Kemi Okenyodo

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 Abuja, 10 August 2017–With deep sorrow, the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative (otherwise known as Partners West Africa Nigeria, PWAN) have learned of the passing of Prof. Abdulraufu Mustapha. Mustapha was a Professor of African Politics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He passed onto glory on Tuesday 8th of August 2017, after months of a courageous battle against stomach cancer.

Until his death at the age of 63, Prof. Mustapha, a political scientist of world renown, served as the Chairman, Board of Directors of the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative. His insight and contributions have been crucial to our successes over the past one year. Prof.


Fact Sheet: Women in Formal and Non Formal Security in Nigeria

In a quest for different security experiences and priorities, the United Nations Security Council in year 2000 adopted Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 to create a gender equal, gender-sensitive and gender-responsive security sector. The efforts at gender mainstreaming in peace and security have been accompanied by state-level attempts to increase the participation of women in security sector. However, despite all the frameworks, agenda setting, national action plan advocacy and training, progress made in improving women’s participation in security structures, and processes has been chequered.

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Policy Brief- Non State Security Providers in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges

The Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative (also known as Partners West Africa-Nigeria) commissioned a nationwide mapping of non-state security providers as part of its programme on Promoting Informed Dialogue on Security (PRIDES). The research utilised a combination of key informant interviews (KIIs) and focused group discussions (FGDs) with security personnel, commanders of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, community leaders and coordinators of the various non-state actors in different states. A desk review was also carried out in five out of the six geo-political zones of the country: North East, North Central, North West, South East and South West, except for the South-South zone.

The mapping focused on key underlying issues that bordered on the primary functions, composition,

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Policy Brief- Measures to Strengthen Accountability of Judicial Officials

This brief identifies the background to the Social Accountability Project in the Justice Sector in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and in Kano State in north-west Nigeria. It captures the summary of the major findings; provides justification for the study and findings; and makes recommendations on policies for implementation to aid access to courts, engender accountability and ensure efficiency in the justice sector in the Federal Capital and in Kano State.

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Presentation on the findings of the Court Observation, Court User Satisfaction User Survey and Case Monitoring Quarter 3

The Judicial Integrity Project is an 8-month project being implemented by the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative (also known as Partners West Africa – Nigeria) *with support from the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).  Partners West Africa – Nigeria, worked closely with the Nigeria Bar Association Abuja and Kano branches, FCT and Kano State Judiciary, Sharia, Federal High & Industrial Courts Kano.

The major objective of this project is to increase civil society’s access to government information as a tool to fight judicial corruption, increase citizens’ access to justice and expand citizens’ engagement with the government. We realize that this can only be achieved by increasing the capacity of civil society to access information on judicial process.


Legal aid still not adequate for FCT court users

The Judicial Integrity Project which commenced in 2016, continued its court observation exercise after the release of findings from the first quarter. In that quarter, the findings revealed that 59% of the time, the courts observed in Abuja sat, with 61% cases on the cause list attended to.

The release of second quarter observation held on 28th of March 2017 revealed amongst others that staff support (99%) is visibly adequate for the FCT Judiciary, however constitutional guarantees such as legal aid services / assistances (21%) and facilities to aid access with disabilities (34%) are still poor in the courts.


The PWAN project team and Representatives from the FCT Judiciary at Q2 release of findings




Enhancing Judicial Integrity: Arrest of court judges

The events unfolding since Saturday 8th October 2016 involving the State Security Services, SSS (or the Department of State Security Services, DSS) and arrest of judicial officers have been cause for concern. The arrests over allegations of corruption came at an auspicious time given that in July 2016 we launched our Judicial Integrity Project aimed at increasing social accountability of our judicial sector. Stakeholders within and outside the judicial sector agree on the need to cleanse the judicial system and rid it of corruption.

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Governance, Accountability, and Security in Nigeria

As in much of Africa, the vast majority of security threats facing Nigeria are internal, often involving irregular forces such as insurgents, criminal gangs, and violent religious extremists.

Effectively combating such threats requires cooperation from local communities—cooperation limited by low levels of trust in security forces who often have reputations for corruption, heavy-handedness, and politicization. Tackling modern security threats, then, is directly tied with improving the governance and oversight of the security sector, especially the police.

Key paths forward include clarifying the structure of command and oversight, strengthening merit-based hiring and promotion processes, and better regulating private and voluntary security providers.

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