THE RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED PERSON UNDER THE NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM

THE RIGHTS OF AN ACCUSED PERSON UNDER THE NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM

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ABSTRACT

Under the Nigerian criminal justice the constitutional right of an accused person is enshrined in Section 35 and 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 such rights include, the right to be informed promptly in the language that he understands, the details and nature of the offence of the accused, the right to be given adequate time to prepare his defence, the right to defend himself in person or by legal practitioner of his own choice, the right to have an interpreter free of charge if he does not understand the language of the court, the right to have record of the proceeding kept and the right to have copies of this within seven days of the conclusion of the case, the right to remain silent during the trial, the right not to be tried and convicted twice for the same offence, the right to be presumed innocent until he is proved guilty and the right not to be charged for an unwritten offence. All these rights aimed at ensuring that an accused person is not unjustly dealt with. Also the relevant provisions in CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ACT and the CHILD RIGHT ACT shed more light on the rights of an accused person in criminal trials. The thesis in its totality is channeled toward making sure that Nigerians are fully informed/aware of their rights especially the accused person and how it could be enforced. This project will not seek to look at the rights generally but most importantly the right of an accused person vis-a-vis the relevant provisions.


TABLE OF CASES

Aliu Bello V the Attorney General of Oyo State (1986) 5 NWLR 828

Dele Giwa V Inspector General of Police 6 NCLR 369

Dogo V Commissioner of Police (pt.1980) 1 NCR 14, 17

Domini Peter Ekannen V Assistant Inspector General of Police (2008) All FWLR (pt.420) 77, 775

Gani Fawehinmi V Abacha (1998) 1 HRLRA

Liversidge V Anderson (1942) AC206, 244

Nigeria Custom Prison Service V Adekeye (2002) 7 S.C (pt.111) P.188, 195

Ogoli V Federal Republic of Nigeria (2002) 10 NSCQR (pt.1) 498

Olufeagba V Abdur-Raheem (2010) All FWLR (pt.512) 1033, 1042

Shugaba Darman V Minister of Internal Affairs (1981) 2 NCLR 459

Thomas & four other V Timothy Olufosoye (1966) All NLR 178

Tori V National Park Service of Nigeria (2009) All FWLR (pt.495) 1779, 1789

Uwaekweghinya V State (2005) 1 NCC 369, 379

Uwazurike V Attorney General of the Federation (2009) All FWLR (pt.489) 549, 553

 


 

TABLE OF STATUTES

·                Child Right Act cap 50 LFN 2004

·                Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, Cap 24, LFN 2004

·                Criminal Procedure Act, Laws of Southern Nigeria

·                Criminal Procedure Code, Laws of Northern Nigeria

·                Laws of Kwara State of Nigeria Vol.1 Cap 29

·                Legal Aid Act Cap.L9 Vol.8 LFN 2004

·                Promulgation of Cap.10 (Ratification and Enforcement ACT) LFN 1990

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

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ABULSJ:

Ahmadu Bello University Law Society Journal

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AC:

Appeal Cases

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CAP:

Chapter

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FWLR:

Federal Weekly Law Report

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HRLRA:

Human Right Law Reports of Africa

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LFN:

Law of the Federation of Nigeria

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NCC:

Nigeria Constitutional Cases

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NCLR:

Nigerian Constitutional Law Reports

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NLR:

Nigeria Law Reports

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NSCQR:

Nigerian Supreme Court Quarterly Report

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NWLR:

Nigeria Weekly Law Report

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P:

Page

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SC:

Supreme Court

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UILSSJ

University of Ilorin Law Student Society Journal

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Vol:

Volume

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENT

Title Page    -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        i

Certification -       -        -        -        -        -        -        -        ii

Dedication  -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        iii

Acknowledgement-        -        -        -        -        -        -        iv

Abstract      -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        v

Table of Content  -        -        -        -        -        -        -        vi

Table of Cases-    -        -        -        -        -        -        -        vii

Table of Statutes  -        -        -        -        -        -        -        viii

List of Abbreviations     -        -        -        -        -        -        ix

CHAPTER ONE: GENERAL INTRODUCTION     -        1

1.1.         Introduction         -        -        -        -        -        -        -        1

1.2.         Background to the study         -        -        -        -        -        1

1.3.         Statement of the problem        -        -        -        -        -        2

1.4.         Objective of the study    -        -        -        -        -        3

1.5.         Purpose of the study      -        -        -        -        -        3

1.6.         Methodology        -        -        -        -        -        -        4

1.7.         Definition of terms         -        -        -        -        -        -        4

1.8.         Literature review  -        -        -        -


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