Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 14 - January 2019

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

Hello,
Legal Defence and Assistance Project wishes you a prosperous new year and welcomes you to our Torture Alert edition for 2019 .

"Torture as the art of discovering the truth, is a barbaric nonsense: it is the application of a material means to a spiritual end.”

Charles

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Police man allegedly shot two drivers over refusal to give bribe in Lokoja. 
A police inspector identified as Mohammed Usman on Tuesday allegedly shot and wounded two drivers in Lokoja, Kogi State over alleged refusal to give bribe.  Read More
Man allegedly assaults wife for demanding money for family upkeep  
A 33-year-old man, Jones Okweshine, charged with beating his wife, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.  Read More
Man in court for allegedly assaulting hotel manager 
A 21-year-old man, Samuel Wills, alleged to be a member of a secret cult, was on Monday, 7 January, 2019, brought before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for stabbing a hotel manager on the head with a broken bottle.  Read More
How neighbour raped, impregnated my 12-year-old daughter –Mother 
A 33-year-old woman, identified as Mrs. Ijeoma, yesterday narrated how a businessman and neighbour, Mr. Nwanne Nwaora (40), raped and impregnated her 12-year-old daughter (name withheld).  Read More
Katsina man lands in prison for raping neighbour’s wife 
A 25-year-old man, Imrana Haruna, has been remanded in the Katsina Prison for allegedly raping his neighbour’s wife.  Read More
Bus driver arrested for alleged rape of 78-year-old woman 
The commissioner of police in the state, Mr Imohimin Edgal, confirmed the arrest of a 41-year-old commercial bus driver for allegedly raping a 78-year-old woman while briefing newsmen on the successes recorded by the command in the last one month.  Read More
CCTV footage exposes policemen who raided Lagos night club
The management of Lakers County, a popular night club in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, is seeking redress over an attack by men of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, who allegedly invaded its premises on Sunday and seized from its customers and workers valuables worth several millions of naira. Read More
Lady stabs woman who accused her of affair with her husband
A lady, identified as Nneka, is currently on the run after allegedly stabbing a woman who accused her of having an affair with her husband. Read More
Corps member arraigned for allegedly killing roadside hawker
A serving Corp member, Odedele Feranmi, on Wednesday was arraigned before an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court for reckless driving and alleged killing of one Pelumi Olasunkanmi. Read More
Club raid: Lagos command arrests 13 cops for unprofessional conduct
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 13 out of the 19 police operatives, who raided the Lakers County night club in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State on Sunday, for unprofessional conduct. Read More
Lagos pastor defiles church member’s twin daughters
The Assistant Pastor of the Anointed Chosen Vessel Ministry, Okota, Lagos, Mike Oliseh, has been detained at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, for allegedly defiling the 12-year-old twin daughters of a church member and close friend. Read More
Man stabs Ikeja Electric’s technician over disconnection
A 22-year-old man, Oluwadamilare Temenu, has reportedly stabbed a technician with the Ikeja Electric, Oluwaseyi Amao, for disconnecting power supply to his residence at No. 13 Adesanya Street, in the Mafoluku area of Oshodi, Lagos State. Read More
Army Releases Daily Trust Regional Editor 48 Hours After Arrest
The Regional Editor of Daily Trust newspaper, Uthman Abubakar who was arrested on Sunday, January 6, 2019, when soldiers stormed the paper’s office in Borno state has finally been released by the Nigerian army. Read More
Man stabbed to death in Rivers for pasting campaign posters
A young man in his late 20s, identified as Chimezie Dike, was on Saturday stabbed to death during a fight with one Henry Ekeozor over the pasting of campaign posters on the wall of a building. Read More
Pregnant Woman Loses Pregnancy After Brutal Attack By Neighbour's Son
A woman identified as Mrs Nkiru Peter, has reportedly lost her pregnancy after one of her neighbours’ sons, ThankGod, allegedly gave her a headbutt during an argument. Read More
Nigerian Man Confesses To Killing Of His Girlfriend In London
A man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 17-year-old Katrina Makunova in Camberwell, South London. Oluwaseyi Dada, 21 pleaded guilty to manslaughter today (09.01.19) on the first day of his trial at the Old Bailey. Read More
Families of drivers murdered by policemen petition Osinbajo
The families of two drivers, who were allegedly murdered by the police in Lagos State, have sent a petition to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, accusing the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation of perverting the course of justice. Read More
Cops demand N300,000 bribe from artiste, friends in Lagos
A Lagos-based artiste, Jubril Adebiyi, and two of his friends, who narrowly escaped from two bribe-seeking policemen, have pleaded with the Lagos State Police Command to help fish out the officers, who allegedly seized their phones. Read More
Applicant lands in prison for killing neighbour during argument
A 27-year-old applicant, Ibrahim Bindiga, alias Tsallen Tunkiya, of the Filin Samji Quarters, Katsina, has been remanded in the Katsina Prison for culpable homicide by a Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court. Read More
I was under my enemies’ spell –Cleric who raped girl, five
Abdulsalam Salaudeen, a 43-year-old Islamic cleric in Igando, Lagos State, who was arrested for allegedly raping his five-year-old Arabic schoolgirl, has owned up to committing the crime. Read More
Kaduna man allegedly beats neighbour’s wife to a pulp
A 35-year-old man, Gabriel Elijah, was on Thursday arraigned before a Barnawa Customary Court, Kaduna, for allegedly beating his neighbour’s wife to a pulp. Read More
Photos Of The Policeman That Slapped & Beat Viktoh To Pulp In Lagos
Igbere TV has obtained photos of the policeman that punched popular Nigerian Musician and former YBNL signee, Viktoh yesterday night, January 2, 2018 in Lagos; as the victims is said to be battling to regain the functionality of his sight after the encounter. 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
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 ommissioned 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'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
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
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 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). 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
Meeting of UN Human Rights Council inter-sessional
The UN Human Rights Council inter-sessional meeting on "Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" (HRC resolution 37/24) holds on Wednesday 16 January 2019 at Palais des Nations Room XX, Geneva, Switzerland. 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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