Criminal Law in Nigeria in the last 53 Years: Trends and Prospects for the Future
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University of Danubius
The article examined developments in substantive criminal law in Nigeria over a period of 53 years against the background of the sharing of legislative powers to enact criminal laws between the federal and state governments. The examination of federal laws revealed proactive legislative activity responding to emerging local and international criminal law issues. The main development at the state level is the introduction by States in Northern Nigeria of Sharia Penal Codes and the enactment of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. The paper noted common trends in the development of criminal laws and the fact that state criminal laws have generally failed to respond to emerging issues at the state level. The paper identified criminal law issues that States and the Federal Government should address.
Criminal law developments in Nigeria , Bribery and Corruption , Retroactive Penal Legislations , Sharia Penal Code Law in Northern Nigeria , The Death Penalty
Acta Universitatis Danubius Juridica, , 9(1), pp. 15-37.