Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 5 - August 2018

#Stoptorture9ja Project of LEDAP- Legal Defence and Assistance Project.
Hello,
Legal Defence and Assistance Project brings you update on incidences of torture in Nigeria
"Torture is banned but in two-thirds of the world's countries it is still being committed in secret. Too many governments still allow wrongful imprisonment, murder or "disappearances" to be carried out by their oficials with impunity".
Peter Benenson
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
The overhaul of SARS
Many Nigerians expressed a sigh of relief last week when a directive was issued by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to the Inspector of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to ‘overhaul’ the Special Armed Robbery Squad (SARS). Read More
Power-drunk Lagos DPO leads team to mosque, raid adherents, others • We paid N30,000 for bail – Residents
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Pen Cinema Police Division, Lagos State, H.E. Nwabuisi, has been accused of conducting raids during which he allegedly arrested innocent residents and extorted money from them. Read More
Police arraign pastor for allegedly raping a woman
The police on Thursday arraigned a 32- year-old fake pastor  for allegedly raping a woman in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Read More
NHRC Cautions Police against Torturing Suspects
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) thursday cautioned the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to desist from torturing suspects in order to obtain false evidence, adding that such acts now constitute criminal offence. 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
Young man tortured to death by Police after being labelled a Yahoo boy
It was gathered that the deceased Ifunanya was fast asleep when officers attached to B Division broke into their apartment and surrounded everyone in the house with guns while in search for internet fraudsters otherwise known as ‘Yahoo Boys’. Read More
Police allegedly beats man to death for buying stolen wrappers
Muhammed, a 25-year-old tailor, was allegedly beaten to death at Sangere, Adamawa State, by police officers, for buying stolen wrappers. Read More
Yahoo boy arrested by Policein Lagos for attempting to kill his mother for  rituals
The police in Lagos state arrested 29 years old Taiwo Akinola for trying to kill his mother, Alice Akinola so as to further his cyber fraud business (yahoo yahoo) to the bloody or ritual level (yahoo plus). 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
Police arrests woman for pouring hot water on her maid, for allegedly stealing two eggs
Mrs. Darasimi Martins, was arrested by police for allegedly scalding her 16-year-old maid with hot water for stealing two eggs. Read More
Two siblings hacked to death by their elder brother in Delta state
Mr Aniemeka Nwani allegedly hacked his two younger brothers, Kingsley and Nwayo, to death in Asaba, Delta State on Sunday night. Read More
Musician Duncan Mighty accused of domestic violence
Duncan Mighty is being accused of brutally beating his wife and there are photos circulating online showing Vivien Nwakanma Mighty with a blackened eye and swollen face. Read More
My detention story in DSS underground Cell- Journalist Jones Abiri
Jones Abiri, a Yenagoa based journalist returned to Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital two years after he was arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) over allegations bordering on national security. Read More
Priest nabbed for death of woman accused of witchcraft
The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a priest, Lekan Olukolu, for the death of a 25-year-old woman, Idowu Ogunkoya, who allegedly died in his shrine. Read More
Tension as vigilante chief kills colleague in Delta community
There was tension in the Otor-Udu and Ubogo communities in the Udu Local Government Area of Delta State on Thursday over the killing of a 33-year-old man, identified as Kingsley Onajomo. Read More
Suspected child traffickers in Abia police net
Police operatives attached to the Umuahia Area Command have arrested one Paragon Kelechi in Abia State for alleged human trafficking. Read More
OPINIONS
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
Has Osibanjo put final nail in SARS coffin, or is there more to come?
For the federal government and concerned Police stakeholders, the unit is an indispensable core of Nigeria's security architecture that could never be jettisoned even if millions of people bayed for blood. 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
Human rights and police brutality in Nigeria
Human rights abuses by the Nigerian police, especially its special anti-robbery squad (SARS) have reached alarming levels. Read More
Osibanjo's directives won't end SARS
Nothing good can emerge from SARS as presently constituted. The rot and monster that is SARS won’t change simply because of a presidential directive or a change of name. Read More
ACJA: CJN Directs Magistrates to inspect Police Station Monthly
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Walter S.N. Onnoghen, GCON,  has issued a Practice Direction to all heads of court to implement the  provisions of Section 34(1) and 34 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) to reduce incidents of police brutality and other forms of human rights abuse. Read More
 A new hymn on tackling corruption
Traditional approaches in tackling corruption in Nigeria have not yielded the desired results. Instead, certain emerging issues including ethnic, religious and political threats tend to undermine the successes of the fight against corruption and the rule of law. 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 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 Joins Brooklyn Defender Services, United States on Training of Pro Bono Lawyers in Nigeria

Two leading attorneys, Hannah McCrea and Nyasa Hickey of Brooklyn Defender Services, United States, will facilitate a training for pro bono lawyers at a conference tagged: Leadership and capacity building conference for pro bono lawyers and legal aid service providers in Nigeria. LEDAP's lead counsel, Chino Obiagwu will be speaking at the conference. 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.
Notice of Public Hearing on Complaints against Officers of the Nigerian Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Alleged Human Rights Violations in South-East Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria
The National Human Rights Commission in partnership with CLEEN Foundation and Network of Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) invites members of the public to a hearing on complaints against officers of the Nigerian Police Force SARS on alleged human rights violations, scheduled to hold from 27th- 28th August, 2018, at Federal High Court, Owerri, Imo State. 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 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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