Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 8 - October 2018

#Stoptorture9ja Project of LEDAP- Legal Defence and Assistance Project.

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

"Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions. Everything you have heard told, everything you have read returns to your mind as if you were been transported, not toward heaven but to hell.”

 Umberto ECO

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
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,The event 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.

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
Our daughters are regularly kidnapped, raped while trekking to school –FCT community
Residents of Pesepa community in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory have raised alarm over increase in cases of rape and kidnapping of their daughters, calling for urgent intervention of the government. Read More
Housewife in court for allegedly killing eight-month-old stepdaughter
A Magistrates’ Court in Minna has ordered the remand of a 20-year-old housewife, Zulai Kabiru, for allegedly killing her eight-month-old stepdaughter. Read More
Nigerian soldier kills colleague, self in another suicide rage
Another Nigerian Army soldier has been reported to have opened fire at a military facility in Abuja on Sunday, killing one colleague and injuring another before fatally ripping apart his own mouth with the rifle. Read More
Policeman kills undergraduate, injures another at APC primary
There was tension at the Federal College of Education (Technical) Asaba, on Wednesday 3 October, 2018, when a policeman deployed in the venue of the All Progressives Congress’ Delta North Senatorial District allegedly went berserk, shooting two students of the institution. Read More
Motorist beats woman to a pulp for scratching car
A motorist, John Nwakwo, has been arrested by the police for allegedly beating up a woman, Olufunmilayo Oyelade, to a pulp. Read More
Drunk policeman kills two colleagues
A drunk police officer shot dead two of his colleagues in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation report said. Read More
Man bags 10 years’ imprisonment for killing brother over woman
An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Collins Abakwe, to 10 years’ imprisonment for stabbing his younger brother, Chibuike Abakwe, to death during an argument over a woman. Read More
50-year-old man rapes toddler to death in Katsina
A 50-year-old man, Abdullahi Sani, has been accused of raping his neighbour’s three-year-old daughter to death in Funtua, Katsina State. Read More
Father rapes, impregnates 13-year-old daughter in Edo
A middle-aged man has been arrested by operatives of the Edo State Police Command for allegedly raping his 13-year-old daughter in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state. 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
Police shoot 2 students during APC Delta North primary
Two students identified as Ndubuisi and Henry Nweke, were reportedly shot, today, at the venue of the APC Delta North Senatorial primary election which held at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State. 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 
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
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
A day at a Lagos police station
It is impossible to have friendly cops on the road when they work in unfriendly and decrepit environments, some with no chairs to sit or where to sleep except inside vehicles. 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
NBA: Still fit for purpose?
The organisation has, at various times, been accused of ineptitude in its handling of critical human rights issues in terms of detention without trial and flagrant violation of judicial orders by the Executive arm of the Nigerian government. 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 Mustapha Alhaji Modu V. Minister of Defence & 4 ORS.
The victim was arrested and detained on 7th June 2013 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; so the matter which came up for hearing of written address on 24th September 2018 at Borno State High Court (Court 1), Maiduguri sought for the immediate release of the applicant and a public apology from the respondents for the illegal arrest. After hearing, the matter was adjourned to 3rd October 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 Bulama Modu Hammemare V. Minister of Defence & 4 ORS.
The victim was arrested and detained on 14th April 2014 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; so the matter which came up for hearing of written address on 24th September 2018 at Borno State High Court (Court 1), Maiduguri sought for the immediate release of the applicant and a public apology from the respondents for the illegal arrest. After hearing, the matter was adjourned to 3rd October 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
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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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