Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 15 - January 2019

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

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

"Man is the only one to whom Torture is and death of his felow creature is amusiing in itself. #Stoptorturein9ja”

James Anthony Froude

  • NEWS
NHRC panel ends hearing on SARS Monday
The National Human Rights Commission’s seven-man Special Investigative Panel set up to look into the activities and make recommendations for the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police will end its public hearing in Abuja on Monday, 14 January, 2019. Read More
Rwanda: National Commission for Human Rights prepares ground to launch preventive mandate
Following the entry into force, in September 2018, of the law designating the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) as National Preventive Mechanism ( NPM), the NCHR is preparing the ground to launch its preventive operations in February 2019. In this context, the APT went to Kigali on 17-18 December to strengthen the NCHR’s capacity to effectively implement the NPM mandate and develop a robust operational plan. Read More
Policemen torture a man for being disrespectful by refusing to give bribes in Edo
A viral online video showed where policemen were flogging a man whom they accused of being disrespectful for refusing to give bribes along Sapele Road, Benin, Edo State on 15 January, 2019. Read More
Man shoots wife, two sons dead in Edo
The Edo State Police Command, has arrested a 35-year-old man, simply identified as Uwaila, for shooting his wife and two sons dead. Read More
I killed my wife due to extreme provocation – Suspect
The Niger State Police Command, on Sunday 13 January, 2019, arrested a 39-year-old man, Farida Banti, of Hungu village in the Mariga Local Government Area of the state, for alleged murder of his wife, Hajo, also known as Maijari, with a cutlass over their frequent misunderstanding.   Read More
Man murders friend over sewing machine in Bauchi
A 20-year old man, Sadique Ahmed, has been arrested by the police for allegedly stabbing his friend to death for taking his sewing machine without permission. Read More
Man gets N300,000 bail for allegedly assaulting wife

A 36-year-old husband, Stephen Chinwuko, who allegedly assaulted his wife appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday 14 January, 2019. Read More

Man on trial for making sexual advances to school boy
Victor Akagha, who allegedly gave a ride to a 15-year-old school boy and took him to his house for unlawful sexual advances, was on Friday 11 January, 2019, in Lagos released on a N100, 000 bail. Read More
Man allegedly pours acid on ex-wife’s lover, stabs him to death
A man allegedly poured acid on his ex-wife’s lover, after which he also reportedly stabbed him to death. Read More
Man in court for beating up landlord
A 31-year-old tenant, Abass Babatunde, was arraigned in Lagos State on Tuesday 15 January, 2019, for beating up his 63-year-old landlord. Read More
Man stabs wife to death over alleged extramarital affairs
The Niger State Police Command has apprehended one Ishaya David, 29, for allegedly killing his wife Rifkatu David, 25, over allegations of promiscuity. Read More
Five men to die by hanging for armed robbery
An Osun State High Court sitting in Iwo, on Monday,14 January 2019, passed a guilty verdict on five men for their involvement in armed robbery and sentenced them to death by hanging. Read More
Blind gospel artiste accused of defiling his tenant’s daughter
A 49-year-old blind gospel musician, Anthony Okhiria, was on Monday paraded by the Edo state police command for allegedly defiling the 9-year-old daughter of his tenant, at house number 9, Isidahomen Street, Ekpoma. Read More
Catholic Priest Battling For His Life After Being Beaten To Coma In Ebonyi State Over N500
Doctors at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA), Ebonyi State are battling to save the life of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Mathew Orie. Orie was reportedly beaten to coma at Abakaliki rice mill for refusing to give a revenue agent at the gate N500. Read More
Businessman accused of rape kills self after posting suicide note on Twitter
The founder of Asiwaju Royal Furniture in Ojo, Lagos, Michael Asiwaju, popularly known as Mike Cash, has taken his own life following several rape allegations against him. Read More
Police, Army, others in show of force in Lagos
In preparation for the forthcoming general elections, the police, army and other security agencies on Saturday patrolled major highways in Lagos metropolis in a show of force. Read More
Condemnation trails alleged murder of Nigerian in South Africa
Nigerians living in South Africa have expressed displeasure with the alleged killing of a Nigerian, Celestine Nwokeocha, 36, by the South African Police. Read More
Customs officers kill motorcyclist while chasing smugglers
Bullet allegedly fired by men of the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Friday, killed a 35-year-old man, Samson Olabisi, at Ipokia Roundabout, Ipokia Local Government Area of the state. Read More
Tricycle operator in police net for defiling 10-year-old girl in Akwa Ibom
A tricycle operator, one Edet Edem, is currently in police custody for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old girl (name withheld) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Read More
LASG pays N10m to family of slain LASTMA officer
The Lagos State Government says it has fulfilled its promise to compensate the family of late officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adeyemo Oke, who was murdered by a trigger-happy policeman, Olukunle Olonade, in December 2018 at Iyana Ipaja while on duty. Read More
Referee beaten after an NPFL match in Ogun State
A Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) referee was beaten after the game between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance on Sunday, January 20, in Sagamu, Ogun State. Read More
Nigerian student jumps to his death over house rent in Cyprus
A 21-year-old Nigerian student has died as a result of the head injuries he sustained after jumping from his apartment when his landlord came demanding for his rent. Read More
Two drivers charged with killing six persons, get N200,000 bail
Two truck drivers have been charged with manslaughter at a Tinubu magistrate’s court, Lagos State, after they allegedly drove recklessly, killing six road users along Lekki-Epe Expressway. Read More
Girlfriend bites off the lip of a lady given a lift by her boyfriend
A 23-year-old stranger, Beatrice Eric Agyapong, has had her lower lip bitten off by the jealous girlfriend of a man who gave her a lift with his car, on Friday, in #Takoradi, Ghana. 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 
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
Access to a lawyer in the first hours of detention in Mexico: Bridging the gap between law and practice
Access to a lawyer in the first hours of detention is one of the most effective ways to re-balance power inequality and reduce the risks of abuses and violence. Read More
Joint Statement: NGOs express their concern for the lives of death row prisoners after actions taken at risk of imminent execution by Saudi government.
On 1 November 2018, the case of 12 men convicted of spying for Iran and spreading the Shia faith, including that of Abbas Al-Hassan, was transferred to the Presidency of the State Security (PSS) by Royal Decree, indicating what may be their imminent execution, despite concerns about the fairness of their trials by the international community and the United Nations. Read More
Good progress towards “Universal Protocol on Investigative Interviewing and Associated Safeguards"
The first day of the meeting, December 10, coincided with International Human Rights Day as well as the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 34th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Torture by the General Assembly. Read More
New practical guide on the protection of LGBTI persons deprived of liberty
Historically subjected to discrimination and abuse across all regions of the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex ( LGBTI) persons are particularly exposed to the risk of ill-treatment or even torture when deprived of their liberty. Read More
Why Nigeria Police relish parading suspects 
Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as well as a plethora of High Court rulings deprecating the act of parading suspects before trial are as clear as daylight on the protection given to the principle of fair hearing and the presumption of innocence of the accused. Read More

Introducing a new resource to document weapons and restraints in places of detention. 
A recent study commissioned by the Association for the Prevention of Torture emphasised the important role of torture prevention bodies in reducing the risk of torture  and ill-treatment.  

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Using comics to mobilise support for torture prevention.
One way to increase support for torture prevention is to influence public debate that torture is wrong. As popular culture in particular series and films continues to brand torture as “necessary” or “inevitable”, we should explore new ways to challenge these pre-conceived ideas, including through popular mediums.

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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.
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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 attends UN Women Symposium on #16DaysofActivism, End Violence against Women in Abuja
In commemoration of the international #16DaysofActivism campaign targeted at ending all forms of violence against women in the world, the United Nations Women Nigeria in collaboration with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, organised a High Impact National Symposium aimed at strengthening the capacity of organisations, government agencies and individuals working on women related issues towards providing sustainable solutions to the various forms of violence women undergo in Nigeria. The Symposium consisted of Panel Discussions, lectures and experience sharing. Among the key participants were representatives from Ministry of Women Affairs, the Wife of the Senate President, Country Representative of United Nations Women, Abuja Office Coordinator LEDAP and many others. The event took place at Transcorp Hilton Abuja, on December 7, 2018.
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
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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 for 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

Call for input
The UN Special Rapporteur calls for inputs 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 Friday 1 February 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
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
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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