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DECRIMINALISATION OF VAGRANCY LAWS

Updated: Jul 15, 2023

Lawyers Alert V Federal Republic of Nigeria ECW/CCJ/APP/25/21


DO SECTIONS 405, 406, AND 407 OF THE PENAL CODE CONTRADICT THE PROVISIONS OF THE AFRICAN CHARTER ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS?


Lawyers Alert brought an action against the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the Community Court of ECOWAS in Abuja, FCT seeking the interpretation of Sections 405, 406, and 407 of the Penal Code of Nigeria, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963 and asking the court to pronounce same as vagrancy laws that should have no place in our statute books.


The action is still pending at the ECOWAS Court.


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