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Nov 28, 2015

LEGAL AGE FOR SEX IN NIGERIA


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For the purposes of determining the legal age of sexual consent, we shall be relying on the provisions of the Child Rights Act (2003). However, we must understand that the in 2003, Nigeria adopted the Child Rights Act to domesticate the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although this law was passed at the Federal level, it is only effective if State Assemblies also enact it. To date, only about 16 of the country's 36 States have passed the Act.  The Act aims to promote and protect the rights of children and it is quite important that other states in Nigeria yet to adopt same do so in the interest of the children of that state.

With regard to sexual intercourse with children, the Act provides in Section 31, that-

Nov 24, 2015

HOW SELF DEFENSE WORKS



 
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What will you do if an angry colleague with whom you had a heated argument earlier in the day is running towards you with a knife, obviously with the intention of doing you harm? I am guessing if you do not have a way of protecting yourself, you had probably run away but what if you had a gun, would you shoot your assailant? And if you did shoot him, will self – defense avail you in court?

Let’s begin by delving into what the self –defense as a defense stands for?

Nov 23, 2015

QUOTE


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Of course people are getting smarter nowadays, they are letting lawyers instead of their conscience be their guides.

- Will Rogers
American Actor & Humorist.  

DID YOU KNOW: CYBER TERRORISM



 
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Any person that accesses or causes to be accessed any computer or computer system or network for purposes of terrorism, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to life imprisonment.

Section 18, Cyber crime (Prohibition, prevention) Act 2015

ROBBING AN ATM

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I remember a scene from the movie Fast and Furious 6 where Ludacris, a member of Dominick Torredo’s team, manipulated an ATM (Automated Teller Machine) and money began spewing from it, you can imagine how people on the streets must have rushed to pick up the notes as they spilled out. So after hearing about a failed ATM burglary in the news someday, my friends and I debated how easy or difficult it must be to burgle one, a look at the metal machine seems to somehow say I am not giving up any money except you type in a password. Sadly, the reported thief in the news could not get any money out of the machine but ended up in a jail cell. 

Trying to break into or manipulate an ATM is a serious crime with serious consequences in Nigeria as espoused in the Cyber Crimes (prohibition, Prevention) Act, 2015. The law in Section 30 states that:

Nov 20, 2015

DID YOU KNOW:PENALTY FOR RAPE




A person commits rape when he or she intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus, mouth or any other opening of another’s person’s body without the person’s consent. Also if the consent was obtained by force, intimidation or threats or fear of any kind or by misrepresentation of the act

Such offender may be found liable to imprisonment for life, however when the victim is below 14 years, the offender shall be liable to a minimum of 14 years in prison, in other cases to a minimum of 12 years in prison without an option of fine. In the case of rape by a group of persons, such group shall be liable to imprisonment for a minimum of 20 years collectively.

DID YOU KNOW: LEGAL AGE FOR MARRIAGE IN NIGERIA

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No person under the age of 18 years is capable of contracting a valid marriage, and accordingly a marriage so contracted is null and void and
of no  effect whatsoever.

- Section 21, Child Rights Act.

LEGAL PERSONALITY - BABATUNDE FAGBOHUNLU, SAN


If you have ever met Tunde Fagbohunlu, then I don’t have to convince you of how much of a gentleman he is. Or how he radiates poise,is very humble and treats everyone with utmost respect, even younger lawyers. I met Tunde Fagbohunlu for the first time at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, London. The event was about the Lagos Chamber of Arbitration, a subject he is very passionate about. Here are a few things about this gentleman per excellence.

Tunde obtained a Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB honors) from the University of Ife, Ile Ife, Nigeria, and an LLM from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 1987 and 1991 respectively. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted 1988).

DID YOU KNOW: PENALTY FOR HACKERS


Any person, who without authorization, intentionally accesses in whole or in part, a computer system or network for fraudulent purposes and obtain data that are vital to national security, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than 5 years or to a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 or to both fine and imprisonment.

- Section 6(1) Cyber Crimes (prevention, prohibition) Act, 2015