Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 19 March 2019

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

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

"Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. There is absolutely no excuse for torture under any guise #StopTorturein9ja”

James Anthony Froude

  • NEWS
Police Bow To Pressure, Charge Man For Raping Girl, 5
The Police at Zone 2 Onikan, Lagos, have finally bowed to pressure to prosecute a 23-year old, Ademeso Olasunkanmi, who allegedly defiled a 5-year old girl by penetrating her through her anus and private part in Lagos. Read More 
Soldiers wife brutalises her house help in Lagos
Efforts are being made to rescue a little housemaid who has been allegedly molested by her madam constantly at Iyana isashi, Ojo local government area of #Lagos whey they reside. Read More
Man rapes underage Down syndrome victim returning from church.
A 55-year-old man, Seyi Ajiboye, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl who is suffering from Down syndrome in Agbado, Ogun State. Read More
Abuja engineer nabbed for raping, impregnating 15-year-old housemaid
Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons have arrested a 51-year-old civil engineer, Oluwadare Adesanmi, for allegedly raping and impregnating his 15-year-old housemaid in the Dutse area of the Federal Capital Territory. Read More
Ogun landlord attacks neighbour, blinds him over security dues
A landlord, Olushina Dairo, has lost the use of his eyes as a result of an alleged attack by a fellow landlord, Sulaimon Badmus, over unpaid security dues in the Araromi/Mupin community, Iyana Iyesi area of Ogun State. Read More
Human Rights Violations Still High in Nigeria, Says Amnesty
Global human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has raised concern over the inability of the federal government to hold those involved in human rights violation accountable. Read More
Mechanic’s wife loses pregnancy after alleged assault by landlady, sons
The family of Sodiq Tijani, an automobile mechanic, is in a bad mood presently after his wife, Kehinde, lost her four-month-old pregnancy to an alleged assault by their landlady, Toyin Sulaimon aka Iya Sade, and her sons, Azeez and Baba Oja, in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State. Read More
Court sentences Lekan Shonde to death for killing wife
The Lagos State High Court on Friday sentenced Lekan Shonde to death by hanging for killing his wife, Ronke. Read More
Ondo NSCDC officials allegedly torture man to death
The deceased was allegedly having carnal knowledge of his own 12-year-old  daughter at Aule area of Akure, the Ondo State capital. Read More
Two pupils kill 15-year-old boy to avenge father’s action
Two pupils of an undisclosed secondary school in Iyana Iyesi, Ogun State, have been arrested for the murder of a 15-year-old boy, Kehinde Adebiyi. Read More
Family kicks as man dies in Ondo NSCDC custody
The family of one Razak Ahmed, on Tuesday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State to order an investigation into the alleged killing of their son in the custody of the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Read More
Kidnapper threatens policeman for rescuing naval officer, others
An unidentified kidnap kingpin has reportedly threatened to attack the location of the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State if security operatives in the area continued to mount pressure on him to release 15 passengers abducted by his men. Read More
Lagos resident beats up sergeant to evade arrest
A policeman attached to the Alagbado Police Division, Lagos State, Sergeant Muideen Ayinde, got more than he bargained for recently when a resident of the area, Henri Emordi, reportedly beat him up. Read More
Security guard remanded in prison over alleged murder
A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Oke-Eda, Akure, the Ondo State capital, has ordered the remand of a security man, Jimoh Abdullahi, in prison custody over alleged killing of one Oreoluwa Kayode. Read More
Man, 55, Arrested For Putting Finger Into Girl, 7, Private Part
A 55 year old man, Ngozi Igwe, has been arrested in Lagos for sexually molesting a 7-year old girl by allegedly inserting his finger into her private part severally. Read More
Man, 38, Rapes Teenage Daughter
A 38-year old man, Kingsley Chukwueke Ashiedu, has been arrested in Lagos for allegedly engaging his 17-year old daughter in sex romp. Read More
Lady Docked For Sexually Assaulting Girl, 12
A lady, one Nwakaego Ugochukwu, has landed in trouble in Lagos after she allegedly assaulted a 12-year old girl by inserting her finger into her private part in order to derive sexual satisfaction. Read More
Senator-elect stripped naked for allegedly attempting to sleep with politician’s wife

In a viral video, Akwashiki, who emerged senator-elect for the Nasarawa North Senatorial District, was seen tied with a rope by the gang.There was blood in his mouth as he protested weakly while his assailants pummelled him. 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
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 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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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.

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the largest international coalition of nongovernmental organisations fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances and all other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, is currently seeking to recruit an INTERN for its Committee against Torture related activities. Location: International Secretariat of the OMCT, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dates and duration: The starting date of the internship would be 18 March 2019 for a minimum of 3 months.

Application dateline: 18 February 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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