Mar 6, 2017

Did you know these legal facts | Ahudiya Ukiwe

  • That “419” is actually a section of the Nigerian Criminal Code that indicates the offence of obtaining goods by false pretence and its punishment.

  • That it is an offence to dig/construct a borehole without a valid licence from the Minister of Natural Resources. So when considering to dig a borehole or go fetch water from that Oga’s house, be aware that you both could be arrested, courtesy of Sections 9-11 of the Water Resources Act.

  • The shortest law in Nigeria is possibly the Financial Year Act. The Law simply defines what consists of a Financial Year (January 1- December 31) and “datsall”, finish!

  • The Nigerian Constitution expressly encourages inter-ethnic marriage. Sec. 15 (3)(c) of the 1999 Constitution says ” …it shall be the duty of the State to encourage inter-marriage among persons from different places of origin, or of different religious, ethnic or linguistic association or ties;… This should provoke thoughts on the traditions of some states or tribes to only intra marry and never marry “outside”.

  • The Nigerian Government’s primary purpose is “provision of security, welfare”. It is therefore not a favour granted Nigerians but our rights. So says Sec. 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution.

  • There is a law expressly against use of Army colour green on regular vehicles. Whenever we are tempted to swag in camouflage or Army colour greenremember you are contravening Section 1 of the Army Colour Prohibition of Use Act.

  • That all forms of corrupt practices and abuse of power actually ought to be abolished by the Government. Sec 15(5) of the 1999 Constitution states that this is a political objective of the State.

  • There is no existing law or statute providing for the display of pictures of the President and Governors on the walls of organizations.

  • Gaming machines are illegal in Nigeria. So when you watch those Hollywood movies with scenes of jackpot being played, be reminded that you cannot afford such a “luxury” in Nigeria. Gaming Machines (Prohibition) Act.

  • That it is illegal to not display signboards of companies. Section 548 of CAMA provides that every company is to have painted and affixed (and very legibly too), its name and registration number placed in a very conspicuous position for all to see and know who and what you are. However, certain omissions (not failures o) probably should be considered. This is given the level of insecurity and exorbitant taxes levied against companies of certain status and located in certain areas; the ubiquitous presence of the agberos, ever willing to squeeze out irrelevant fees solely assessed by them.

  • It is illegal to appoint persons predominantly of a particular State, region. Section 14(3) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution state that such appointments (Federal or otherwise) should be done to “reflect the federal character of Nigeria… to promote national unity… to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few States or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.” Also, “The composition of the Government of a State, a local government council, or any of the agencies of such Government or council, and the conduct of the affairs of the Government or council or such agencies shall be carried out in such manner as to recognise the diversity of the people within its area of authority and the need to promote a sense of belonging and loyalty among all the peoples of the Federation”.

By - Ahudiya Ukiwe 
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