Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 24 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
Police hunt soldiers for torturing Lekki lady on Romanian’s orders
The Lagos State Police Command has begun investigation into the alleged torture of a woman, identified only as Ogheneruno, by soldiers in the Lekki area of the state. Read More
Police probe assault on resident who abused Wizkid
The Lagos State Police Command said it had commenced investigation into the alleged assault of a music fan, identified only as Shoki, in Shitta community, in the Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State. Read More
Residents lament military harassment as soldier, naval rating clash
Residents of Amusu and Matimum areas of Apapa, Lagos State, have lamented alleged harassment and intimidation of people in the area by some military men. Read More
FCT police arrest eight for stabbing lady to death
The police in Abuja have arrested eight persons for alleged involvement in the killing of a lady, Esther Okah, on May 5 in Karimo, a suburb of the city. Read More
Suspected hemp smoker beats up policeman
A man, Jamiu Ibrahim, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assaulting a policeman. Read More
FSARS arrests nursing mother, demands for birth certificate
A twitter user has taken to his account to decry the arrest of his colleague’s younger brother’s wife who was arrested by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squa (FSARS) on suspicion of stolen baby on 9th May 2019. Read More
I slept in the bathroom for weeks to avoid being raped by my boss –Human trafficking victim
A human trafficking victim, Oyinlola Solanke, who was rescued by the Erelu Eyinade Foundation, has narrated how she frustrated the plans by her employer to sexually assault her while working as a maid in Oman. Read More
Kolade Johnson: Court extends remand order on killer cop
An Ebute-Meta Magistrates’ Court on Monday extended its remand order on a cop, Olalekan Ogunyemi, who allegedly killed a football fan, Kolade Johnson. Read More
Housewife sentenced to death for killing neighbour over bench
A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Tuesday sentenced a housewife, Stella Gilbert, to death for killing her neighbour, Stella Godwin, over a bench. Read More
FRSC, Police see us as meal tickets, protesting tricycle operators say
Commercial operators of tricycles, popularly called Keke Napep, have withdrawn their services in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, claiming it was in protest against men of the FRSC and Police who have allegedly turned them into meal tickets. Read More
Man stabs drunken friend to death in Ogun
The Ogun State Police Command said it had arrested one Oni Olohunwa for stabbing his friend, Barakat Taiwo, to death in the Ogijo area of Ogun State. Read More
Housewife pours hot rice on policewoman
For allegedly pouring a steaming pot of rice on her neighbour during an argument, a 29-year-old housewife, Mary Simon, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. Read More
Mother sells baby for N600,000 to buy phone, wrapper
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command has arrested a 27-year-old single mother, Nneka Donatus, who allegedly sold her baby girl a day after putting to bed. Read More
Housewife sentenced to death for killing neighbour over bench
A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Tuesday sentenced a housewife, Stella Gilbert, to death for killing her neighbour, Stella Godwin, over a bench. Read More
How Katsina student killed colleague over girlfriend
An 18-year-old student, Ahmed Abubakar, of Government Day Secondary School in Katsina State has allegedly killed his colleague, Mikailu Mustapha, following a misunderstanding between them over a girl. Read More
Couple sell only son for N300,000
A couple, identified as Chinonso Anyanwu and Oluebube Anyawu, have allegedly sold their three-day-old son for N300,000. Read More
Three men allegedly hit man with car, stab him to death
The Police in Kano has arrested three suspected criminals who allegedly hit one Abdulaziz Lawan, 23, of Fagge Quarters in Kano with a car and afterwards stabbed him to death. Read More
Cultists kill student for struggling with phone snatchers
Gunmen suspected to be members of a secret cult shot dead one Emem Jimmy, a 200-level student of the Department of Political Science, Akwa Ibom State University. 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
72-yr-old man caught defiling two primary school girls
A 72-year-old man was, today, caught red-handed while allegedly defiling two primary school children in his room in #Osogbo, #Osun State. 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 joins in the protest against the Abuja Women Raid
As part of its commitment to promoting and protecting human rights and gender equality in Nigeria, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) joins other human rights activists, CSOs and Media to protest against the incessant raids and sexual abuses of women in Nigeria. Read More
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
Call for inputs:
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to the UN General Assembly on the theme of "domestic violence and the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment" calls for inputs from CSOs, Individual human rights activists, Human Rights Organisations and HRIs on a proposed consultation with stakeholders --  Deadline 15 May 2019. Read More

Call for application for the 2019 Fellowship programme for people of African descent
The OHCHR invites qualified persons to apply for the 2019 Fellowship programme for people of African descent. 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. Deadline 15 May 2019. Read More

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
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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