Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 7 - September 2018

#Stoptorture9ja Project of LEDAP- Legal Defence and Assistance Project.

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

"The eradication of torture demands addressing the pain and suffering it causes: Torture is not over until the victim has rebuilt her life”

 Asger Kjaerum, Advocacy Director, IRCT

  • NEWS
CLEEN Foundation Promotes Human Rights Accountability in Nigeria
The increasing spate of extortion, harassment, torture and other human rights abuses perpetrated by personnel of Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) has continued to elicit concern among local and international human rights groups [1], media and general public. Read More
UN anti-torture body issues landmark decision on rehabilitation for torture victims
In a recent decision, the UN Committee against Torture has taken an important step forward in protecting torture survivors from expulsion to countries where rehabilitation services are not available. Read More
Power-drunk soldiers torture woman who challenged them for driving against traffic
A sales representative of a mobile phone firm based on Victoria Island, Adetoun Adenuga, says she has yet to get over the torture she went through in the hands of some soldiers from Bonny Camp located along Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island. Read More
FSARS commanders undergo training on human rights
The police on Monday, 24 September, 2018, in Lagos commenced a two-week training on human rights for Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) commanders nationwide to reposition the outfit. Read More
Nigerian soldier kills colleague, self in another suicide rage
Another Nigerian Army soldier has been reported to have opened fire at a military facility in Abuja on Sunday, killing one colleague and injuring another before fatally ripping apart his own mouth with the rifle. Read More
Prisons, police, judicial officers undergo training on human rights violation
An Abuja-based Prison and Human Rights group, Uchefem Consult, on Monday commenced the training of 30 police, prisons and judicial officers on the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJA) to avoid human rights violation. Read More
Court declares corps member’s detention by SARS illegal
The Federal High Court in Abuja has declared the continued detention of a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, Mr Christopher Adole, in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the police without charge since July this year as illegal. Read More
Police recruits trained on gender and human rights issues
A group of 28 Tonga Police recruits completed a program considering human rights and gender issues, delivered by the Women and Children Crisis Centre on September 14. Read More
Don't ignore accident, gunshot victims with no clearance - Police warn hospitals
The police command in Borno state on Friday, September 7, cautioned hospitals in the state against denying medical care to accident or gunshot victims without police clearance. Read More
Police arrests 2 married men for defiling their neighbour’s 7 years old daughter in Lagos
The court has remanded  two married men who continually defiled a 7-year-old girl in their compound in Lagos after they were arrested by the police. Read More
Police announce six new steps to reform SARS
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to wear police uniforms with full identification, pending the launch of new FSARS uniform. Read More
SARS Operative Dismissed For Collecting N5,000 'Ransom'
The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robery Squad (FSARS), Inspector Charles Omotosho, who extorted N5,000 from some road users in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. Read More
Police allegedly kill driver over N50 bribe; residents retaliate
Upon hearing the news about the death of a driver who was killed by a police officer, residents of Nguroje, the community where the victim hails from, gathered and rushed to the police station in the community, where the policeman was, apprehended and lynched the suspected killer. Read More
Nigeria: Activists Ask Court to Halt Planned Demotion of Police Officers
Human right activists have asked a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, to stop the Police Service Commission from planned demotion of some Police officers who were recently promoted. Read More
Soldier flogs danfo driver for overtaking him in Lagos
According eyewitness report, a danfo driver was allegedly flogged by a soldier around Ojo barracks in lagos for overtaking him. Read More
Soldier flogs driver, shatters his glass in Lagos
A Danfo driver was flogged by a soldier, on Sunday, around Ojo barracks in Lagos, after having his side glass shattered by the military officer. Read More
FRSC Recruitment: Applicant faints as soldiers brutalize them
An applicant who went for the physical verification exercise in the on going Federal Road Safety Corps recruitment exercise in Lokoja, Kogi State, fainted, today, after being hit on the head with a baton by one of the soldiers. Read More
I was disrespected  by the police - Singer Omawumi
In her instagram page, Omawumi a Nigerian Musician  has narrated her ugly experience with officers of the Nigerian Police, describing such act as abuse of office. Read More
Alleged torture: Journalist seeks NUJ’s help to tackle LASPOTECH
A journalist, Folake Sokoya, has petitioned the Lagos council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists over alleged torture by security guards at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu. Read More
Policewoman flees after stabbing husband in Lagos
Folake Ogunbodede, a police sergeant attached to the Ipaja police station, is currently on the run after stabbing her husband, Taiwo, following a misunderstanding at their home in Ipaja, Lagos. Read More
Policeman orders a driver to frog-jump in Lagos
In a online viral video, a man was seen frog jumping at NNPC mega station along Lagos Ibadan expressway on the orders of policemen stationed at the premise. Read More
Rapper Toyboykels accuses Lagos police officer, Joy Ogah, of robbing him inside their station.
Rapper Toyboykels has taken to her instagram page to narrate how she was robbed at Area C Surulere, Police station, Ojuelegba Lagos by an officer named Joy Ogah. Read More
25-year-old mother of two hacked to death in Ekiti
A 25-year-old mother of two, Miss Kehinde Olomola, has died from the injuries she sustained after she was attacked in her home at Igede community, in the Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State. Read More
Man gives out two-year-old son as collateral for N180,000 loan
The Police Command in Cross River has arrested a couple for allegedly trafficking their two-year old first son to an agent in Port Harcourt in exchange for money. Read More
Police arrests a man for defiling 4 school pupils
Police in Enugu State have arrested a 50-year-old school headmaster for alleged sexual abuse and defilement of four of his school pupils. Read More
New FSARS Contact Details incase of SARS Abuse
If The 'New' FSARS Harass You. 
Please Contact: 
DIG, Department of Operations: 08037025670; IGP X-SQUAD 0902 690 0729, 08078662130, 08174041000 – CALLS,
0903 227 8905 – SMS, 
0903 562 1377 – whatsapp 
UN:Torture is outlawed internationally - so why is it such big business?
Companies all over the world are still profiting from the sale of gruesome torture equipment like spiked batons, stun belts and leg irons, Amnesty International said today, as it called on world leaders to join the Global Alliance for Torture-Free Trade, a landmark agreement launched in 2017. Read More
Reformed SARS, Undefined Beats
Like the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity, with a large number of Nigerian devotees, we now have a Reformed Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police (SARS). Nigerian devotees and friends of the police are asking: would the SARS no longer be seen as “Agbero Squad” (SA)? Read More
Police powers to arrest and search
The power to prevent and detect crime does not give the Police carte blanche to violate the rights of citizens in the name of crime prevention and detection. Read More
A day at a Lagos police station
It is impossible to have friendly cops on the road when they work in unfriendly and decrepit environments, some with no chairs to sit or where to sleep except inside vehicles. Read More
Detention: an imbalance of power
The risk of being tortured or ill-treated is higher at certain times during the period of a person’s detention and in certain situations. Read More
Understanding the Risk of Torture
It is important to stress that no State is immune from the risk of torture and ill-treatment. As a result, there is always a need to be vigilant and to develop and implement effective preventive strategies. Read More
Domestic Violence: Asserting children, women’s right to justice
For some time now, women lawyers in the country have affirmed the fight against forms of domestic violence against women and children in the society. Read More
NBA: Still fit for purpose?
The organisation has, at various times, been accused of ineptitude in its handling of critical human rights issues in terms of detention without trial and flagrant violation of judicial orders by the Executive arm of the Nigerian government. Read More
About killings with impunity
The United States of America, speaking through its Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Mr. David Young, could not be more right to lament recently, the widespread killings, insecurity, violence, in Nigeria, and even more importantly, the lack of severe and effective measures against the perpetrators. Read More
Osibanjo and SARS public relations tragedy
Consistent with his usual knack for seeing seemingly intractable challenges through to a tolerable state, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s order to the Inspector General of Police to “overhaul” the controversial police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and follow-up directive to the National Human Rights Commission to set up a panel to probe allegations of rights abuse by the unit, are most commendable. Read More
Avocats Sans Frontieres France, calls for a review of the SARS overhaul by the IGP
Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF France)/ Lawyers Without Borders France welcomes the order of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris for the overhaul/reform of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force. Read More

DSS, democracy and the rule of law
Tragically the ugly spectre of democracy is the consequence of a sinister connivance between some elected citizens and elemental vestiges of dictatorship epitomised by some security and quasi-security agencies in the country. Unwittingly perhaps, they constitute a threat to civil liberties and the institutions, which symbolise democratic ideals in the polity. Read More
"Prisons, not for punitive purposes"
The Officer-in-Charge of Ibara Prison, Sunday Kolawole,in his public lecture described Nigerian Prisons as rehabilitation centres and not punitive grounds saddled with the responsibility of promoting public protection by providing assistance for offenders in their reformation and rehabilitation under safe,  secured and humane condition and to facilitate their social reintegration into the society. Read More
Update on LEDAP's Support to Victims of Torture in North East: In the matter of Mustapha Alhaji Modu V. Minister of Defence & 4 ORS.
The victim was arrested and detained on 7th June 2013 by men of the Nigerian Army on allegation of being a member of the dreaded Boko Haram Sect. Since his arrest and detention, he has not been brought before any court of justice for trial; so the matter which came up for hearing of written address on 24th September 2018 at Borno State High Court (Court 1), Maiduguri sought for the immediate release of the applicant and a public apology from the respondents for the illegal arrest. After hearing, the matter was adjourned to 3rd October for Judgement. For more updates follow us on twitter, facebook, instagram
Update on LEDAP's Support to Victims of Torture in North East: In the matter of Bulama Modu Hammemare V. Minister of Defence & 4 ORS.
The victim was arrested and detained on 14th April 2014 by men of the Nigerian Army on allegation of being a member of the dreaded Boko Haram Sect. Since his arrest and detention, he has not been brought before any court of justice for trial; so the matter which came up for hearing of written address on 24th September 2018 at Borno State High Court (Court 1), Maiduguri sought for the immediate release of the applicant and a public apology from the respondents for the illegal arrest. After hearing, the matter was adjourned to 3rd October for Judgement. For more updates follow us on twitter, facebook, instagram
LEDAP Demands Compensation for Victims and Families of Victims of SARS Brutality

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), commend the Federal Government on actions taken so far to overhaul the management and activities of SARS. Read More

LEDAP Represents over 100 Victims and Relatives of Victims of Torture in the Public Hearing of the Presidential Panel of Investigation in North-East
In the concluded Presidential Panel of Investigation constituted by the Vice President, Prof.Osibanjo, to review compliance of the armed forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project through its active pro-bono lawyers from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe represented over 100 victims and relatives of victims of torture in the public hearing conducted by the panel in Maiduguri for the Nort-East Zone.The violations suffered by the victims and relatives of victims range from torture and other degrading, inhuman treatments, unlawful arrest and detention, detention incommunicado, enforced disappearance, extra judicial killings; and each victims sought for reliefs.
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 Petitions the Presidency on behalf of 279 persons illegally detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015
The legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) had submitted a petition to the Secretary to the Presidential Panel on Review of Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, demanding for a public hearing for 279 persons from Bama LGA detained by the Nigerian Army since 2015 on mere suspicion of being members of the dreaded boko haram sect. 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.
LEDAP joins in the #EndSARS Campaign
Follow us on our social media pages  to get the latest uodates on our campaign  against SARS brutality on Nigerians. Instagram Facebook Twitter
Invitation to 2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law
2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on theme of "Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law" from 22 to 23 November 2018 at Palais des Nations Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland
Invitation to UN Working Group Consultation
The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights invites non-governmental and civil society organisations to a consultation during its 21st session holding on Wednesday 3 October 2018 from 17:00 to 18:00 at Palais des Nations Room XXI, Geneva, Switzerland. Read More
Call for Inputs
The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee requests inputs on the following mandates of the Advisory Committee: 'The negative effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of human rights,' 'Negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin on the enjoyment of human rights,' and 'The role of technical assistance and capacity-building in fostering mutually beneficial cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights.' Deadline Friday 30 November 2018.  Read More

73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73)

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018.

Dates: 18-30 September 2018
Location: New York, NY
2nd session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on theme of "Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law" -- from 22 to 23 November 2018 -- Palais des Nations Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland
Call for Inputs
OHCHR call for inputs to the UN High Commissioner's report on "empowering children with disabilities for the enjoyment of their human rights, including through inclusive education" (HRC resolution 37/20). Deadline Wednesday 10 October 2018. Read More
Promoting Accountability through the EyeWitness to AtrocitiesProject
The ''EyeWitness to Atrocities'' project of the International Bar Association is aimed at supporting investigators, human rights defenders, activists, law firms, and ordinary citizens to capture and store verifiable images and videos of human rights abuses through the use of a mobile app. Read More
Invitation to Civil Society Section
The Ad-hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards would like to inform that the tenth session of the Ad-hoc Committee has been rescheduled to take place from 8-10 October 2018. The meeting will commence on Monday, 8th October at 10:am in Room XXI Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Read More  
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