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Sources Of Nigerian Constitution And Law



Nigeria Constitution

Every country including Nigeria has its own law. These laws are usually written in a legal document called the constitution. Nigeria has a constitution and the constitution validates every institution in the country. The constitution also contains the rights and duties of every Nigerian. The Nigerian Constitution is supreme as it helps the 3 arms of government govern the country.

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Major Sources Of The Nigerian Constitution

There are several ⭐sources of the Nigerian constitution⭐ that the Nigerian constitution was adopted from. They include sources such as written constitution documents, customary law, historical documents, international law, law made by the legislative arm of the government.

Laws Made By The Legislative Arm Of Government

The legislative arm make the law in Nigeria. The Nigeria legislative arm at the Federal level is made up of the House of Representative and the Senate with 360 Honourables and 109 Senators respectively. There is a state House of Assembly in all the 36 states of Nigeria. The legislators make law at either the state level or the federal level.

Written Constitution Documents And Previous Constitutions

Nigeria has over the years several written laws. Different constitutions were made at different period of time. Before a new constitution is produced, there will be a need to review the current one. The current constitution used by Nigeria was enacted on 29 May 1999.

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Customary Law

Customs are rules that have existed from time immemorial and has obtained the force of law in a particular locality. They are usually reviewed and have to be accepted generally before being integrated into the new constitution. If some customs are not widely accepted, they may not be part of the written constitution but will be obeyed by the members of the society that have such custom.

Writing Of Eminent Lawyers And Jurists

Writings on eminent lawyers such as Chief Obafemi Awolowo who wrote “Thoughts on Nigerian Constitution”, Chief Anthony Enahoro who wrote “Constitutional Practices in Nigeria” and Chief ERA. Williams “Constitutional Laws” are some of the sources of the constitution. Some of these lawyers were involved in governance at some point in Nigeria and held political positions at a point. They were respected when they were alive and defended the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians at some point in time. Other lawyers & jurists who have distinguished themselves particularly in the field of law and are regarded as authorities in this field are also sources of the constitution.

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International Laws

Most fundamental human rights are derived from International law. Other materials needed for a country to make its constitution can be derived from several international laws. These laws are usually generic in nature and have become the standard accepted by most nations of the world. Citizenship of a country by birth or from a child parents is one that can also be said to be derived from international law.

The Nigeria constitution also has the British law as one of its sources. This is because they were the colonial masters of Nigeria and the country government was initially modelled after them. The British were the ones who named the country, Nigeria.

Historical Documents

Nigeria constitutions have historical documents as one of its sources. Decisions and verdicts made by the courts especially the Supreme Court are part of documents used when making the Nigeria constitution.

Other sources of the Nigerian constitution include

  • Independence and constitutional conferences
  • Organic laws (Special legislative rules that fill the gaps left by the written constitutional document in the determination of constitutional rules)
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Breaking: UAE lifts visa ban on Nigerians



Tinubu and Uae ambassador

In a significant development, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially lifted the visa restrictions that were previously imposed on Nigerian travelers. This announcement came from the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, following a Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by President Bola Tinubu.

“I can tell you that the agreement has been reached and effective from today, Nigerian passport holders intending to travel to the UAE are able to do so,” Idris confirmed.

The lifting of these restrictions marks the end of a prolonged diplomatic dispute between the two nations. The UAE initially imposed the visa ban due to several unresolved issues, including financial disputes. Notably, Dubai’s Emirates airline had suspended flight operations to Nigeria over the Central Bank of Nigeria’s inability to remit an estimated $85 million in revenue to the UAE.

In June, after extensive negotiations, the Nigerian government reassured its citizens that the visa ban would soon be lifted. The government also announced that it had paid 98% of the $850 million owed to the UAE, paving the way for this positive outcome.

Further details on the agreement will be provided later today, as mentioned by Minister Idris. This development is expected to strengthen bilateral relations and promote travel and trade between Nigeria and the UAE.

Stay tuned for more updates as the full details of the agreement are released. For now, Nigerian travelers can start planning their trips to the UAE, free from previous travel restrictions.


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I’m leaving PDP for APC – Gov Umahi of Ebonyi State



The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, told the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja on Tuesday that he was leaving the party.

He said he would join the ruling All Progressives Congress which he claimed would protect the interest of the South-East in the 2023 elections.

Our correspondent gathered that Umahi told the members of the National Working Committee of the PDP that his decision to join  the APC was irrevocable.

The members of the PDP NWC, who were led to the meeting by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, were said to have tried in vain to convince the governor not to abandon the party.

Apart from Secondus, among those that were at the meeting at the Ebonyi Governor’s Lodge in Abuja were Deputy National Secretary, Agbo Emmanuel; National Organising Secretary, Austin Akobondu; Financial Secretary, Abdullahi  Maibasira;  National Women Leader, Mariya Waziri  and Senator Sulieman Nazif.

The governor was said to be friendly when he received the PDP delegation, but stuck to his decision to leave the PDP when the issue came up.

It was gathered that the PDP delegation impressed it upon the governor that there was no need leaving the PDP for the APC, which they argued had become unpopular.

Sources at the meeting, however, said the governor was not convinced, insisting that  the APC was planning to zone the 2023 Presidency to the South-East.

He was said to have promised to stay in the PDP if the party could make a pronouncement that it would zone the Presidency to the same zone.

One of the sources said, “I think his (governor’s) mind was made up. We told him there was no need for him to abandon the party that had made him a deputy governor, state chairman of the party, two-time governor and all that. But he refused.

 “He wanted us to unilaterally zone the office of the Presidency to his area. We cannot do that. Parties are not run that way. He told us he was leaving. That is what we got from him.’’

When contacted, Secondus confirmed that the party’s leadership met with Umahi.

 He, however, refused to declared the details of the meeting, insisting that the meeting was on ‘‘national issues.’’

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We Spent ₦2.2 Billion On Prayers Against Boko Haram – Adariko



An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission investigating officer, Adariko Michael, on Tuesday, alleged that N2.2 billion was spent on prayers in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to win the war against Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.
Mr. Michael was giving evidence as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the trial of Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (ONSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan, in the alleged two billion dollars arms deal fraud.

Others charged with Mr. Dasuki, a retired colonel, are a former General Manager with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited, and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

The EFCC charged them with 32 counts bordering on misappropriation, criminal breach of trust, dishonest release and receiving various sums of money before Husseini Baba-Yusuf.

Led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, Mr Micheal said N750 million was allegedly transferred from the ONSA special account to Reliance Referral Hospital Limited’s account with First Bank.

He added that N650 million was also transferred to Acacia Holding Limited’s account with EcoBank, while another N600 million and N200 million were transferred to the company’s account with UBA.

“Between September 27, 2013, and April 16, 2015, N50 million was credited to Reliance Referral Hospital’s account.

“Based on responses from the banks involved, as investigating officer, we found out that money was transferred to several individuals and companies.

“When we went through the account statement, we asked the second defendant (Aminu Babakusa) the reason for this.

“He informed us that the money was used to hire clerics to pray for the nation as regards Boko Haram crisis.

“When we asked him to provide the names, contacts and phone numbers of the clerics he hired to pray for the nation, he mentioned only two,” he said.

Mr Dasuki spent four years in detention, following his arrest in 2015 over alleged misappropriation of N2.2 billion meant for arms purchase during his time as National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan

After the Federal Government had consistently failed to honor court orders granting him bail, including an ECOWAS court judgment in 2016, he was finally released on December 24, 2019

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