Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 21 April 2019

#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.

"Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions. Everything you have heard told, everything you have read returns to your mind, as if  you were being transported not toward heaven, but toward hell. #StopTorturein9ja”

Umberto Eco

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Policemen dragged my husband on the ground till he died – NSCDC officer’s widow
Ada, the wife of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps officer, Ogah Jumbo, who was allegedly beaten to death by two traffic wardens in Nyanya, Abuja, on Wednesday, has said the deceased was dragged on the ground till he died. Read More
Policeman arrested for allegedly raping woman at ATM point
A policeman who allegedly raped a woman at an Automated Teller Machine point at night in a bank in Awka, the Anambra State capital, has been arrested. Read More
Policemen assault a taxi driver for rejecting a bad N50 note in Rivers State.
A taxi driver was yesterday assaulted at Artillary junction, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for rejecting the bad Naira note given to him by a policeman. Read More
Man battles for life after he was brutalized by SARS officers in Lagos
An instagram user @Egwakhentook to his page to narrate how some SARS officers assaulted and brutalized young men in his area Igando, Lagos, on 27 March 2019. Read More
FRSC Officer brutalizes wife for not having a male child and not remitting her salary
Dean Otu, an Instagram user took to his page to condemn the alleged brutalization of a female FRSC officer by her husband who is also an officer of the commission. Read More
Police to arraign three for stripping woman naked, posting video online in Anambra
The Anambra State police command is currently investigating a case of conspiracy, blackmail, deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning harm involving three suspects, believed to have lured their unsuspecting victim, one Ogochukwu of Osile village, Enugwu-ukwu in Njikoka local government area of the state, before subjecting her to severe beating after stripping her naked. Read More
Woman strips husband’s Facebook friend naked in Anambra State
A woman, Tochukwu Azota, has attacked and stripped her husband’s Facebook female friend naked in Amawbia, near Awka, Anambra State. Read More
Plateau woman demands justice for siblings molested by neighbour
A concerned resident of Gut village in the Rayfield area of the Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Jemimah Bayei, has called on the police in the state to ensure that one James Otuneruke, who allegedly molested two sisters, does not escape justice. Read More
Man allegedly attempts to rape seven-year-old girl
A 29-year-old man, Garba Yakubu, who allegedly attempted to rape a seven-year-old girl in a kitchen, has been apprehended by the Niger State Police Command. Read More
Ondo court sentences man to death for killing girlfriend
An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has sentenced one Chukwudi Onweniwe to death by hanging for killing his girlfriend, Nifemi Adeyeoye. Read More
Vigilante allegedly shoots Ogun resident dead at night
The family of the late Lekan Akinde has been thrown into mourning after he was allegedly shot dead by a vigilante, identified simply as Solomon. Read More
Lesson teacher defiles 13-year-old pupil, says victim seduced him
The police in Lagos have arrested a 30-year-old teacher, Charles Munroe, for allegedly defiling a Senior Secondary School one pupil he was giving extramural education. Read More
Command to charge sergeant with murder of schoolgirl
The Lagos State Police Command has implicated one Sergeant Mudi Emmanuel in the murder of a Senior Secondary School one pupil, Adijat Shakiru, who was shot on Monday at Adamo, Ikorodu area of the state. Read More
Assaulted girl, 15, rescued from being raped by the man who offered her help 
A 15-year-old girl has been rescued from being raped by a man who offered to help her reunite with her mom after she fled from the house of her abusive sister in Egbeda, Lagos. Read More
2 varsity dropouts allegedly drugged, raped 24-year-old woman
Two dropouts of Babcock University accused of drugging and raping a 24-year-old woman have been remanded in prison custody pending ruling on their bail applications. Read More
Man, 33, remanded for allegedly defiling minor
A family court sitting in Benin, on Wednesday, ordered the remand of 33-year-old Isaac Ugbogun for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl. Read More
Man narrates his experience with a Police Officer because of 100 Naira in Owerri.
Mc Taproot has taken to his Instagram page to narrate his ordeals with a police officer when a driver refused to give 100 Naira as demanded by the police. Read More
Young man sentenced to death in Ondo for raping, killing his student-girlfriend
A High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo state, has sentenced Chukwudi Onweniwe to death by hanging for killing his girlfriend, Nifemi Adeyeoye, an HND student of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo. Read More
18 year old girl strangled and raped to death in Enugu
An 18-year-old girl, Ngozi Eze, has been raped to death by unknown persons in Enugu Ezike, Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State. Read More
150 children stranded as FCTA demolishes Kubwa Church, orphanage, school
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has demolished the Divine Words of Jesus Christ Church, including a school and orphanage in Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, despite a pending suit before a Federal Capital Territory High Court. 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
Police to probe death of six-month-old baby in Abuja school
The Nigeria Police Force, on Thursday, expressed its readiness to probe the alleged plot by one of its men, identified simply as Arome, to cover up the death of a six-month-old baby girl, Michelle Onoja. Read More
OPINIONS
Torture is a lucrative business for the Nigerian police – Amnesty International
A recent report by Amnesty International (AI) details a pattern of “ruthless human rights violations” by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force. Read More
Human Rights, Crimes against Humanity & the Nigerian Legal Framework
According to Articles 3 & 4 of the UN Charter, the UN is to encourage “respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and to be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends”. Read More
Child Prostitution, Sodomy, Forced Abortions… It’s Hell Inside Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison
Inside the confines of the Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison in Borno State is a booming array of illegal activities that tether on the dangerous brink of life and death. Read More
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
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
INVITATION TO ONE DAY STAKEHOLDERS’ ROUNDTABLE DIALOGUE ON TORTURE PREVENTION STRATEGIES
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project invites you to a one day round table of selected key actors on developing strategies for effective prevention of torture and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. The event will be holding on Monday, 8th April 2019, at Conference Room, Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja. Read More
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
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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