There is this popular belief that members of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria are never one to actually fight but they can spend hours cursing and gesticulating. A popular comedian once said if you get a Yoruba man angry, he would threaten to hit you by saying words like “I will slap you” but he may never actually hit you but the Warri man whom you have gotten angry will actually slap you first and threaten to slap you later. Kindly provoke someone from one of the tribes mentioned above and share your experience with us. Please I am just kidding, I won’t support or promote street fights anywhere.
However, do you know that slapping someone is an offense?
The Black’s Law Dictionary defines “assault” as the threat or use of force on another that causes that person to have a reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact. Thus if I threaten you with the words “I will slap you” and you reasonably believe that I will harm you, then I have committed an assault. Same goes for using sentences like “I will punch you” or “I will shoot you” or “I go break this bottle for your head”.
The law in Section 351 of the Criminal Code, Chapter C38, LFN 2004 states that; any person who unlawfully assaults another is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable, if no greater punishment is provided to, imprisonment for one year.
The law further provides in Section 355 that; any person who unlawfully assaults another and thereby does him harm, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for three years.
Therefore, next time you feel tempted to assault anyone, please remember this blog post and understand that no one is worth spending one year of your life in prison for.
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