Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 20 March 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.

"The one thing we know about torture is that it was never designed in the first plce to get at the actual truth of anything; it was designed in the darkest day of human history to prouduce false confessions in order dissidents. And that is how it always works: it gets confessions regardless of their accuracy. #StopTorturein9ja”

Andrew Sullivan

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Teenager loses sight in Oyo after alleged SARS torture
Two years after being allegedly tortured by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad personnel in Saki, Oyo State, an 18-year-old hotel attendant, Samuel Ogundeji, has lost his sight. Read More
Tension as trigger-happy cop shoots teenager dead in Lagos
A trigger-happy policeman, who was said to be intoxicated while on duty, allegedly shot dead a teenager, Hadijat Sikiru, in the Adamo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Monday. Read More
NSCDC officer shot dead by a policeman in the presence of his family
An officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was on Tuesday shot dead by an unidentified police officer in Nyanya, Abuja. Read More
We’ll probe FSARS killing of PDP agent in Rivers, says Wike
The RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said on Saturday that the state government would inaugurate a panel to ensure that the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad personnel, who killed Dr. Ferry Gberegbe, a PDP agent in Khana Local Government Area of the state, was brought to justice. Read More
Man accuses police of turning assault case against him
A man, Gabriel Ilori, has accused the police of taking sides with his landlady’s son, Lanre Aliu, who allegedly assaulted him over unpaid rent in the Palmgrove area of Lagos State. Read More
Policemen, drivers clash in Lagos, one killed, 10 buses vandalised
One person was shot dead and many injured in Lagos on Wednesday as commercial drivers and policemen attached to the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit clashed in the Mile 12 area. Read More
Kano NBA demands apology over alleged police molestation of members 
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Kano State Branch has given the state police command 48 hours to tender public apology to the association for allegedly attacking and maltreating its members while on their lawful duties. Read More
Man kills wife’s suspected lover in Ogun
A 25-year-old man, Ajibade Olumuyiwa, has reportedly killed his wife’s suspected lover, Olakiitan Balogun, after catching him on their matrimonial bed with his wife. Read More
Teacher flogs 1-yr-old boy in Lagos
A 1-year- old student of Solid Foundation School has been left brutalized after being flogged by his teacher in Lagos. Read More
Mob attempt to lynch a man who stole maggi and salt in Bayelsa
A thief would probably be thanking his stars after escaping death at the hands of an angry mob over alleged theft of foodstuff in Bayelsa state. Read More
Kidnapper nabbed after throwing student off a bridge
A young schoolgirl, today, narrowly escaped death and being abducted as her suspected abductor flung her off a bridge near Kado, Abuja. Read More
Female student robbed, stabbed weeks to exam
The students of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE) in Delta State have accused the management of not doing enough to ensure their safety, despite the incessant robberies going on in the school. Read More
Man beats wife to death for disrespect
The Niger State Police Command has apprehended 30-year-old Umar Tambari for allegedly beating his wife, Hauwa, to death for alleged acts of disrespect. Read More
Comedian accuses Lagos prince of assault
A comedian on Instagram, Babatunde Ogunleye, popularly known as Oluwadolarz, has accused one Prince Shola Oniru of allegedly assaulting him for parking behind his car. Read More
UNILAG gang rape: Change of counsel stalls trial
The trial of some undergraduates of the University of Lagos, who were accused of gang-raping a fellow student of the institution, was on Monday stalled due to a change of counsel. Read More
Drunk guards attack worshippers going to mosque
Some people going for early morning prayers in a mosque around the Halleluyah Estate in the Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State, on Wednesday, were attacked by some security guards working in the area. Read More
Woman’s hand cut off as she tries to save son from attacker
Tragedy struck in Omu-Aran, Kwara State, on Saturday when a middle-aged bricklayer, simply identified as Lukman, allegedly attacked and cut off the hand of a 60-year-old woman, Muibat Abifarin, with a cutlass. Read More
Soldier flogs a mentally unstable man assaulting people in Lagos
In an online video posted by Instablog9ja, a soldier was flogging a mentally unstable man for assaulting passerby at Unity Estate, Egbeda, Lagos on 20 March, 2019. Read More
Man threatens his cousin’s girlfriend with a knife, rapes her 3 times
A middle-aged man has been apprehended after forcefully having the carnal knowledge of his cousin’s girlfriend in Osubi, Delta State. Read More
OPINIONS
Minorities and indigenous people
Minorities (understood as national or ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic minorities) and indigenous peoples are two different groups. Read More
Do we still need a Law Court?
It is worthy to note that every public official in Nigeria, from the President down to local government councillors, took the oath of allegiance to obey the rule of law, protect the citizens and uphold the constitution of Nigeria. Such that they can only approve the elimination of life by the pronouncement of a competent court of jurisdiction under a democratic setting. Read More
A protest, not a war: A lesson from the European Convention on Human Rights.
Protests are often a means, a vehicle for citizens to make themselves heard. Therefore, the ability to protest peacefully (without violence) is essential for upholding democracy and ensuring the participation of citizens in political governance. Therefore, it is important to educate the youths in Nigeria on how to protest because protesting is not fighting or a war. Read More
Rape: Police, courts frustrating us, says rights group
A non-governmental organisation, Project Alert on Violence Against Women, has said the police and the courts are frustrating attempts at getting justice for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Read More
Nigeria should eradicate FGM
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2019 marked recently provided yet another opportunity to reaffirm Nigeria’s dubious reputation for misery. Read More
Who is a human rights activist?
A human rights activist has always been of loose connotation in Nigeria. This concept is particularly of relative connotation to different sections of the Nigerian society as noted, the word has been used too loosely, that its true efficacy has become lost in translation. Read More
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
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 lawyers,representatives of human rights CSOs and journalists on torture prevention strategies, principles of evidence-based documentation, reporting and posecution of torture and SGBV cases. The training held from 13-14 March 2019 in Yola, Adamawa state.
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019: LEDAP URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO THINK EQUAL AND PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY IN NIGERIA.
As the world commemorates International Women’s Day, which celebrates the achievements of women in all spheres of life, Legal Defence and Assistance Project- LEDAP uses this opportunity to urge the Federal Government to enshrine gender equality in its policies for sustainable peace and development. Read More
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 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS/ OPPORTUNITIES
Fully Funded UN OHCHR Fellowship
Fully funded UN OHCHR Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent is open for application from eligible applicants. The Fellowship programme for people of African descent is a three-week intensive learning opportunity for people of African descent from the diaspora, who are engaged in promoting the rights of people of African descent. The programme takes place once a year at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Dateline for Application 30 April 2019. Read More
Fully Funded Scholarship in Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa
The LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) is a prestigious one-year intensive course where 25-30 exceptional individuals spend six months in Pretoria and six months at one of the 12 partner universities all over Africa. Application Deadline 30 June 2019. Read More
The North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship - NEIEF
North East Regional Initiative and the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (NERI/USAIDOTI) welcomes applications for its NORTH EAST YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2019. Read More
UN OHCHR Vacancy for the post of National Human Rights Officer in Benue
In Nigeria’s Middle Belt, violence between nomadic herdsmen and sedentary farming communities has increased in recent years resulting in over 2,500 fatalities in 2016 -more than the total killed in Boko Haram hostilities during the same year. Read More
Nominations Open for 2019 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Nominations are open for the fifth edition of the UNESCO- Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 2019 which is funded by the Government of Japan. Deadline 30 April 2019. Read More
Call for Nominations for 2019 WANGO Awards! Honouring Non-Governmental Organizations throughout the World
The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is seeking nominations for WANGO Awards Program to honor non-governmental organizations from throughout the world that demonstrate extraordinary effort, innovation, leadership, and excellence in providing service to humanity. Deadline 15 July 2019. Read More

Invitation to Modernising Criminal Justice Conference
The conference tagged " Towards a Justice System for the Digital Age" will be taking place on 11th June 2019 at the QEII London, Modernising Criminal Justice will bring together 500+ Policy Leaders, Justice Professionals and Government Officials to share their insights and strategies for driving transformation in criminal justice forward. 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 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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