Lawyers Demand A Review of Nigeria’s Criminal Code

Nov 5, 2011 – Lagos Lawyers demand a review of Nigeria’s Criminal Code

Some lawyers in Lagos have called for the review of Nigeria’s Criminal Code to reflect current trends; dismissing the current version as old fashioned and archaic.

Jude Ogbodo, a lawyer, said that the criminal code were handed down to Nigeria by the British colonial administration and were over 100 years old.

According to him, the laws were made for Commonwealth countries, most of which have since amended theirs, while Nigeria remains stagnant.

To run an effective criminal justice system, there has to be regard for changing development and the history of the people,” he said. “This should form the basis for the enactment of a country’s criminal laws. Most offences today are committed with impunity because there is knowledge of the never changing sanctions which range from fines to two-year imprisonment.”

Eni Olaniyan argued that no law should be static as it is meant to serve the interest of the public and not the other way round.

The social circumstances of the past are different from the present,” he said. “There is growth in population and enlightenment, and upon this bedrock, laws cannot remain the same.”

According to Olaniyan, certain sections of the criminal law should be amended to reflect the present.

4 thoughts on “Lawyers Demand A Review of Nigeria’s Criminal Code

  1. Not only criminal code should be review,but some section of our natioal constitution such as,the section that says that any mineral resource that is 200 feet and above beneath the earth crust belongs to the federal Govt. should be review.b/cos this is cheating on the niger delta states.now state that has mineral that is below 200 ft is taping those resource just 4 themselves therby cheatin others

  2. I share the same view with you my learned collique but i want to add that Nigerian society is ahead of laws given to us by the colonial masters.And it need a total overhauling .

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