Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 23 May 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 advocate of torture , would wish to see the strongest hand joined to the basest heart and the weakest  head. Engeandered in intellectual  and carried on in artificial darkness, torture is a trial, not of guilt, but of nerve, not of innocence, but of endurance: it perverts the whole order of things, for it compels the weak, to affirm that which is false, and determines the strong, to deny that which is true: it converts criminals into evidence, the judge to executioner, and makes direr punishment than would follow guilt, precede it.#StopTorturein9ja”
Charles Caleb Colton
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Women arrested by FCTA in Caramelo, others Abuja clubs were raped – Amnesty, 71 groups allege
Seventy-two women’s organizations, activists, scholars, civil society and human rights organisations in Nigeria, on Tuesday, strongly condemned recent raids, alleged assault and sexual harassment of over 100 women in Abuja. Read More
Protests in Adamawa as police allegedly torture vigilante to death
A vigilante group in Yola, Adamawa State capital, under the auspices of an hunters association on Tuesday stormed the famous Mubi roundabout and other major roads over the alleged killing of one of their members by the police. Read More
Group protests as police detain nursing mother, 9-month-old baby in Osun
A civil society organisation, Women Arise for Change Initiative, has protested against the illegal detention of a nursing mother, Mrs. Rofiat Oladepo and her nine-month old son in lieu of her husband by the Zone 11 of the Nigeria Police Force. Read More
Navy ordered to produce hotelier after three months’ detention
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Navy to produce the Chairman of Peace and Love International Hotel, Saibu Ogunmola, who has been in naval custody for over three months. Read More
Girl dies, man injured in another police shooting at Ajegunle Lagos

A 20-year-old lady and a young man have been shot in Ajegunle area of Lagos.Police identified the girl as 20-year-old Ada Ifeanyi, and her beau as 32-year-old Emmanuel Akomafuwa. Read More

Outrage as policeman beats up student, smashes his iPhone
A police sergeant attached to the Police Mobile Force has been caught on video beating up a student of Delta State University for owning a N200,000 Apple iPhone. Read More
Lagos policewoman assaults pregnant woman, allegedly rips off own uniform as alibi
A Police officer identified as Omolara Sunday was reportedly caught on video assaulting a pregnant woman in Ipaja area of Lagos State. Read More
Policeman allegedly defiles wife’s 13-year-old apprentice in Ogun
After being detained for two days, a policeman in Ogun State, who was accused of defiling his wife’s apprentice, has been released. Read More
Ebola’ allegedly beats woman into coma
A traditional boxer, Abdur-Rasaq, popularly called ‘Ebola’ on Wednesday appeared in a Chief Magistrates’ Court I, sitting at Chediya, GRA Zaria, Kaduna State, for allegedly beating up a woman till she fell into a coma. Read More
Police arrest five, declare Inspector Dania Ojo wanted for killing girl, injuring man at Ajegunle Lagos
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested five Police officers and declared an Inspector, Dania Ojo, wanted, for allegedly shooting dead a girl, Ada Ifeanyi, in the Apapa area of Lagos State. Read More

Lawyer sues Ondo NSCDC over suspect’s death in custody
An Akure-based legal practitioner, Mr Morakinyo Ogele, has dragged the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to court over the death of a suspect, Razak Ahmed, in the custody of the Ondo State Command of the corps. Read More
Cab driver allegedly strips female passenger naked
An Abuja-based taxi driver, Chinedu Ukabu, on Friday appeared at a Karmo Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly stripping and assaulting a female passenger in public. 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
Man in trouble for attempting to murder wife
Police operatives from the Zonal Intervention Squad, Ladegboye Police Station, Ikorodu, Lagos, have arrested a 42-year-old man, Ikenna Echedowo, for allegedly attempting to murder his wife, Felicia, with a machete. Read More
Man sets neighbour’s house on fire for rejecting his sexual advances
Three traders, Fatimoh, 47, Mutiat, 32 and Dupe, 41, who allegedly assaulted two policemen, while on duty, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State. Read More
Command nabs man for allegedly raping niece in Katsina
The police in Katsina State have arrested one Abubakar Lado, 25, of Badole Quarter in the Dandume Local Government Area of the state for allegedly raping his eight-year-old niece. Read More
Mother of 20-year-old killed by police cries out for justice
The family of Ada Ifeanyi, who was allegedly shot dead by some police officers attached to the Trinity Police Station on Akpiri Street, Olodi Apapa, Lagos, has demanded justice for her death. Read More
Police arrest man for defiling minor
The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 20-year-old man, Sagir Umar, for allegedly defiling a four-year-old girl. Read More
Brutalised PUNCHman: LASTMA withdraws power-drunk officials from duty, invites victim
The management of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has initiated a disciplinary procedure against the five traffic officials involved in the alleged attack on a PUNCHman, Emmanuel Aigbodeja, in the Maryland area of Lagos. Read More
Nigerian man killed after being wrongly accused of kidnapping in South Africa
A 34-year-old Nigerian, Nkennaya, has been killed while another Nigerian, Nwudo is in critical condition in a South African hospital following a mob attack. Read More
My baby didn’t eat throughout the day her father was murdered – Wife of Ekiti man stabbed to death by Air Force official
Felicia Salami and her husband, Lateef Salami were epitome of an ideal couple. With their three kids of between two and eight years old, they lived happily together in the city of Ekiti State, exuding modesty, love and peace. Read More
Hemp dealer to die by hanging for killing policeman
An Anambra State High Court has sentenced an Indian hemp dealer, Chukwuebuka Nneji-Olona, to death by hanging for killing a policeman, Corporal Oluwadaini Temidayo. Read More
Driver allegedly strangles ex-employer’s wife to death
A 37-year-old driver who allegedly murdered the wife of his former employer was on Friday paraded in Ibadan by the Police. 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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AmplifyChange and Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) set to increase Human Rights Awareness among girls in North-East Nigeria.

In a statement released by LEDAP today, the project is targeting girls in primary and secondary schools in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.LEDAP stated that the motivation behind the project, is to combat the high level of Gender Based Abuse against women in the region caused by low awareness of Women’s Human Rights in the society. Read More

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
66th Session - CAT - Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
OHCHR invites Civil Society Organisations, Human rights activities, Institutes, and government agencies to its 66th Session on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Deadline for registration is 17th May 2019. Click here to register
Strengthening procedural safeguards in Madagascar
The APT continues its 3-year project with the Ministry of Internal Security to strengthen procedural safeguards in the first hours of police custody. Holding from 6-10 May, 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
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
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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