Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 16 - January 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.

"Torture is a senseless violence born in fear. We would almost be too lucky if these crimes were the work of savages: the truth is that torture makes torturers.”

Jean-Paul Sartre

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Panel on SARS fixes date for IPO to appear with suspect
The Presidential Investigation Panel on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Reforms, sitting in Abuja, on Monday ordered SP Philip Oshiri to appear before it with a suspect. Read More
New IGP Mohammed Adamu orders disbandment of FSARS
The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal Speciall Anti-robbery Robbery Squad (FSARS), Special Investigation Panel (SIP) and Special Tactical Squad (STS). Read More
Power-drunk DPO breaks Lagos carpenter’s hand, leg
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ijora-Badia Police Division, Lagos State, CSP Rotimi Odutona, has been accused of fracturing the left hand and leg of a carpenter, Saheed Akinboye, while assaulting him at the station. Read More
CSP Jane Mbanefo To Be Arraigned For Assaulting Female Lawyer, Chiamaka Nwangwu
The Divisional Police Officer (D.P.O) of 3-3 Police Station, CSP Jane Mbanefo, who was accused of assaulting an Onitsha based female lawyer, Chiamaka Nwangwu, will be arraigned on 22nd of January, 2019 at the High Court of Onitsha Judicial Division. Read More
Residents accuse drunken cop of killing football fan
Residents of Toriola Street in the Bariga area of Lagos State have accused an alleged drunken policeman of shooting a man, simply identified as Sefiu, dead during a football match. Read More
Dismissed soldier to die by hanging for killing girlfriend
A Plateau State High Court sitting in Barkin Ladi on Wednesday  23 January 2019, sentenced a 34-year-old dismissed solider, Sunday Umaru, to death by hanging, for hacking his lover to death over a text message, he found on her phone. Read More
Police arraign woman for murder of two-year-old boy
The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned one Chinenye Ndubuife before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court for the alleged murder of a two-year-old boy, Wisdom Promise. Read More
Niger man buries murdered victim after raiding his home
A murder suspect in Niger State, Adelowo Adedayo, 31, on Tuesday led police detectives to a shallow grave at the APC Quarters, Suleja in the Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State, where he allegedly buried one Abdullahi Liman. Read More
Photographer Charles beaten up for exposing fraud at an #NNPC filling station in Lagos
An instagram user Chazi_jc, has taken to his page to recount how he was manhandled by fuel attendants for recording the illegal activities that takes place at NNPC gas station at car wash Idimu egbeda. Read More
Alleged mad man escapes after killing his own wife, children, four others
The Police Command in Ebonyi State says it has arrested “an insane man“ (name withheld), for allegedly killing his wife, two children and four other members of his community. Read More
SARS operatives abandon handcuffed innocent victims in Ondo for fear of being lynched by mob.
After arresting and beating two students in Akure, SARS operatives abandon handcuffed innocent victims and fled for fear of being lynched by angry mob along Oda road,Ondo State. Read More
Soldiers accused of phone theft, prevented from fleeing
Two soldiers met their match, today, after they were accused of stealing the phone of a civilian in Ojuelegba, Lagos. Read More
Mob lynches man for allegedly harvesting faeces in Ekiti
An irate mob in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Monday, lynched one Babatunde Ajonileju, whom they accused of harvesting human faeces for sinister motives. Read More
Lagos cart pusher stabs colleague to death during fight
A cart pusher, simply identified as Mudasiru, is currently on the run after allegedly using a broken bottle to stab his colleague, Umaru, to death during a fight. Read More
Court remands teenager in correction home for defiling stepsisters
A 14-year-old boy was, on Monday, remanded at the Oregun Correctional Home for Boys by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defiling his three step sisters. Read More
How UNILAG alumnus assaulted students –Witnesses
Three members of staff of the University of Lagos, on Monday 21 January 2019, explained to a Lagos State Sexual Offences Court how an alleged serial rapist, John Otema, attacked students on the campus and sexually assaulted them. Read More
Orphan set ablaze by his friend’s mom in Edo
A lady has been summoned by the police to explain why she set her son’s orphaned friend, Favour Omokaro, ablaze in Benin, Edo State. Read More
Bike thieves made to hawk huge stones in Benue
Two suspected thieves, recently, got more than they bargained for after being caught at Atakpa, Otukpo, Benue State. Read More
Prophet beaten to death after being caught eating bread and feces.
An acclaimed Cherubim and Seraphim pastor was, today, beaten to death after allegedly being caught eating a combination of soft bread and feces in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. Read More
Following PUNCH’s report, CP orders probe of DPO who broke carpenter’s leg, arm
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has recalled the Divisional Police Officer, Ijora-Badia Division, Daniel Odutona, from his duty post to the command’s headquarters to pave the way for an investigation into the alleged assault on a carpenter, Saheed Akinboye, by the DPO. Read More
SARS operatives seen harassing man who stepped out to eat at an eatery, this morning, in #Ondo State
An online viral video posted by instablog9ja, some SARS operatives were seen harassing a man coming out from an eatery at Oba Ile, Ondo State. Read More
Married man, 44, defiles girls aged 7 and 8 in Delta State
A 44-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly defiling a 7-year-old girl in #Sapele, Delta state.  Read More
Bride and groom brutalise friend accused of stealing the money sprayed at their wedding
A lady, Iniubong Essien, has revealed how her friend, Aniedi, and her husband, Uduak Godwin Nseobot aka King Pele, a Councillor representing Southern II, Ward 6 in Ibiono Ibom LGA, abducted, stripped her naked and brutalized her. Read More
A Lady brutalizes her 13 years house help over 10 Naira in Lagos
A 13-year-old girl is currently in severe pains after being brutalized by her boss over N10, yesterday, in Ikorodu, Lagos. Read More
Fake yahoo boy terrorizing Benin, nabbed with the help of CCTV
A boy who goes around posing as a yahoo boy, but specializes in burgling, has been caught in Edo State. Read More
Young man prevented from committing suicide.
A 25-year-old man has been prevented from plunging into the lagoon in an apparent suicide attempt, on Wednesday, in Lagos. 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.

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
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
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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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