Feb. 21 (THEWILL) – A Federal High Court in Lagos has upheld a request to compel Federation Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami (SAN) to implement the anti-torture law.
Judge Tijjani Garba Ringim approved the request by the Media Rights Agenda (MRA) following a request by his lawyer, Bankeye Akinwale.
MRA said that despite the enactment of the law in 2017, several Nigerians, including journalists, are subjected to torture by law enforcement officials and non-state actors.
The organization noted that the AGF had refused to act on its letter of August 20, 2021 which asked it to fulfill the legal obligation imposed by law.
After reading the affidavit filed by MRA Program Officer John Gbadamosi and the exhibits by Akinwale, Judge Ringim granted the request.
The judge allowed the organization to seek a mandamus order against Malami on the following measures:
“A statement that the Attorney General’s failure to issue rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the Anti-Torture Act 2017, as imposed on him by Section 11, constitutes a breach of the law ;
“A mandamus order compelling the Attorney General to perform the duty imposed upon him by section 11 of the Act;
“A mandamus order requiring AGF to execute the request contained in MRA’s letter of demand dated August 20, 2021 issued on August 23, 2021, by which MRA asked it to take the rules and regulations for a effective work;
“An order directing the Attorney General to pay the organization the sum of N5 million as exemplary and aggravated damages for the flagrant breach of Section 11 of the Anti-Torture Act 2017.”