Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 13 - December 2018

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

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

"Torture takes over someone's nervous system. Torture takes over what theyu feel. Torture takes over and penetrates into their mind and into thei body. it's not only illegal, it's immoral.”

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Man hacks lover to death in Enugu
The Police in Enugu State have started investigation into an incident involving one Chibuzor Okonkwo, who allegedly hacked his lover, Nkemakonam Onovo to death. Read More
Court sentences traditional ruler’s wife to death for killing husband
Justice Aisha Bashir of the Nasarawa State High Court II, sitting in Lafia, on Tuesday sentenced Amina, wife of late Adamu Zubairu to death by hanging for killing her husband. Read More
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Man kills four children, commits suicide in Rivers
Thirty-five-year-old Patrick Archibong, a resident of Alesa in the  Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, has committed suicide after killing his four children. Read More
Police torture good Samaritan for trying to free extortion victim
A rights activist, Sunday Oladipupo, has protested against his alleged detention, torture and arraignment by policemen at the Gbagada Police Division in Lagos for trying to free a victim of extortion, Samuel Oyekanmi, from the police net. Read More
We’ll deal with anyone attacking LASTMA officers, Lagos vows
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday vowed to henceforth deal ruthlessly with motorists or individuals caught attacking officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority. Read More
Court remands 16-year-old pupil who stabbed schoolmate to death
An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday, ordered the remand a of 16-year-old pupil, Kehinde Timilehin, who allegedly stabbed his schoolmate to death. Read More
LAUTECH undergraduate stabs boyfriend to death
The Oyo State Police Command, on Wednesday, paraded an undergraduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Abiodun Olabisi, for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend, Lekan Adegun, to death. Read More
Lekan Shonde standing trial for the murder of his wife begs court to reduce charge to manslaughter
Lekan is standing trial before the court for the alleged murder of his wife, Ronke whom he beat  to death at their home in the Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos State on May 5, 2016. Read More
Police arrest 51 protesting Judaism faithful in Abia
The Abia State Police Command on Tuesday halted a peaceful protest by some Judaism faithful in Umuahia and arrested 51 persons said to have been involved in the remonstrance. 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
Protest as police arraign Sowore’s supporters for destroying campaign posters
Six supporters of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, were on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly destroying the campaign posters of other political parties and candidates in Lagos State. Read More
Man allegedly assaults another, steals iPhone X
A 49-year-old man, Chidi Magnus, on Monday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly assaulting a man and stealing Apple iPhone X valued at N550,000. Read More
VIDEO: As Delta CP, Anthony Michael assumes duty, policemen strip man for refusing to offer bribe
Few days after the arrival of Anthony Ogbizi Michael, the new Commissioner of Police in Delta State, armed policemen were seen assaulting and stripping a man naked in a trending video. Read More
Tanker driver stabs Rivers’ mortuary owner to death
Tragedy struck on Friday in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State when a tanker driver stabbed a mortuary operator to death. 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
Man jailed seven years for trafficking teenager to Mali
A Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos State, has sentenced a 25-year-old man, Eric David, to seven years’ imprisonment for trafficking a Nigerian teenager to Mali for sexual exploitation. Read More
17-year-old pupil hacks colleague to death in Ekiti
A 17-year-old Senior Secondary School pupil of Ado Grammar School, Ado Ekiti, Kehinde Timilehin, reportedly hacked a fellow student, Favour Matthew, 16, to death on Thursday. Read More
Minors, six adults arrested over cultism
The police in Benue State on Friday charged two minors and six adults with criminal conspiracy, belonging to unlawful society and attempt to commit culpable homicide in a Makurdi Upper Area Court. Read More
Student committed suicide due to drug addiction, not project failure —UNILORIN
The Management of the University of Ilorin on Friday said that investigations by the institution, revealed that its student, late Mr. Adigun Emmanuel, committed suicide as an eventual culmination of drug addiction. Read More
Man recounts how a policeman shot an officer questioning him
A man identified as John Mike recounted how a police officer shot a driver for demanding why the police held a fellow driver along East West road, Rumugbe, Lagos State. Read More
Lecturer, 63, allegedly caught defiling girl, 6, in Bayelsa
Oyadonga, a 63-year-old lecturer was, yesterday 12 December 2018, handed over to the police for, allegedly, defiling a 6-year-old girl in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. 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 
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 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 submissions on "Experiences of domestic reparation programmes"
The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence will devote his next thematic report to identify practices and lessons learned in relation to domestic reparations programmes that could help States undergoing political transitions. In order to obtain a broad representation of views to inform the thematic report, he is seeking written contributions from all relevant actors through responses to a questionnaire.Deadline Tuesday 15 January 2019. Read More
Call for Funding
The UN Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for project, which can be submitted online in English or French. Deadline from Saturday 15 December 2018 to Tuesday 15 January 2019. Ream More
Call for written submissions
The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will carry out fact-finding visit to Belgium (4-11 February 2019) and seeks written information on the human rights situation of people of African descent in Belgium. Deadline Friday 18 January 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
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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