Dec 23, 2014

Various penalties for crimes & offences under Nigerian law

I attended a military secondary school in the heart of Abeokuta and trust me, aside from the regular koboko (horse whips), we had a fine array of punishments that students were subject to when it came to discipline. They included: manual labour, plant-your-pot, crawling on gravel with your bare knees, frog jumps and a host of many others. Anyone who attended a military school must have a fair idea of what I am talking about.

Likewise, under Nigerian law, there are a number of punishments that courts can order to discipline erring offenders, they include- 

  • Capital Punishment
Meaning a person can be sentenced to death. This is usually ordered for very serious crimes such as murder.
  • Caning
Wheneever a male person who in the opinion of the court has not attained 17 years has been found guilty of an offence, the court may in addition to or in substitution for any other punishment to which he is liable.
  • Forfeiture
When a person is convicted of certain offences, the court may, in addition to or in lieu of any penalty which may be imposed, order the forfeiture to the State of any property which has passed in connection with the commission of the offence.
  • Imprisonment
Persons found guilty of crimes may also be sentenced to serve prison jail terms.
  • Fines
The courts may order a found guilty of a criminal act to pay a fine.
  • Prerogative
The prerogative of mercy can be exercised in accordance with the constitution. 

Adedunmade Onibokun, Esq



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