights.' Deadline Friday 30 November 2018.  Read More
Invitation to 2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law
2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on theme of "Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law" from 22 to 23 November 2018 at Palais des Nations Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland
 
2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on theme of "Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law" -- from 22 to 23 November 2018 -- Palais des Nations Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland
 
Invitation to Join the Coalition For Effective ECOWAS Community Court of Justice
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
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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