Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 9 - October 2018

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

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

"The risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment exists verywhere, in all parts of the world. This risk increases in closed environment, in places out of public view, therefore it is our individual, collective duty to eradicate institutional torture.”

 APT- Torture Prevention

  • NEWS
Nigeria: Eight South African Police Officers Accused of Murdering Nigerian Granted Bail
The eight South African police officers arrested in connection with brutal murder of a Nigerian in 2017 have been released on bail by that country's Magistrate Court. Read More
Police rescue teenage robber from angry mob
Nineteen-year-old commercial motorcycle rider, Shittu Ojo, has been rescued by the police from being lynched by an angry mob for allegedly stealing a mobile phone in the Blue Banana area of Alagbado, Lagos State. Read More
Soldiers detain PUNCHman, others for 28 hours over Missing General
PUNCH newspapers correspondent in Plateau State, Friday Olokor, has been arrested by some soldiers in Jos, the state capital. Read More
Woman docked for allegedly kidnapping, selling minor
The Police on Monday 8th October 2018, arraigned 48-years-old Akwaja Adaeze, in Wuse Zone 6 Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, for allegedly kidnapping a minor and selling him off for N650,000. Read More

Three years after police officer killed woman, family insist on justice
The family of Comfort Godwin who was allegedly shot and killed by a trigger-happy police officer has lamented their inability to get justice three years after the incident._ Read More
Soldier killed, woman abducted in Jos
A soldier attached to the Special Military Task Force, codenamed Operation Safe Haven, has been confirmed dead as gunmen successfully abducted a 21-year-old Hafsat Gambo and took her to an unknown destination. Read More
Nanny on the run after stabbing her boss to death and stealing her valuables in Abuja
Johnson Becky, a nanny has been accused of killing her boss, Yemisi Hassz and stealing valuables at their home in the Asokoro Area of Abuja. Read More
14-year-old girl seeks justice after second rape in two years
A 45-year-old man, identified simply as Ifeanyi, is currently being held in Ekeki Police Station, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, Gloria (surname withheld). Read More 
Lawyer attempted suicide after cutting off husband’s genitals – Witnesses
Witnesses testifying before a Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, on Monday 8th October 2018, narrated how a lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibo, tried to take her own life after stabbing her husband, Symphorosa, multiple times and cutting off his genitals. Read More
SARS Operative Dismissed For Collecting N5,000 'Ransom'
The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robery Squad (FSARS), Inspector Charles Omotosho, who extorted N5,000 from some road users in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. 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
Lecturer flees after brutalizing students
A lecturer at the Department of Science Laboratory and Technology [SLT] of the School of Evening Studies, Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, has fled after allegedly injuring some students. Read More
Soldier brutalizes girl who asked him for help in Abuja
One Mr Tersoo has taken to his instagram page to recount a soldier from Mogadishu barracks brutalised his daughter for asking for his help in getting an empty bottle behind his seat. Read More
Soldier flogs driver, shatters his glass in Lagos
A Danfo driver was flogged by a soldier, on Sunday, around Ojo barracks in Lagos, after having his side glass shattered by the military officer. Read More
Lastma official punching, butting man for hawking in Lagos
In a viral online video, a LASTMA officer was seen physically abusing a hawker opposite Elizade plaza, Maryland, Lagos on 2 October, 2018. Read More

I was disrespected  by the police - Singer Omawumi
In her instagram page, Omawumi a Nigerian Musician  has narrated her ugly experience with officers of the Nigerian Police, describing such act as abuse of office. Read More
Alleged torture: Journalist seeks NUJ’s help to tackle LASPOTECH
A journalist, Folake Sokoya, has petitioned the Lagos council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists over alleged torture by security guards at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu. Read More
Policewoman flees after stabbing husband in Lagos
Folake Ogunbodede, a police sergeant attached to the Ipaja police station, is currently on the run after stabbing her husband, Taiwo, following a misunderstanding at their home in Ipaja, Lagos. Read More
Policeman orders a driver to frog-jump in Lagos
In a online viral video, a man was seen frog jumping at NNPC mega station along Lagos Ibadan expressway on the orders of policemen stationed at the premise. Read More
Rapper Toyboykels accuses Lagos police officer, Joy Ogah, of robbing him inside their station.
Rapper Toyboykels has taken to her instagram page to narrate how she was robbed at Area C Surulere, Police station, Ojuelegba Lagos by an officer named Joy Ogah. Read More
Police rescue stolen baby, arrest suspects
According to a statement by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, the victim, a two-year-old baby girl was kidnapped on May 1st 2018. Read More
Police arrest 23-year-old old for killing sick septuagenarian
The police in Osun State have arrested a 23-year-old man, Julius Olatunji, for allegedly sneaking into the residence of a septuagenarian, Ojo Durojaye, and killing him after stealing his property. Read More
Aggrieved customer, hoodlums beat up teenager over failed deal
A teenager, David Olojo, has been hospitalised after he was allegedly beaten by some hoodlums working for one Adetola in the Egbeda area of Lagos. 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 
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
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
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
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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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