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Nigeria: National Assembly to Consider Anti-Terrorism Bill

(Jan. 13, 2010) Reportedly motivated by the United States' measure that put Nigeria on the terrorist watch list, the Nigerian National Assembly is gearing up to conduct a second reading of an anti-terrorism bill, “An Act to Provide for Measures to Combat Terrorism and Related Matters,” which has been tabled twice but generally ignored for […]

Nigeria: Several Nigerian States Urged to Adopt Federal Child Protection Law

(Dec. 4, 2009) It was reported on November 23, 2009, that on the occasion marking the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly, Dr. Suomi Sakai, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, called on Nigerian states that have yet to adopt the Federal […]

Nigeria: New Agency to Monitor How Federal Government Spends Tax Payers Money

(Oct. 16, 2009) It was reported on October 16, 2009, that the Nigerian House of Representatives is working on a bill for an “Act for the Creation of the National Office of Government Performance and Accountability of 2009,” which if passed will create a congressional watchdog to make the federal government more accountable and efficient. […]

Nigeria: Government Urges Nigerians Abroad to Respect Laws of Host Countries

(Sept. 2, 2009) It was reported on August 29, 2009, that the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in which it acknowledged that a large number of Nigerians abroad have had run-ins with the laws of their host countries. The statement noted that this problem has put a strain on the daily activities […]

Nigeria: Bill Making Electronic Materials Admissible in Court Proposed

(July 15, 2009) It was reported on July 13, 2009, that the Nigerian senate is considering adoption of the Bill for an Act to Amend the Evidence Act, which would make electronic and computer-generated materials admissible in court. (Sufuyan Ojeifo, Text Messages to Become Admissible in Court, THISDAY, July 13, 2009, available at The […]

Nigeria: Man Flogged and Put on Probation for Stealing Eggs

(June 29, 2009) On June 16, 2009, a magistrate court in the city of Abuja, Nigeria's capital, ordered that a man be flogged for stealing three crates of eggs from a store, in lieu of a jail sentence. The accused pleaded guilty to theft charges but asked for a lighter sentence, and so the magistrate, […]

Nigeria: Senate to Create Body to Monitor, Check Excesses of Anti-Graft Agencies

(June 9, 2009) David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor “the perceived excesses” of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His comment was made at a public hearing that just opened on the EFCC Amendment Bill. Mark […]

Nigeria: National Assembly to Expand Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Mandate

(May 28, 2009) It was reported on May 21, 2009, that the Nigerian National Assembly is working on amending the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Act of 1988, a law that established and regulates the powers of the NDIC. The intent of the legislature is to expand the NDIC powers, to enable it to take […]

Nigeria: Bill Granting More Powers to Auditor-General Rejected

(May 14, 2009) It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled “Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the office of the Auditor General of the Federation and for matters connected therewith,” was refused a […]