Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 17 February 2019

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

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

"Torture is about a pervasive abuse of power, in prisons and police stations but also in migrant or juvenile detention centres, psychiatric institutions etc..”

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Anambra intervenes in teenager’s marriage to 56-year-old man
The Anambra State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs has taken up the case of a 15-year-old girl married to a 56-year-old man said to be mentally challenged. Read More
Police beat me up when I sat with my sick baby at Rivers Govt House gate –Artisan
Monday Agoboye, who held a day sit-in with his sick baby boy at the entrance to the Rivers Government House, Port Harcourt, talks to CHUKWUDI AKASIKE about his desperate move to save his child. Read More
Police arrest couple for killing first wife
Amokofia community in Ukehe, Igboetiti Local Government Area of Enugu State, has been thrown into mourning as a 56- year-old man, Simon Nwodo, was said to have conspired with his second wife Edith Nwodo, and allegedly killed his first wife, Kate Nwodo, over a family dispute. Read More
Lagos records 134% rise in sexual abuse, domestic violence
The 2018 report of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team of the Ministry of Justice, Lagos State, has shown a 134 per cent increase in cases of rape, defilement and domestic violence handled by the agency compared to the previous year. Read More
Soldier assaults tricyclist for ignoring him, at #WAEC, #Yaba, Lagos
A viral video showing where an army officer was beating a keke driver for ignoring him at Yaba Lagos, has once again generated public uproar among internet users in Nigeria. Read More
32 years old man arresting for pimping 16 years old boy out to gay men and infecting him with HIV
Lagos state police arrested a man identified as Prince Chinecherem, 32, believed to be the leader of a gay group, and a teenager for engaging in homosexuality, he was arrested alongside a 16-year-old boy. Read More
Man kills, buries lover after defrauding her of N530,00
A 47-year-old man, Kazeem Adebayo, is cooling his feet in the custody of the Ogun State Police Command over the alleged murder of his lover, Abosede Adesanya. Read More.

Delta raises the alarm over serial rape of minors
The Delta State Government has raised the alarm over high rate of defilement of minors and domestic violence in the state. Read More
Husband beats his wife after catching her in bed with neighbor
According to a Twitter user who shared the pictures, the man decended on his wife after he caught her in bed with their neighbor. Read More
Woman bathed in hot water dies in Osun
A middle-aged woman, Mrs Rebecca Oladosu, who was allegedly bathed in hot water mixed with pepper by the duo of Basirat Lamidi and her daughter-in-law, Taye Lamidi, has died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the attack. Read More
Lady machetes military teacher for flogging her child
A soldier escaped being butchered to death, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as the wife of Air Commodore Irobuisi (NAF2042) attacked him with a machete. Read More
61-year-old man allegedly assaults seven boys sexually
A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the remand of a 61-year-old man, Ibrahim Alfa, over the alleged sexual assault of seven boys between the ages of eight and 10. Read More
Boy beats his girlfriend for inviting her friend to his house.
A lady identified as Esther, received beating in abundance, yesterday, because her invited friend, Teddy, created a scene at her boyfriend’s house in Abuja. Read More
Mum arrested for attempting to sell newborn baby in Anambra
A 22-year-old single mother, identified as Happiness Mmadu, has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell one of her four-day-old twins in order to pay her hospital bill. Read More
Two Men arrested for drugging, raping and filming 23-year-old girl.
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two men identified as Razaq Oluwaseun Oke, 28 and Don-Chima George, 25, for raping a 23-year-old girl at a hotel in Lekki, Lagos. Read More
Slay queen stripped, tortured after she was accused of stealing a phone
A video of an unidentified lady being stripped naked by a group of people, who inserted pepper into her private parts for allegedly stealing a mobile phone in Benin City, went viral a few days ago and has since caused outrage on social media. Read More
Man pours acid on wife, kills self over property
A man, Daniel Okafor, has allegedly committed suicide at Nsugbe in the Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State because his wife, Pauline, refused to name him the inheritor of a house she built. Read More
Police nab security guard for raping prophetess in Ondo
Men of the Ondo State Police Command have arrested one Longbab Bouguen for allegedly raping a prophetess (name withheld) at the Agbogbo area of Akure. Read More
Woman beats husband’s nephew to death in Ogun over N6,500
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command, on Wednesday, arrested a 47-year-old housewife, Joy Egeonu, for allegedly beating the 11-year-old nephew of her husband, Chibuike Egeonu, to death over an allegation that the deceased stole her N6,500. Read More
NURTW chairman convicted of killing policeman gets death sentence
An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday sentenced to death Saheed Arogundade, Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, Boundary/Aiyetoro Unit, Lagos State, for the murder of a 32-year-old policeman, Gbenga Oladipupo. Read More
Police men kill a bus driver for refusing to give #100 bribe at Port Harcourt
A facebook user identified as Ezebunwo Ichemati posted on his page, the video of Police officers who shot a bus driver for refusing to give a #100 bribe at at AGIP junction, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Read More
Landlady’s son flees after raping tenant’s 5-year-old daughter, through the anus and vagina
A 23-year-old guy identified as Sunkanmi Akinsero, is currently on the run as he has been declared wanted by the Ikotun Police Division in Lagos, for defiling a 5-year-old girl through the anus and vagina. Read More
Security guard rapes CCC prophetess in Ondo.
A security guard, Longbab Bouguen, has been arrested over the rape of a prophetess of a Celestial Church of Christ around Agbogbo area of Akure, Ondo state. Read More
2-year-old girl brutalized for not being about to count 1 to 200 in Ondo State
A Nigerian man has taken to his Facebook page to share the photos of a little girl who was brutalized by her mother just because she can’t count. Read More
Man nabbed while trying to rape a new mom in Abuja
A man met his Waterloo, this morning, in Gwarinpa, Abuja, after breaking into a woman’s house. Read More

12 Things you Need to Know about the New F-SARS.
The Police has outlined 12 principles that guide the operation of the overhauled SARS later renamed to F-SARS.

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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
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
#EndSARS: What exactly is the status of SARS?
Around 2009, SARS found its way into Nigerian Universities as a medium to repress the surge of internet fraud and cultism which had spilled to the streets. This era also coincided with the radicalism of style and fashion evolution amongst Nigerians under 35. 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
Amnesty International wants end to attacks on media practitioners in Nigeria
Amnesty International Nigeria has called for an end to the intimidation of media practitioners by the Nigerian authorities at all levels. Read More
Embarrassing military brutality on the media
In what has been described, rightly, as an assault on press freedom in Nigeria, the Abuja and regional offices of the Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust newspapers in Maiduguri, Borno State were invaded by soldiers while the tabloid’s Regional Editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab, were arrested and later released by reckless military officers. 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
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 Speaks on Torture, SGBV and Custodial Conditions of Women in the #16DaysActivism on Violence against Women.
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project is focused on creating public awareness on the prevalence of torture , Sexual and Gender Based Violence and other inhuman treatment against women in detention facilties as a means of bringing to forebear the exacerbating cases of violence women face in the society. This is in furtherance to the internationally recognised 16 Days of Activism that aims to create public awareness on the various kinds of violence women face in the society with the aim of curtailing its occurrences. For more updates, follow us on facebook and twitter as we livestream accounts of victims of gender based violence.
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.
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 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
Call for inputs and updates to the OHCHR online Database on practical means to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presents its
compliments to non-governmental organisations and draws their attention to paragraph 191 (d) of the Durban Declaration and Progratnme of Action, which recommends that the "Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with States, international, regional and non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions, create a database containing information on practical means to address racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."
Deadline 15 February 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 input
Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions on "the impact of the use of lethal force by law enforcement officials on persons with psychosocial, intellectual or developmental disabilities"  --  Deadline 1 February 2019. Read More
 
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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