Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 22 April 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.

"Torture is senseless violence, born in fear..... We would almost be too lucky if these crimes were the work of savages: the truth is that torture makes torturers. #StopTorturein9ja”
Jean-Paul Sarte

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Police kill Okada rider over N200 bribe in Lagos
Some trigger-happy police officers yesterday shot a man dead in Kilo, Surulere area of Lagos State, bringing to three the number of reported extra-judicial killings in the state this month. Earlier in March, a policeman had shot a bus driver dead in Mosan, Ayobo area of Lagos for refusing to part with money. And two weeks after, a teenager was killed by a stray bullet in a shootout between policemen and some cultists in Ikorodu. Read More
Kolade Johnson: Lagos Police arrest killer cops
The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it has arrested the police officers who shot and killed a young man, Kolade Johnson while watching football at Onipetesi, Mangoro area of Agege, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. Read More
Kolade’s killing: Command recommends inspector’s dismissal
The Lagos State Police Command has recommended for dismissal  Inspector Olalekan Ogunyemi from the Nigeria Police Force after an orderly-room trial found him guilty of unlawfully killing a football fan, Kolade Johnson, on Sunday. Read More
Tension in A’Ibom as policemen allegedly club NURTW chief to death
Fear of reprisal attack has enveloped Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, following the murder of Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Ubong Udo Udofia, allegedly by “angry policemen.” Read More
End SARS: Amnesty International speaks on brutalisation of Nigerians, calls on Osinbajo
Amnesty International has called on Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to intervene in the alleged brutalization of Nigerians by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Reports emerged over the weekend that men alleged to be SARS officials shot dead a man identified as Kolade Johnson. Read More
Policeman attacked by scavenger dies in Kwara
A policeman attached to Omu-Aran Police Division in Kwara State, who was attacked by a suspected mentally unstable man, is dead,  the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Read More
Kolade: Command begins orderly-room trial of killer cops
The Lagos State Police Command has commenced the orderly-room trial of two of its personnel involved in the killing of a football fan, Kolade Johnson, in the Onipetesi area of the state. Read More
Man watching football shot dead by SARS in Lagos
Tragedy struck on Olu Aboderin Street, Onipetesi area of Lagos State, on Sunday as Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives of the Lagos State Police Command allegedly shot dead an unidentified young man. Read More
Nigerians condemn alleged FSARS murder of Kolade Johnson
Nigerians have taken to the social media to condemn the alleged murder of a young man who has been identified as Kolade Johnson. Read More
Motorcyclist remanded in prison for allegedly beating man to death
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Monday remanded a motorcyclist, Ibrahim Awwal, in prison for allegedly beating a man to death. Read More
Kolade Johnson: Osinbajo’s reforms not working, Amnesty International slams SARS
Amnesty International has lambasted the Special Anti-Robbery Squad which was accused of killing Kolade Johnson, who was shot dead while watching a Premier League match on Olu Aboderin Street, Lagos, on Sunday. Read More
Bricklayer rapes nine-year-old wife’s sister in Osun
A 35-year-old bricklayer, Friday Kanu, has been arrested by the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for allegedly having carnal knowledge of a minor. Read More
Boy arrested for raping housewife heading to vigil
A 21-year-old boy has been arrested for assaulting and raping a 35-year-old housewife while on her way to a church for all night in Lagos. Read More
Nigerians join online protests to denounce police killing
The protesters called on the government to end police brutality, after several years of complaints, with Amnesty International calling the latest death an ‘unlawful killing’. LAGOS – Tens of thousands of Nigerians came together online on Monday to condemn the police after a young man was shot dead as he watched a football match. Read More
Lagos residents protest alleged Police killing of young man
Some residents of Mangoro/Onipetesi community in Lagos State on Sunday blocked the Oshodi/Abeokuta Expressway in protest against the alleged killing of a young man in the area. Read More
Spiritualists force teenager to swallow metal cross for cleansing
Two spiritualists have been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly forcing a 16-year-old housemaid to swallow a cross made of metal for spiritual cleansing. Read More
One of Kolade Johnson’s suspected killers once arrested my friend because of his hairstyle, man claims
Sequel to the release of the identities of two men suspected to have shot dead a Lagos youth, Kolade Johnson, some Nigerians have alleged that it was not the first time that one of the suspects would be involved in unethical behaviour towards members of the public. Read More
Newborn Nigerian baby dies during home circumcision in Italy
A newly-born baby from a family of Nigerian migrants in Italy has died following a botched home circumcision, the second such incident in little over a week, news reports said on Wednesday. Read More
Man allegedly slaughters 17-year-old wife in Kano
The Police Command in Kano State has arrested a 26-year-old man, Aminu Inuwa, of Jakada Quarters Kano, for allegedly slaughtering his 17-year-old wife, Safara’u Aminu to death. Read More
Driver allegedly molests four-year-old pupil at UNILAG Women Society School
The Lagos State Police Command has commenced investigation into the alleged molestation of a four-year-old pupil of the University of Lagos Women Society Nursery and Primary School, Akoka, Lagos. Read More
Man molests six-year-old girl in Ebonyi
A 21-year-old man, identified as Uchechukwu Obura, has been arrested for allegedly molesting a six-year-old girl. Read More
A Danfo driver almost strips bribe-seeking policeman naked during a fight
In Oshodi, Lagos A Danfo driver almost strips bribe-seeking policeman naked during a fight, today 4 April 2019. Read More
Underage orphan assaulted by a pedophile after being kicked out by her uncle who sold her child in Abuja.
A girl of 17, Samson Ochanya was rescued from a pedophile who assaulted and injured her right eye because she refused to give in to his amorous demand. Read More
OPINIONS
Statement of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) - Item 2:
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-Genera. Read More
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
Domesticate Kampala Convention On IDPs To Curb Abuse, Norwegian Refugee Council Tells Nigerian Govt
“There is a need to focus proactively on local integration of IDPs. At the same time, resources and capacity of local host communities are overstretched; economic and commercial activities cannot sustain the current influx of people. This might lead to more crime and insecurity.” 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
LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
LEDAP holds Stakeholders Roundtable  Dialogue on Torture Prevention Strategies
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCaT) held a one-day round table of selected key actors on developing strategies for effective prevention of torture and sexual and gender based violence in Nigeria.
The stakehoders roundtable Dialogue is part of the activities for LEDAP's UNDEF funded project titled "Community Mobilization against Torture in Nigeria". The project aims at reducing torture incidences by improving the capacity of the civil society organizations and victims to demand for accountability in the pilot states of Lagos, Adamawa and Yobe.

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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
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: OMCT Digital Communications and Campaign Officer (Brussels or Geneva)

The digital communications and campaign officer will develop and implement, with the OMCT network team and regional teams, advocacy and campaigns for the OMCT and the SOS-Torture Network.

He/she will work under the supervision of the communications advisor, in close partnership with the coordinator of the SOS-Torture Network and with all thematic and regional programmes at the OMCT and its offices in Geneva, Tunis and Brussels. Deadline 8 April 2019. 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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