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Nigeria-law. Criminal Code Act. Chapter Laws of the Federation of Nigeria Arrangement of Sections. The original numbering of. Name: Criminal Code Act () (Chapter 77). Type of legislation: Law, Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, International Centre for Nigerian Law PDF of. Nigerian Criminal Code Act - Criminal Code Act of Nigeria. Free simple book app for Naija. FREE LEGAL INFORMATION IN YOUR MOBILE.

Defence of possession of real property or vessel with claim of right. Exercise of right of way or easement. Correction of child, servant, etc. Use of force for preserving order on board a vessel. Surgical operations. Excessive force. Consent to death immaterial. Duties relating to the Preservation of Human Life.

Duty to provide necessaries. Duty of head of family. Duty of masters. Duty of persons doing dangerous acts. Duty of persons in charge of dangerous things. Duty to do certain acts. Breach of contract of person employed in certain services. Killing of a human being unlawful. When a child becomes a human being. Definition of killing. Death by acts done at childbirth. Causing death by threats. Acceleration of death. When injury or death might be prevented by proper precaution.

Injury causing death in consequence of subsequent treatment. Limitation as to time of death.

Unlawful homicide. Definition of murder. Definition of manslaughter. Killing on provocation. Punishment of murder: Attempt to murder. Attempt to murder by convict.


Accessory after the fact to murder. Written threats to murder. Conspiring to murder. Punishment of manslaughter. Aiding suicide.

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Attempting to commit suicide. Offence of infanticide. Killing unborn child. Concealing the birth of children. Unlawful possession of human head. Offences Endangering Life or Health. Disabling in order to commit felony or misdemeanour. Stupefying in order to commit felony or misdemeanour. Acts intended to cause grievous harm or prevent arrest.

Preventing escape from wreck. Intentionally endangering safety of persons travelling by railway. Grievous harm. Attempting to injure by explosive substances.

Maliciously administering poison with intent to harm. Wounding and similar acts. Failure to supply necessaries. Endangering life or health of apprentices or servants.

Abandoning or exposing children. Setting man-trap. Reckless and negligent acts. Negligent acts causing harm. Sending unseaworthy ship to sea. Endangering safety of persons travelling by railway. Endangering steamships by tampering with machinery.

The like by engineers. Evading laws as to shipping dangerous goods. Landing, etc. Punishment of assault. Assault with intent to commit unnatural offence. Indecent assault on males. Assaults on persons protecting wrecks. Assaults occasioning harm.

Serious assaults. Assaults on Females: Definition of rape. Punishment of rape. Attempt to commit rape. Indecent assaults on females. Abduction of girls under sixteen. Ignorance of age of girl, or consent, no defence. Offences against Liberty: Slave dealing. Deprivation of liberty. Compelling action by intimidation. Compelling action by assault. Concealment of matters affecting liberty.

Offences relating to Marriage and Parental Rights and Duties. Desertion of children. Definition of defamatory matter. Definition of publication. Publication of defamatory matter. Publishing defamatory matter with intent to extort.

Publication of truth for public benefit. Cases in which publication is absolutely privileged. Cases in which publication is conditionally privileged. Publication in a periodical. Protection of innocent sellers of books and newspapers. Part 6. Offences relating to Property and Contracts. Things capable of being stolen. Definition of stealing. Special cases. Funds, etc. Money received for another.

Stealing by persons having an interest in the thing stolen. Husband and wife. Punishment of stealing. Punishment in Special Cases:. Stealing wills. Stealing postal matter, etc. Stealing cattle. Stealing from the person; stealing goods in transit, etc. Stealing by persons in public service. Stealing by clerks and servants. Stealing by directors or officers of companies. Stealing by agents, etc. Stealing property of value of N 1, Stealing by tenants or lodgers. Stealing after previous conviction.

Offences analogous to Stealing. Concealing registers. Concealing wills. Concealing deeds. Killing animals with intent to steal.

Severing with intent to steal. Fraudulently dealing with minerals in mines. Bringing stolen goods into Nigeria. Fraudulent disposition of mortgaged goods. Definition of mortgaged goods; consent of mortgage. Fraudulent appropriation of power. Stealing with Violence: Extortion by Threats. Definition of robbery. Punishment of robbery. Punishment for attempted robbery.

Conspiracy to commit robbery. Definition of firearms and offensive weapons. Public servants demanding property, etc. Assault with intent to steal. Demanding property with menaces with intent to steal. Demanding property by written threats.

Attempts at extortion by threats. Procuring execution of deeds, etc. Entering dwelling-house with intent to commit felony. Breaking into building and committing felony. Breaking into building with intent to commit felony. Breaking into place of worship and committing felony. Breaking into place of worship with intent to commit felony. Persons found armed, etc.

Obtaining Property by False Pretences: Obtaining goods by false pretences. Obtaining credit by false pretences or other fraud. Presumption as to false pretences in certain circumstances. Obtaining execution of a security by false pretences. Conspiracy to defraud. Frauds on sale or mortgage of property.

Pretending to exercise witchcraft or tell fortunes. Obtaining registration, etc. Repealed by Ordinance No. Receiving stolen property, etc. Unlawful possession of arms, etc. Receiving after change of ownership. Having possession of thing reasonably suspected of having been stolen. Unlawfully using animals or vehicles.

Suspicion of stealing animals. Taking reward for recovery of property obtained by means of felony or misdemeanour. Frauds by Trustees and 0fficers of Companies and Corporations: False Accounting. Trustees fraudulently disposing of trust property. Directors and officers of corporations or companies fraudulently appropriating property or keeping fraudulent accounts, or falsifying books or accounts. False statements by officials of companies.

Fraudulent false accounting. False accounting by public officer. Unlawful acts. Acts done with intent to defraud. Attempts to commit arson. Setting fire to crops and growing plants. Attempting to set fire to crops, etc. Casting away ships. Attempts to cast away ships. Obstructing and injuring railways.

Injuring animals. Destroying or damaging an inhabited house or a vessel with explosives. River bank or wall, navigation works or bridges. Wills and registers. Other things of special value. Deeds and records. Attempts to destroy property by explosives. Attempts to injure mines. Interfering with signals used for purposes of navigation. Interfering with navigation works.

Communicating infectious diseases to animals. Removing boundary marks with intent to defraud. Wilful damage, etc. Obstructing railways. Obstructing aircraft. Trespass on aerodrome. Penalties for damage, etc. Sending letters threatening to burn or destroy. Forgery and like Offences: Forgery in General: Further definitions. Definition of forgery. Certain matters immaterial.

Punishment of Forgery and like Offences. Punishment of forgery in general. Public seals, etc. Securities, titles, registers, etc. Bargaining for offices in public service. Offences relating to the Administration of Justice. Definition of judicial proceeding. Punishment of perjury. Evidence on charge of perjury. Fabricating evidence. Corruption of witnesses. Deceiving witnesses. Destroying evidence. Preventing witnesses from attending. Conspiracy to bring false accusation.

Making false statement to public officers with intent. Perverting justice. Compounding felonies. Compounding penal actions. Advertising a reward for the return of stolen or lost property. Delay to take person arrested before a court. Bringing fictitious action on penal Act, Law or Statute. Inserting advertisement without authority of court. Obstructing Officers of Court. Aiding prisoners to escape. Permitting escape.

Negligently permitting escape. Prison officers accessory to breaches of discipline. Rescuing insane persons. Removing, etc. Obstructing officers of courts of justice. Offences relating to the Currency. Counterfeiting gold and silver coin. Preparation for coining gold and silver coin.

Unlawful inquiries with the object of making counterfeit coins. Possession of clippings. Uttering counterfeit current gold or silver coin.

Repeated uttering of counterfeit current gold or silver coin, or possession of several such coins. Offences after previous conviction. Counterfeiting nickel coin. Uttering base nickel coin. Defacing coin by stamping words thereon. Uttering foreign coin, medals, etc. Exporting counterfeit current coin.

Unlawfully importing counterfeit coin. Tender of defaced coin not legal tender: Making, issue and circulation of promissory notes payable to bearer on demand, without authority. Portrayal of Nigerian notes and coins. Offences Relating to Posts and Telecommunications.

Stopping mails. Intercepting telegrams or postal matter. Tampering with telegrams or postal matter. Wilful misdelivery of telegrams or postal matter. Obtaining telegrams or postal matter by false pretences. Secreting letters and telegrams. Fraudulent issue of money orders and postal orders.

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Fraudulent messages respecting money orders. Unlawful franking of letters. Sending dangerous or obscene things by post. Retarding delivery of telegrams or postal matter. Obstructing mails. Penalty on loitering, carelessness in delivery of mails, etc. Fraudulently removing stamps.

Fraudulent evasion of postal laws. Carrying letters otherwise than by post. Illegally making postal envelopes or setting up post office or office for sale of stamps, or imitating post office. Destroying or damaging letter box. Placing injurious substances in or against letter box.

Defacing post office or letter box. Obstructing post and telegraph offices. Obstructing post and telegraph officers in the execution of duty. Contravening exclusive privilege of the Nigerian Postal Services Department.

Negligently injuring telegraphs. Violation of secrecy. Resisting officers. Laying property in postal matter and telegraph works. Miscellaneous Offences against Public Authority. False declaration as to execution of sentence of death. False statements in application for passports. False statements in statements required to be under oath or solemn declaration. False declarations and statements. Shooting at customs boats or officers.

Resisting officers engaged in preventing smuggling.

Resisting customs officers. Resisting public officers. Refusal by public officer to perform duty.

Neglect of peace officer to suppress riot. Neglect to aid in suppressing riot. Neglect to aid in arresting offenders.

Disobedience to Act, Law, or Statute. Disobedience to lawful order issued by constituted authority. Part 4. Acts Injurious to the Public in General. Offences Relating to Religious Worship. Insult to a religion. Offering violence to officiating ministers of religion. Disturbing religious worship. Ordeal, Witchcraft, Juju and Criminal Charms. Unlawful trial by ordeal: Directing, etc. Being present at, or making poison for unlawful trial by ordeal. Offences in relation to witchcraft and juju.

Chiefs permitting unlawful ordeal and prohibited juju worship. Destruction of place where unlawful ordeal or prohibited juju worship is held. Criminal charms. Unnatural offences. Attempt to commit unnatural offences. Indecent treatment of boys under fourteen. Indecent practices between males. Defilement of girls under thirteen. Householder permitting defilement of young girls on his premises. Defence to charge under preceding section.

Defilement of girls under sixteen and above thirteen, and of idiots. Indecent treatment of girls under sixteen. Causing or encouraging the seduction or prostitution of a girl under sixteen. Allowing persons under sixteen to be in brothels. Restriction on defence of reasonable belief. Procuring defilement of woman by threats or fraud, or administering drugs.

Abduction of girl under eighteen with intent to have carnal knowledge. Persons trading in prostitution. Keeping a brothel. Unlawful detention with intent to defile, or in a brothel. Conspiracy to defile. Attempts to procure abortion.

Attempt to procure own miscarriage. Supplying drugs or instruments to procure abortion. Indecent acts. Repealed-by No. Knowledge of age immaterial. Deportation of non-citizens of Nigeria. Chapter 21A. Test of obscenity. Prohibition of publication of obscene matter. Power of search and seizure. Defence of public good. Common nuisances. Gaming houses. Obstructing entry of Police to be evidence of unlawful gaming.

Indemnity of witnesses. Betting houses. Offences relating to lotteries. Recovery of money paid for lottery ticket.

Contract for sale of lottery ticket void. Saying of certain race club lotteries and sweepstakes. Lotteries carried on in clubs with approval of State Commissioner.

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Acting as keeper of brothels, gaming houses, and betting houses. Misconduct with regard to corpses. Offences against Public Health. Adulteration of food or drink intended for sale. Dealing in diseased meat. Fouling water. Burials in houses. Noxious acts. Sale of matches made with white phosphorus: Idle and disorderly persons. Rogues and vagabonds. Bringing contempt on uniform. Part 5. Assaults and Violence to the Person generally; Justification and Excuse.

Definition of assault. Assaults unlawful. Execution of sentence. Execution of process. Execution of warrant. Erroneous sentence or process or warrant. Sentence or process or warrant without jurisdiction. Arrest of wrong person. Irregular process or warrant. Force used in executing process or in arrest. Peace officer preventing escape from arrest. Other cases of preventing escape from arrest. Preventing escape or rescue after arrest. Preventing a breach of the peace. Suppression of riot.

Suppression of riot by peace officers. Suppression of riot by person acting under lawful orders. Suppression of riot by person acting without order in case of emergency. Prevention of offences for which an offender may be arrested without warrant: Defence of dwelling-house. Defence of provocation. Prevention of repetition of insult. Self-defence against unprovoked assault.

Self-defence against provoked assault. Aiding in self-defence. Defence of movable property against trespassers. Defence of movable property with claim of right. Defence of movable property without claim of right.

Defence of premises against trespassers: Defence of possession of real property or vessel with claim of right. Exercise of right of way or easement. Correction of child, servant, etc. Use of force for preserving order on board a vessel. Surgical operations. Excessive force. Consent to death immaterial.

Duties relating to the Preservation of Human Life. Duty to provide necessaries. Duty of head of family. Duty of masters. Duty of persons doing dangerous acts. Duty of persons in charge of dangerous things. Duty to do certain acts. Breach of contract of person employed in certain services. Killing of a human being unlawful. When a child becomes a human being.

Definition of killing. Death by acts done at childbirth. Causing death by threats. LGBT advocates allege that the accused may have been beaten during his detention. Police arrested seven men in January on suspicion of being homosexuals following a quarrel between two of them during which they accused each other of being homosexuals.

Pastors Prince Ejimole and Lawrence Udo were arrested, charged and prosecuted in January for unlawful carnal knowledge after being caught having sex in a Lagos hotel. Sodomy is against the law in Nigeria, and abhorrent to our culture. The culture and morality of a people must be taken into cognizance because it is important to remember that culture and morality are intricately linked with each other. By the beliefs of most Nigerians, same sex marriage is offensive to us as a people.

It needs to evolve. Let us get to that stage of understanding that two men can marry, then we will get to the bridge and cross it. The police charged them of being gays and lesbians. In May, a Nigerian family disowned their lesbian daughter in national newspaper after she had requested for a special marriage license at the federal marriage registry to allow her to consummate a same-sex marriage with other woman. As of November, 27 adults and 13 minors were still awaiting trial on lesser charges under the Lagos State Penal Code.

The hotel owner and two staff members, however, were charged with aiding and abetting homosexual activities. A lesbian woman reportedly fled Nigeria in June despite having children because her family and friends criticised and alienated her for her sexual orientation. The victims were taken onto the streets and beaten with sticks spiked with nails, wires, whips and broken furniture. Some were taken to the police station where officers looked on and insulted them while others joined in slapping and beating them.

The mobs also attempted to burn down the houses of the suspected gay men.Unlawful assembly. Destroying evidence. Neglect of peace officer to suppress riot.

Assaults unlawful. Violation of secrecy.