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Nigeria: Stem Harassment Of Lawyers, Respect Citizens Rights, NBA-SPIDEL Urges Security Agencies

18/09/22

The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA- SPIDEL) has urged security agencies to stop the harassment of lawyers and respect the citizens’ Rights.

NBA-SPIDEL in a press statement signed by Dr Monday Ubani, National Chairman of the legal body noted that it has observed with dismay some infractions that are perpetrated by the security agencies against legal practitioners in the conduct of their professional duties to their clients. 

According to Ubani, the maltreatment ranges from the brutalization of lawyers to denial of the use of their communication gadgets as well as the arbitrary transfer of cases to the headquarters in Abuja even when all the parties reside outside Abuja. 

“On the issue of harassment and brutalization of lawyers, while carrying out their professional duties, it is now notorious that all the security agencies in Nigeria have an infamous record of human rights abuses and brutality against the citizens whenever they are suspected of committing any crime. It bears stating that some of these alleged crimes stem from unreasonable and unfounded suspicions. 

“It is clearly illegal for an agency that is charged with investigating a matter and collating evidence to turn itself into the accuser, prosecutor and judge. What is more appalling is that a lawyer can quickly transmute from merely representing his client to being labelled an accused person by the security agents, leading to brutalization, harassment, unlawful arrest and detention.

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Nigeria: My one-month experience in prison dehumanising –Lawyer jailed for contempt

27/08/22

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, who was jailed for contempt by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Obot, in controversial circumstances on July 27, regained his freedom on Friday. He speaks with GODFREY GEORGE about his one-month prison experience

Would you like to recount what your first day was like in detention in the Ikot Ekpene Custodial Facility in Akwa Ibom state?

By the time I arrived, I was not perturbed by my sentence in any way. They first took me to the Uyo Correctional Facility but they did not admit me. They referred me to Ikot Ekpene, and I was supposed to be there for two weeks. When I got to Ikot-Ekpene, I was admitted and immediately confronted with the reality of the abominable neglect of the correctional centre in the country. Even though the Ikot Ekpene Prisons building is relatively new, as it was recently renovated by former Governor Godswill Akpabio, life there is still very horrible.

Most Nigerians may not know how bad the condition is until they experience it. I had to remove my shoes when I was admitted. They took my properties and took account of them. Then, I had to be shown the cell where I was going to spend two weeks. The custodial centre in Ikot-Ekpene is terribly and disgustingly congested. Inmates live basically like animals. There are people who do not even have a space to lie. They sit with their legs tied and others sit close to them. That is the condition that some of them have had to live for years since their sentence. I was so enraged by what looked like an attempt to replicate the Nazi concentration. But then, I was told there was what they called the ‘special cell’, some kind of ‘privileged cell’ at the Ikot Ekpene Custodial Centre. They told me that I would either adjust to the very dehumanising condition I find myself in the regular cell or I had to pay for a space in the so-called special cell.

How much did it cost?

The officers said it would cost me N50, 000. I knew I had just two weeks to stay, but I had to pay that money so I could get a space. There were three of us in the room. There was no bed; there was just a small mattress. I adjusted. As I said, I had always mentally prepared for incarceration. So, we had to sleep on the floor. There was no net for me to shield myself from mosquitoes. I had to share the toilet with other people. It wasn’t palatable. But that is what people even consider to be one of the best in the country. I don’t think that is even fit for any inmate in this country to be kept.

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https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/08/human-rights-lawyer-inibehe-effiong-released-from-prison/

https://thenationonlineng.net/breaking-inibehe-effiong-regains-freedom-after-30-day-incarceration/

https://guardian.ng/news/inibehe-effiong-nigerian-lawyer-detained-for-contempt-regains-freedom/

https://saharareporters.com/articles/lawyers-may-no-longer-be-free-akwa-ibom-courtrooms-after-chief-judge-obot-asked-armed-men

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Nigeria: Suspected terrorists kill lawyer in Zamfara

19/08/22

A lawyer, Barr. Benedict Azza, has been shot dead close to his residence in Gusau, Zamfara State capital.

The attack occurred on Thursday night, barely one week after the state government had announced ban on motorbikes in parts of Gusau metropolis.

Azza, who was a principal partner of BT Azza & Co Chambers based in Gusau, was reportedly shot dead while returning to his residence around 8pm.

The state’s NBA [Nigerian Bar Association] chairman, Barrister Junaidu Abubakar, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.

The statement reads in part, “This is to confirm to you that our colleague and friend, Benedict Torngee Azza Esq, is dead.

“While I was in my house, I received three different phone calls from our colleagues informing me that B. T. Azza Esq. was shot dead by unknown gunmen and his body was lying on the roadside along Bypass near FRSC office, Gusau.

“Immediately after receiving the information, I rushed to the scene where I met our colleagues, Abdullahi Ibrahim Esq. and Ibrahim Sani Gusau Esq. with a  number of security personnel. I saw BT Azza’s  body lying in cold blood on the shoulders of the road.

“While we were there, FRSC’s personnel came to the scene with a body bag in which the  body was deposited and taken to Yariman Bakura Specialists Hospital, Gusau by the police.

“According to the information, BT Azza was shot dead by 2 unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers who came on a motorcycle.

“The information has it that, the gunmen wanted to kidnap him at his house situated at Saminaka Area, behind Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Headquarters, Bypass Gusau, but he was able to escape, drove his vehicle and run to the road side. The gunmen pursued him and shot him dead.”

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https://www.tori.ng/news/211503/kidnappers-kill-lawyer-in-zamfara-photo.html

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Nigerian Police Disobey Court Order, Refuse To Release Lawyer 88 Days After Illegal Detention

01/08/22

Musa was arrested about 88 days ago by operatives of the Force Criminal Investigation Department for rendering service to his client and acting in his professional capacity. 

 The Nigeria Police Force has refused to release a lawyer, Shamsuddeen Musa despite a court order from the Federal Capital Territory High Court. 

Musa was arrested about 88 days ago by operatives of the Force Criminal Investigation Department for rendering service to his client and acting in his professional capacity. 

 
After failed efforts to get him released on bail, he approached a High Court of FCT on 25/07/2022 in Suit No. FCT/HC/CV/2443/2022 Motion No. M/9380/2022, where he sought an order to enforce their fundamental rights to life, liberty and dignity. 

 
The judge subsequently directed the police to stay all actions and release the lawyer, having been granted bail by the court. 

However, despite the order, Musa is still in detention. 

Another lawyer, Abu Ruqayyah berated the police authorities for flouting and ignoring the court order. 

She called on the Nigerian Bar Association leadership to intervene. 

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https://saharareporters.com/articles/nigerian-police-disobey-court-order-refuse-release-lawyer-88-days-after-illegal-detention

https://saharareporters.com/articles/nigerian-bar-association-pushing-jailed-lawyer-inibehe-effiong-apologise-power-drunk-akwa

Nigeria: Akwa Ibom chief judge sends lawyer Inibehe Effiong to prison

27/07/22

Ekaette Obot, the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom state has ordered the imprisonment of popular human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, for defending a Premium Times reporter.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that this development was made known by the human rights lawyer via a message he posted on his WhatsApp status on Wednesday morning.

Effiong, who is the National Legal Adviser of African Alliance Congress Party (AACP), stated that he was sent to Uyo prison by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State for one month “for defending Leo Ekpenyong in a libel suit filed by Governor Udom Emmanuel.”

Another lawyer while confirming the arrest stated that the judge pronounced the prison sentence against Effiong, who is a Lagos based lawyer.

Giving updates in on the incident on his Twitter page, Effiong wrote: “I have just been sent to Uyo prison by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Obot, for one month for defending Leo Ekpenyong in the libel suit filed by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

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Akwa Ibom chief judge sends lawyer, Inibehe Effiong to prison

Nigeria: Kaduna train kidnappers release lawyer, Hassan Usman, after flogging video    

25/07/22

Kaduna train kidnappers release lawyer, Hassan Usman, after flogging video     

Barrister Hassan Usman, one of the the captives in the custody of Kaduna-Abuja train kidnappers has regained freedom.

He was released on Monday, a day after he was seen in a viral video making passionate appeal to Nigerians, the federal government and the international community to intervene in securing their safe release from captivity.

In the video, the terrorists are seen manhandling some of the victims and flogging them with sticks while the victims cried and pleaded for help.

One of the terrorists, apparently unhappy with the situation, asked two of his accomplices, Ali and Abdullahi, to stop manhandling the victims.

Afterwards, Hassan appeared on camera, narrating how they were kidnapped and lamenting that the Nigerian government has failed to secure their release.

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https://www.nigerianeye.com/2022/07/fg-failed-to-rescue-us-i-pity-those.html?m=1

https://reportdailys.com/fg-failed-to-rescue-us-i-pity-those-still-in-custody-freed-kaduna-train-attack-victim/

https://hausa.legit.ng/news/1482031-ina-tausaya-wa-sauran-da-ke-hannun-yan-taadda-fasinjan-jirgin-asa-da-ya-kubuta-ya-magantu/ (HAUSA)

Court Declares Invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer’s House Illegal, Awards N100milliom Against Nigerian Army, DSS

22/07/22

A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State has declared the invasion of the residence of Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, by the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigerian police as illegal and unconstitutional.

The court also awarded the sum of N100million aggravated damages against the security agencies involved in the invasion.

Recall that four persons including two members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and two policemen were killed in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State, after a combined team of soldiers and policemen invaded the home of Ejiofor.
The presiding judge, Justice H. A. Nganjiwa, while delivering his judgment in a fundamental rights enforcement suit marked, FHC/AWK/CS/56/2021, declared that the brutal invasion of the ancestral home of the lawyer on June 6, 2021, was oppressive, illegal and a gross violation of his rights to life, dignity of human person, fair hearing, right to private and family life.

The court also ordered the Nigerian Army, the DSS, the Nigerian police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and others to pay the sum of N100million as compensation to the lawyer.

The court also declared as illegal and unlawful, the taking away and subsequent burning of Ejiofor’s Toyota Car with Registration No. YAB 60 CB together with the dead body of Mr. Samuel Okoro, and other vital documents and valuables seized from the lawyer’s house by the security
agents.

Nganjiwa further made an order restraining the the Nigerian government and security agents from further harassing, threatening or taking further steps in an attempt to terminate the life of the applicant.

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https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/07/alleged-invasion-of-ipob-lawyers-home-court-awards-n100-million-against-army-police-others/

https://punchng.com/invasion-dss-others-to-pay-kanus-lawyer-n107m/

Nigeria: Terrorists Kidnap Lawyer On His Farm, Demand N30m Ransom In Zamfara

19/07/22

Suspected terrorists have kidnapped a young lawyer, identified as Shamwilu Abdullahi on his farm at Gidan Ango in the Magami District of Gusau local government area of Zamfara State.

SaharaReporters learnt that he was kidnapped last Thursday.

It was gathered that the terrorists have contacted his family and demanded a ransom of N30 million for his release.

“But after several negotiations between his father, Sheikh Abdullahi Dalla Dallaglio Gusau and the terrorists, the ransom was reduced to N15 million,” a source close to the family told SaharaReporters.

All efforts to get the reaction of the Nigeria Police Force, Zamfara State Command, were unsuccessful. The spokesperson for the state police command, Muhammed Shehu, told SaharaReporters that he would get back but never did. Subsequent efforts to reach him on his mobile phone were not successful as he did not answer the calls and also did not reply to the text message sent to him.

Last Sunday, SaharaReporters also reported that gunmen suspected to be terrorists killed 16 persons in the Dangulbi community, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

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https://saharareporters.com/2022/07/19/terrorists-kidnap-lawyer-his-farm-demand-n30m-ransom-zamfara

https://saharareporters.com/2022/07/19/trial-suspected-kidnappers-nigerian-lawyer-ozekhome-others-stalled-over-absence-accused

Nigeria: Female Lawyer Odera Onumajulu Shot By Kidnappers Dies After Battling For Survival For One-month

25/06/22

A female lawyer, who was shot by her abductors in Owerri, Imo State capital on May 22, has passed on after battling for her life for one month.

The victim Odera Onumajulu was also a customary court inspector. She died on Wednesday.

Onumajulu was kidnapped in front of her house and shot before she was released.

The Nigeria Bar Association, Owerri branch, reacted to the development through its secretary Chinedu Agu on Thursday. The NBA said it was saddened by the death of the female lawyer.

“Before the ugly incident, Onumajulu was a customary court inspector attached to the Customary Court of Appeal and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2016.

“It is very sad how another colleague has become a victim in the ravaging insecurity in Imo,”
 Agu said.

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https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/309535/imo-state-court-inspector-dies-after-being-shot-by-kidnapper.html

https://dailypost.ng/2022/06/23/gunmen-abduct-doctor-lawyer-five-others-in-kogi/

Nigeria: 29-year-old Female Lawyer Killed By Terrorists In Abuja-Kaduna Train Bombing

30/03/22

During the attack, many passengers were feared kidnapped, others shot dead and unascertained number of the passengers also sustained various degrees of injury.

A 29-year-old lawyer identified as Farida Sule Mohammed was killed during the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday.

The deceased was the daughter of the National Organising Secretary of the Peoples Redemption Party, Mallam Sule Mohammed.

SaharaReporters had reported how terrorists bombed the Abuja-Kaduna train en route Rigasa destination with hundreds of passengers on-board.

During the attack, many passengers were feared kidnapped, others shot dead and unascertained number of the passengers also sustained various degrees of injury.

Confirming Farida’s death, Babatunde Alli, PRP National Secretary said, “We have tragically and unfortunately lost Farida Sule Mohammed, a 29 years old (almost 30 actually) daughter of our amiable National Organising Secretary, Mallam Sule Mohammed, in the banditry attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train yesterday.

“Our Chairman, Mallam Falalu Bello OFR, and the father of this slain heroine are currently at the hospital to collect the corpse. This indeed is a sober moment for the entire PRP family.

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https://www.nairaland.com/7053833/farida-sule-mohammed-lawyer-killed

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/03/abuja-kaduna-train-tragedy-politician-medical-doctor-unionist-among-dead-passengers/

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