Torture Alert-Nigeria
No. 4 - August 2018

#Stoptorture9ja Project of LEDAP- Legal Defence and Assistance Project.
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Legal Defence and Assistance Project brings you update on incidences of torture in Nigeria
"Torture- the intentional infliction of severe mental or physical pain of suffering, is a violation of the most basic of all human rights".
Robert Alan Silverstein
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • NEWS
  • OPINIONS
  • LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
  • UPCOMING EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS
Overhaul SARS immediately - Osibanjo orders IGP Idris
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo SAN, has ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to overhaul the management and activities of the Police unit the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Read More
IGP overhauls SARS hours after Osibanjo's order
Few hours after acting president Yemi Osibanjo ordered an overhaul of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Inspector-General of the Police, Ibrahim Idris, has asked that the unit be collapsed into one. Read More
Police arrest membr of vigilante for trafficking 13 year old girl to Burkina Faso
Police paraded a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Ikorodu branch, on Tuesday who was paid N15,000 to traffick a schoolgirl to Burkina Faso, to work as a se.x worker for his mother. 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
Driver seizes police woman's phone, inflicts injuries on her
A 29-year-old driver, Ikechukwu Abonyi, on Wednesday appeared before a Kado Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja for allegedly assaulting a police woman while on lawful duty. Read More
Premium Times Journalist, Samuel Ogundipe detained by SARS, his account frozen
A reporter with Premium Times, Samuel Ogundipe,  was arrested at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday and driven from the SARS headquarters in Abuja to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters to write a statement concerning the source of a recent story he wrote as against the ethics of journalism. Read More
Septugenarian tortures student over missing N 1,000
A septuagenarian, Rasheed Adebayo, has been arrested by the police for allegedly torturing his grandson, Fuad Badmus, in the Oko-Oba, Agege area of Lagos State. Read More
Housewife brutalises girl for taunting her about barrenness
A housewife, Bose Ogedengbe, has been arrested by the police for allegedly brutalising her ward, Favour, at their house on Bush Street, in the Anthony Village area of Lagos 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
Pastor’s wife paraded in her community for maltreating and beating her maid in Okigwe, Imo state
A pastor’s wife was paraded by the youths in her community for beating her maid and constantly maltreating the girl. Read More
Father tortures children for six months after a pastor accuses them of witchcraft
A man in Akwa Ibom identified ashas Johnson Amos been accused of torturing his two children Benjamin, 14 and Abasiofiong, 12 after they had been accused them of witchcraft by the pastor. Read More
A Nigerian women completely damages her maid's repoductive system with torture in Anambra
The reproductive system of a 12-year-old girl, Faith Nwanja, who was allegedly tortured and mutilated by her mistress, Mrs Nkechi Bartholomew for being too stubborn has been seriously damaged. Read More
Nigerian Police Harass Innocent Keke Napep driver
A viral video on twitter shows where some officers of the Nigerian Police Force were harrassing a keke napep driver on the road. Read More
OPINIONS
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
Tackling the Scourge of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a global problem. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Read More
LEDAP's TORTURE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
LEDAP holds Lawyers-Victims Forum in Yola, Adamawa State.
As part of its awareness raising and providing redress for torture victims, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project in partnership with United Nations Voluntary Funds for Victims of Torture holds a lawyers-victims forum for lawyers and victims from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, aimed at creating friendly environment for lawyers to interact with victims of torture and other human rights violations. The forum also sought to equip lawyers with best techniques for preparing torture and other human rights cases and its subsequent prosecution in courts.

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-South 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 20th- 21st August, 2018, at Federal High Court, Porth Harcourt, Rivers State. Read More
Internship Announcement
The World Organization against Torture seeks application from interested interns in carrying out its torture activities, starting on October 1 for a minimum of 3 months. Deadline for application August 25, 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
82nd Sesion of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
The Working Group on arbitrary detention will be holding its 82nd session from 20th August- 24th August 2018, at Palais des Nations Room IX, Geneva. Read More
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