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Nigeria: Regional Court Says Government Has Legal Obligation to Provide Free and Compulsory Education to Children

(Dec. 3, 2010) On November 30, 2010, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS CCJ) ruled that the Nigerian government has an obligation to provide free and compulsory education to every Nigerian child (ECOWAS Court Orders Nigeria to Provide Free, Compulsory Education, AFRIQUE AVENIR (Dec. 1, 2010), This […]

Nigeria: Federal Government Sued for Exposing Group to HIV/AIDS

(Nov. 12, 2010) It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of those condoms that allegedly caused the individuals to contract the virus (George Onah, HIV Victims Sue […]

Nigeria: Senate Rejects President’s Proposed Amendment to Election Law

(Oct. 26, 2010) On October 19, 2010, the 109-member Nigerian Senate rejected a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010; that amendment had been proposed by President Johnathan Goodluck. (Kunle Akogun, Senate Blocks Jonathan's Bid to Amend Electoral Act, THIS DAY (Oct. 20, 2010), The most controversial provision of the bill was one which […]

Nigeria: National Assembly Puts Anti-Terrorism and Money Laundering Bills on Hold

(Aug. 16, 2010) It was reported on August 12, 2010, that despite letters to the legislature's leadership from President Goodluck Jonathan urging quick passage, the Nigerian House of Representatives suspended indefinitely deliberation on anti-terrorism and money laundering bills due to disagreements among members on some of their provisions (Philip Nyam, Reps Suspend Debate on Anti […]


(May 20, 2010) It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, available at According to Mobolaji Kuti, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Editor, NMLR will […]

Nigeria: Local Content Bill Signed into Law

(Apr. 30, 2010) On April 22, 2010, Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's Acting President, signed into law the Local Content Bill 2010 [the Act], a piece of legislation designed to increase participation of Nigerian ventures and workforce in the oil sector. (Mohammed S. Shehu & Hamisu Muhammad, Jonathan Signs Local Content Bill into Law, DAILY TRUST, Apr. […]

Nigeria: Court Imposes Gag Order on Facebook and Twitter Users

(Mar. 24, 2010) It was reported on March 23, 2010, that a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria issued a restraining order on users of Facebook and Twitter, stopping them from participating in an online forum created by the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria (CRC), a nonprofit organization. The forum […]

Nigeria: Senate to Create Corporation to Manage Toxic Assets

(Mar. 17, 2010) It was reported on March 11, 2010, that as part of an effort to reform the Nigerian banking industry, the Nigerian Senate is considering a bill that would establish a corporation to deal with “non performing loan assets of banks in Nigeria” (also known as toxic assets). (Cosmas Ekpunobi, Senate Okays Local […]

European Union; Nigeria: Conference Held on Improving Judicial Performance Evaluation System

(Mar. 10, 2010) The European Union, under the Financing Agreement No. 9356/UNI “EU Support to Law Enforcement against Economic and Financial Crimes,” has granted Nigeria's judiciary N5.2 billion (about US$34 million) to help combat economic and financial crime and strengthen judicial integrity and capacity. The grant, funded by the European Development Fund for the period […]

Nigeria: Senate Considering Bill to Impose Harsh Penalties on Corrupt Public Officials

(Feb. 18, 2010) It was reported on February 16, 2010, that the Nigerian Senate is considering a bill, An Act to Provide for the Imposition of Special Punishment on Persons Found Guilty of Economic Sabotage and Other Matters Connected Therewith, which seeks to impose harsh penalties on corrupt public officials. (Sufuyan Ojeifo, Senate Considers Bill […]