Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 18 March 2019

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

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

"The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul. #StopTorturein9ja”

John Calvin

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Policeman on raid allegedly kills Lagos tiler, shoots wife
The family of Abeeb Dauda, a 20-year-old tiler in the Amukoko area of Lagos State, has been thrown into mourning after he was allegedly shot dead by a policeman attached to the Amukoko Police Division. Read More
NDLEA Officers physically abuse a lawyer for defending an Innocent Citizen
A twitter user has taken to his twitter account @Ocaleb88 to narrate how his friend, a lawyer was beaten to pulp by officers of Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on February 26 2019. Read More
Youths celebrating Buhari’s victory attack policemen in Lagos
There was panic in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos, on Wednesday, as some youths, who were celebrating President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, attacked and wounded some policemen. Read More
Lagos landlord’s daughter beats tenant to death
The police have launched a manhunt for the daughter of a landlord on Odunsi Street, Bariga, Lagos State, for allegedly killing her father’s tenant. Read More
Man bags 4 years imprisonment for cutting off neighbour’s hand
A Lugbe Magistrates’ Court, Abuja on Tuesday February 19, 2019, sentenced Suleiman Ayuba to four years imprisonment for cutting off his neighbour’s hand. Read More
19 arrested for attempting to burn down Lagos police station
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 19 persons, who allegedly attempted to burn down the Ejigbo Police Station around 11.15pm on Saturday. Read More
Reps candidate, two others arrested for assaulting DCP
The police have arrested three persons, including a House of Representatives’ candidate in Brass Constituency, Sunny Adi, for allegedly masterminding the attack on a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kola Okunola, in Twon, Brass, Bayelsa State, last Sunday. Read More
Passenger kills okada rider, demands motorcycle documents from family
Mohammed Baba, a commercial motorcycle rider in the Bida area of Niger State, has met his untimely death in the hands of his passenger, one Isah Hassan. Read More
Teacher remanded in prison for defiling, impregnating 14-year-old pupil
A 34-year-old teacher at a school in Lagos, Quaseem Olayiwola, has been remanded in prison custody, following his arrest and arraignment for alleged defilement of his pupil. Read More
Two allegedly stab praying man to death in Kano
The Kano State Police Command has arrested two suspects, Kamalu Musa and another simply called Babangida, both residents of Shekar Maidaki Quarters Kano, for allegedly stabbing a man to death. Read More
How father drugged, molested 12-year-old daughter – Doctor
A medical practitioner, Alagbe Oyedeji, on Tuesday, explained to a Lagos State Special Offences Court how a 37-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Emmanuel Igboko, allegedly drugged and molested his 12-year-old daughter. Read More
My husband threatens me with broken bottles, woman tells court
Adedayo Kanisuru, an hairdresser and mother of two, on Tuesday, urged a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve the 12-year-old marriage between her and her estranged husband, Sherif, because he usually threatens her with a broken bottle. Read More
Amnesty International calls for the release of a human rights activist in Kaduna
The Amnesty International has called on the Kaduna State Government and the State’s Police Command for the release of Maryam Awaisu @Ice131Queen, a human rights activist arrested while seeking justice for victims of sexual violence in Nigeria . Read More
Courts remand three for assaulting Ikeja Electric workers
A middle-aged man, Abiodun Makinde, has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command, for allegedly beating up a worker of a power distribution company, Ikeja Electric, Oluwaseun Onate, while performing his duties on Aberuagaba Street in the Oshodi area of the state. 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
Woman in court for allegedly slapping ex-stepmother over refusal to leave father’s house
A 28-year-old woman, Amaka Okolie, who allegedly slapped her  ex-stepmother and destroyed her necklace worth N190, 000 during an argument on Monday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. 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
Senator-elect stripped naked for allegedly attempting to sleep with politician’s wife

In a viral video, Akwashiki, who emerged senator-elect for the Nasarawa North Senatorial District, was seen tied with a rope by the gang.There was blood in his mouth as he protested weakly while his assailants pummelled him. Read More

Man seeks divorce, alleges frequent beating by wife
An Ibadan-based man, Samuel Adedeji, on Thursday, told a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan to terminate the year-old union between him and his wife, Temiloluwa over threat to his life. Read More
52-year-old molests, impregnates teenage niece in Ekiti
The Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested a 52-year-old man, Dennis Kiyeve, for turning his niece, a minor, into a sex machine for over three years. Read More
Cultists allegedly chop off man’s wrist
The Enugu State Police Command in an overnight operation arrested two suspected cultists in Emene community, an Enugu suburb. Read More
Father of five kills wife over sex in Niger
The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old man, Mohammed Manu, for allegedly killing his wife, Bulo, in Barusa village, in the New Bussa Local Government Area of the state. 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
OPINIONS
Do we still need a Law Court?
It is worthy to note that every public official in Nigeria, from the President down to local government councillors, took the oath of allegiance to obey the rule of law, protect the citizens and uphold the constitution of Nigeria. Such that they can only approve the elimination of life by the pronouncement of a competent court of jurisdiction under a democratic setting. Read More
A protest, not a war: A lesson from the European Convention on Human Rights.
Protests are often a means, a vehicle for citizens to make themselves heard. Therefore, the ability to protest peacefully (without violence) is essential for upholding democracy and ensuring the participation of citizens in political governance. Therefore, it is important to educate the youths in Nigeria on how to protest because protesting is not fighting or a war. 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's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019: LEDAP URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO THINK EQUAL AND PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY IN NIGERIA.
As the world commemorates International Women’s Day, which celebrates the achievements of women in all spheres of life, Legal Defence and Assistance Project- LEDAP uses this opportunity to urge the Federal Government to enshrine gender equality in its policies for sustainable peace and development. 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.
For updates on the training, follow us twitter, facebook, instagram
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.
For updates on the training, follow us twitter, facebook, instagram
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.
For updates on the training, follow us twitter, facebook, instagram

 
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS/ OPPORTUNITIES
INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT : OMCT CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE PROGRAMME

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the largest international coalition of nongovernmental organisations fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances and all other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, is currently seeking to recruit an INTERN for its Committee against Torture related activities. Location: International Secretariat of the OMCT, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dates and duration: The starting date of the internship would be 18 March 2019 for a minimum of 3 months.

Application dateline: 18 February 2019. Read More

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
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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