Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 11 - December 2018

#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 how you create enemies; not how you defeat them.”

 Barack Obama

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS

Presidential Panel On SARS Reforms Begins Hearing In Imo.
In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, enumerated a litany of allegations levelled against SARS operatives across the country.

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Candidates to UN torture prevention body elected for 2019-2022 period.
Elected by the States Parties to the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture,  these five men and eight women come from 13 different countries and are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including in law, medicine or psychiatry.

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Madagascar: Strengthening the rights of persons in police custody.

Anyone in custody should be able to benefit from fundamental safeguards such as the right to a  lawyer,  the right to see a doctor, or the right to notify a relative of his or her arrest, so that he or she is not subject to ill-treatment or enforced disappearance.

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SARS reform Public Hearing ends in Lagos.

The Presidential Panel on SARS Reform, which began its public hearing in Lagos on Tuesday, 13 Nov, ended its sitting on Saturday 17 2018, after listening to 36 cases. 

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Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/11/sars-reform-public-hearing-ends-in-lagos/
reform public hearing ends in Lagos

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/11/sars-reform-public-hearing-ends-in-lagos/SAR

Rape: We'll ensure justice for Ochanya-Benue AG.
In an interview with Vanguard Newspaper, the Benue state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice , Mr Mike Gusa spoke on efforts by Benue state government to get justice for the late 13 year old rape serial victim, Ochanya Ogbaje.

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One dead,  as mourners clash with Police in Edo.
A mourner, Osakpamwan Agbons, was reportedly killed by a police officer during a clash between the police and some people escorting a corpse to a funeral venue in Benin, Edo State capital.

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Policeman kicks as Customs officers gun down wife in Lagos.
The family of Patience Oni has been thrown into mourning after she was allegedly killed by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service in the Badagry area of Lagos State.

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I killed my girlfriend for dating my brother – Suspect.
Sixteen-year-old Idrisu Muhammadu of Evutagi village in the Katcha Local Government Area of Niger State has been arrested for allegedly killing one Fatima Isah of the same address.

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Plateau man to die by hanging for beating mother to death 
A Plateau High Court sitting in Jos has sentenced a 24-year-old man, Godwin Banchir, to death by hanging for beating his 65-year-old mother to death.  

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Police arraign housewife for assaulting rival.
The police in Lagos have arraigned a 40-year-old housewife, Mrs Maryam Ogedengbe, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assaulting her rival, Mrs Kuburat Ogedengbe.  

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13 convicted for withdrawing girls from school.
The Niger State Government on Monday disclosed that it had secured no fewer than 13 convictions in its effort to stop the withdrawal of girls from school for early marriages.

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Gunmen kill 3, as Police rescue 4 kidnap victims in Rivers.
Unidentified gunmen on Monday 26, November 2018, killed three persons at Alakahia, Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.  

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Police nab suspected killers of youth corper in Abia.

Police operatives in Abia State have arrested three suspects for allegedly robbing, kidnapping and killing a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps identified as Nnadozie Ohanyerem in Umuahia. 

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Two human traffickers jailed 12 years for promoting prostitution
Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced two human traffickers to 12 years imprisonment for promoting prostitution.  

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Court orders police to pay widow N7.9m for killing her husband.
A Federal High Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Monday ordered the police to pay a sum of N7.9m to a widow, Mrs Queen Akarewan, for killing her husband, Christopher Akarewan.  

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Nigerian remanded in prison for raping 11-year-old Katsina girl.

A Nigerien national, Surajo Habibu, has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl, who went to a bush to fetch firewood.

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NSCDC nabs two for defiling nine-year-old girl in Nasarawa.

Two men have been taken into custody by the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl residing in Anguwan Gayam, Gidan Makera area of Lafia Local Government Area of the state.

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Gang rapes 13-year-old virgin while unconscious.

A 13-year-old rape victim is still suffering from the trauma she experienced after she was allegedly raped by a gang of four boys.

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Dealers beat family members over missing hemp in Ondo.
Some men suspected to be Indian hemp dealers at Ogbese in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State have allegedly beaten up a woman, identified as Mrs Martina Christopher, her father and brother to a pulp over the disappearance of bags of cannabis kept on the  victims’ farmland.  

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Outrage as policeman kills Bayelsa varsity student.
Residents of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, were thrown into mourning on Friday following the killing of a 20-year-old 300-level student of the Niger Delta University, Tariela Nikade, by a trigger-happy policeman.

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Police arrest Delta girl, 14, for stabbing dad to death.
An unidentified 14-year-old girl has been arrested by the police in Delta State for allegedly stabbing a man believed to be her father to death in the Cable Point area of the Asaba, the state capital.  

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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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Woman breaks son’s head for refusing to eat ‘fufu’.
One Mrs. Celestine, a mother of four, has injured her son, Tochukwu, for refusing to eat ‘fufu’ on Tuesday, at 18, Olu Irolu Street, off Adeshina Road, Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos.

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Exploits of slain Lagos cultist, Small Jpron.
In the Shomolu-Bariga area of Lagos, a certain Jpron bestrode, until penultimate Wednesday, the streets so imperiously that almost two weeks after he had been killed by members of the Aiye rivals, residents still walk about with trepidation. Aiye and Eye are the deadliest of cult gangs in Lagos State.

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We rape female victims who have no money – Robbery suspects.
Two suspected armed robbers have been apprehended in connection with a sexual assault on a 34-year-old woman in Gadan Eregi, Fulani Camp along the Bida Road, Niger State.

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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

Essence of Presidential Panel on SARS is to unravel truth — Ojukwu 
The Chairman of the President Panel on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), reform, Mr Tony Ojukwu, said that the essence of the panel was to ascertain the truth on the allegations of human rights violations by members of the Public.

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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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Reforming the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad.  
Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that the recent collaboration between the Nigeria Police and the German Foreign Office, which churned out 135 operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, is expected to reform the unit across board.

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A Painless Solution to Law Enforcement Misconduct By Tochukwu Chukwmerije 
Law enforcement misconduct refers to ill- appropriated conduct and or illegal actions taken by law enforcement agent(s)/officers in connection with their official duties. Law enforcement misconduct terms refer to a wide range of procedural, criminal and civil violations. Misconduct is the broadest category.

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How Policemen Should Behave During Elections – SAN 
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Dele Adesina, has advised men of the Nigeria Police Force against taking sides with politicians and political parties during elections, warning that such behaviour will erode public confidence in the police and undermine the integrity of the institution and its officers.

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LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
LEDAP trains Paralegals on Torture Prevention, Gathering of Evidence and Documentation of Torture in Lagos 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 and principles of documentation of torture. The training held from 20-21 November 2018 in Lagos state.
For updates on the training, follow us twitter, facebook, instagram
 
Update on LEDAP's Support to Victims of Torture in North East: In the matter of Sale Hamid HamdalV. Chief of Army Staff & 2 ORS.
The victim was arrested and detained on 10th November 2015 by men of the Nigerian Army on allegation of being a member of the dreaded Boko Haram Sect. Since his arrest and detention, he has not been brought before any court of justice for trial; and has been denied access to his family members and lwayer. The matter after hearing on 4th June 2018, has being adjourned to 8 November 2018 for judgement.. For more updates follow us on 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
OHCHR invites civil society to join the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for Human Rights Day celebrations to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Thursday 13 December 2018 from 10:00 to 12:30 at Palais des Nations Room XX, Geneva, Switzerland. Register Here
Meeting of UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
invites civil society and non-governmental organizations to a meeting during its next session holding on Wednesday 5 December 2018 from 15:00 to 17:00 at Palais des Nations Room XXI, Geneva, Switzerland. Register Here
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
Training of CSOs, Lawyers and Journalists on Torture Prevention Mechanisms in Lagos-LEDAP
The legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)and National Committee against Torure (NCaT) sets to train to lawyers lawyers, CSOs and Journalist on tortrure prevention mechanisms from 5-6 December, 2018 in Lagos . While the lawyers will be trained on prosecution of torture cases, the journalists and CSOs will be trained on gathering evidence and reporting torture cases to meet criteria for admissibility in courts. The training is in furtherance to the activities of the Anti-Torture Project which aims to reduce incidents of torture in Nigeria.
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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