Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 6 - September 2018

#Stoptorture9ja Project of LEDAP- Legal Defence and Assistance Project.
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Legal Defence and Assistance Project brings you update on incidents of torture in Nigeria
"The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who ere shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who disappeared".
Peter Benenson
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
SARS: Panel set up by the Vice President through NHRC commences public hearing on 24 cases
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday commenced a three day public hearing from the 27th to 29th of August, 2018 on allegations of human rights violations against the Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Read More
NHRC National Dialogue on Missing Persons, 2018.
The National Human Rights Commission  is facilitating the establishment of a database of missing persons in Nigeria to give families platforms to engage with and address cases of their missing loved ones,Executive Secretary,Tony Ojukwu disclosed this in Abuja. Read More
Call for Submission of Memoranda
The Federal Government's National Human Rights Commission Panel calls for the submission of memoranda from members of the public on allegations of human rights violations and abuse of power against operatives of SARS (2016 to date) from all states of the federation including FCT. Memoranda should be submitted in 12 copies by email (nhrc.sars@nhrc.gov.ng), post or should be deposited at the he adquarters of the Commission, No 19 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama or any of the state or zonal offices. Deadline for submission is Friday, 14 September, 2018. Read More
SARS: Experts call for total police reform
Some security experts in Lagos have called for a total reform of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as an institution to enhance the security of lives and property in the country. Read More
FG must stop unlawful arrests, detentions, says Amnesty International
Amnesty International on Thursday accused Nigeria’s government of carrying out unlawful arrests and practising “enforced disappearance” — detention without trial to suppress dissent. Read More
SARS officer allegedly kills a student of Osun State Polytechnic
A student of Osun State polytechnic,identified as Babatunde Nafiu was reportedly shot dead at about 9pm on Thursday evening in Iwo town, Osun State by a SARS officer. Read More
Final year student of Fedpoly Osun lynched by angry mob, after he hit and killed 5 people with his car
A student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State was beaten to death by angry community people on Monday, after he hit and killed five people, including some Post UTME students with his car in a crash. 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
Youths raze police station over alleged shooting of undergraduate by SARS
Irate youths in Iwo, Osun State, have set a police station ablaze in the town for the alleged shooting of an undergraduate, Tunde Nofiu, by an officer attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad. Read More
Mob sets fire on police officer’s house over youth’s death
Angry youths of Evbuoma community in Ikpoba-Oka Local Government Area of Edo State have set fire on the residence of a police officer, following the death of one Glory Imarogie. Read More
Illegal Detention: Abuja Federal High Court Orders Nigerian Army N11m To Gombe Youths
An Abuja Federal High Court under Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has ordered the office of the Chief of Army Staff to pay the sum of N11 million to eleven youths from Gombe State illegally detained by the Nigerian Army. Read More
Youths lynch undergraduate for crushing an admission seeker to death
Some irate youths in Ede, Osun State, have beaten to death an HND 2 student at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Fisayo Olorunfemi, aka Fish, after the student allegedly crushed an 18-year-old admission seeker, Islamat Bello, to death with his vehicle. Read More
Fresh 164 Nigerians return from Libya
The National Emergency Management Agency, on Thursday received a fresh batch of 164 Nigerians from Libya. Read More
SARS overhaul: Group makes case for detainees
Citizens Unite for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE-Nigeria), a human rights group has tasked the Nigeria police force to declare the number of detainees being held by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to the public. Read More
Power-drunk DPO appears before panel, denies bribbery allegations
The State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, has started investigation into the allegation of bribery against the suspended Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Pen Cinema Division, Harrison Nwabuisi. Read More
Lagos businessmen lament torture, accuse F-SARS of frame-up
Some businessmen in the Ikeja area of Lagos State have alleged that operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad allegedly tortured and extorted money from them for what they knew nothing about. Read More
Tension in Nasarawa community as soldiers kill 23-year-old trader
Tension has resumed in the Kadarko community area of Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, following the killing of a 23-year-old trader by operatives suspected to be of the presidential military task force operating in the area. Read More
Man held for raping teenager in Minna
A 27-year-old man, Usman Adamu, has been detained for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl who went into coma while being raped by the suspect in an uncompleted building. Read More
Man Tortured to Death in Ekiti Vigilante Den
A middle-aged man identified as Oke has been allegedly tortured to death by men of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria. 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
Riot in Ekiti as citizens catches man for killing and attempting to bury the body of a motorcyclist he murdered
Members of Agbado community in Gbonyin Local Government Area, Ekiti State, staged a protest after a middle aged man, simply identified as Toyin a.k.a  Toyin Yalayala, who was said to have hanged another man named Apeteshi on Thursday in a farm settlement in the community was caught while trying to bury the deceased secretly. Read More
OPINIONS
HRAN Demands Justice for Relatives of Victims of Enforced Disappearance

The Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN) commemorates the international day for victims of enforced disappearance, calls for increased attention to justice for families of missing persons in Nigeria. 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
New Bottled Old Wine: Unmasking Irrelevancies Called IGP Ibrahim’s “11-Point Police SARS Reform
We have continuously received a barrage of calls in the past 12 hours from concerned Nigerians including members of the Nigerian media regarding the announcement yesterday, 15th August 2018 by the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotum Idris of his so called “11-point reform” for the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. 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
SARS overhaul is a positive step but must be robust
Responding to news that Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered an immediate overhaul of the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria Osai Ojigho said. Read More
LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
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
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UPCOMING EVENTS/ OPPORTUNITIES
Invitation to Stakeholders Round Table Dialogue against Torture 
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee againts Torture (NCaT) invites stakeholders to a roundtable dialogue aimed at reducing the incidences of Torture and improving redress for victims of torture and ill treatment which will be taking place on 5th September 2018, at Ministry of Justice Complex, Abuja.
Invitation
The HRC Secretariat invites NGOs to the HRC President pre-sessional meeting with NGOS on Wednesday, 5 September  2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 at Palais des Nations Room XI, Gebenva, Switzerland.
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
Call for Submission of Reports on Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially women, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, seeks inputs from CSOs, activists, agencies etc on forms and manifestations of trafficking in persons in Nigeria for her visit to the country which is tentatively scheduled from 3 to 10 September, 2018 . Deadline for submission is 3 September, 2018. Read More
Call for submissions: Women deprived of liberty
The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice will present a thematic report on women deprived of liberty to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019. These submissions should be sent to wgdiscriminationwomen@ohchr.org.Deadline for submission is 1 October, 2018. Read More
Invitation to 16th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action invites all interested civil society organizations to the 16th session of the Working Group holding from 27 August 2018 to 7 September 2018  at Palais des Nations Room XXI, Geneva, Switzerland. Read More
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