Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 6 - 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 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
  • NEWS
HRAN and other CSOs meet with the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons
Human Rights Agenda Network and her member CSOs met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Maria Grazia Grammarinaro during her working visit in Nigeria. 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
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
Police Threatens Heavy Sanction Against FSARS Operatives Involved In Civil Matters Or Arresting Yahoo Yahoo Boys
In line with the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Inspector General of Police directives, Operatives of the Federal Special Anti robbery Squad, FSARS, have been barred from going after suspected cyber crimes offenders also known as Yahoo Yahoo boys. Read More
Man calls out Nigerian soldier for allegedly stabbing the brother in the neck
A Nigerian man on Twitter, Enebeli Paul called out an officer of the Nigerian Army for allegedly stabbing his younger brother in the neck. Read More
Police arrest taxi driver posing as SARS operative
The police in Abuja have arrested a taxi driver, Tijani Omeiza, for allegedly posing as an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Read More
FSARS: Police developing software to monitor suspects-IGP
Following the executive order given by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to overhaul SARS, the inspector general of police, Idris Ibrahim, has said the force is presently building a computer software that will be monitoring suspects under its Federal-Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS) unit. Read More
Nigeria creates website to help vulnerable groups get legal assistance
The Nigerian government in collaboration with human right groups has created an electronic platform to reach vulnerable people in need of legal assistance. 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
Security: Day activists, police squared off on reforms
The July 2018 Lunch Time Reform Seminar on “The Effective Response of the Nigeria Police Force to the Curbing of Crime in Nigeria: The Role of Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)” organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) and the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP), brought together stakeholders who deliberated on the way forward for the police in Nigeria. 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
Probe my husband’s death in police custody, widow begs IGP
A middle aged woman identified as Mrs. Ngozi Inya has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to order a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of her husband in police custody on Thursday in Ebonyi State. 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
Son smashes stabilizer, wooden stool om mother's head
An Ebute Metta Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos, on Tuesday remanded in prison a 29-year-old man, Taiwo Akinola, for smashing a stabilizer on his mother’s head. 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
Youths injure two policemen, destroy patrol vehicle in Jos
Youths of Lopandet village in Du District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau have attacked and injured two Policemen attached to the ‘A’ Division of the State Police Command while on duty in the community. Read More
Public Complaints Commission seeks collaboration with police for dispute resolution
The Public Complaints Commission has solicited purposeful partnership with the Nigeria Police on addressing complaints and disputes efficiently. Read More
76-year-old Monarch allegedly tortured to death by Police in Cross River State
Chief Okong, age 76, was arrested alongside other Chiefs on the 3rd of August, 2018 in Boki Local government area of Cross River State. He was then taken to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Okundi in Boki LGA and later transferred to the State Police Headquarters, Diamond Hill, Calabar, where he was tortured to his death. 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 
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

That shameful arrest of Owerri Women
One thing a democratic government tries to avoid is whatever will cause it bad press. However, it seems that the Buhari administration courts bad press rather than avoid it. It also unwittingly gives publicity to people and issues that would have not been noticed if ignored. 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
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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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 
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 for submission is 1 October, 2018. Read More
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