In criminal law, all acts or omissions which amount to crimes are not punished at all times. There are situations in which due to the circumstances of the case, some defences can be raised to Continue reading “GENERAL DEFENCES TO CRIMINAL LIABILITY”
The Right to Freedom of Expression
In every democratic society, each and every member of the society is granted the right to freedom of expression. In Nigeria, this right is Continue reading “THE OFFENCE OF SEDITION IN NIGERIA”
The State can aptly be considered as an embodiment of the people. The state is represented by the government and thus, anyone who tries to overthrow the state or the government, is also attacking the people. Attacking the state through Continue reading “TREASON AND TREASONABLE FELONY”
The Offence of Robbery
The vice of robbery is something that has plagued humanity for as long as can be remembered. As a result, different societies over the years have criminalised this vice. The Nigerian society is not left out. This vice has been criminalised by Continue reading “ROBBERY AND ARMED ROBBERY”
The Offence of Fraud
The crime of fraud is popularly known in casual parlance as “419”. This is due to the fact that this offence is located in S.419 of the Criminal Code. Fraud occurs everywhere in the world. It is however Continue reading “OBTAINING BY FALSE PRETENCE (FRAUD)”
The law provides protection for the property of members of the society. This is achieved through the Continue reading “House Breaking and Burglary”
The law doesn’t just frown on the offence of stealing, it is also clearly against the offering of aid to a person who steals. One of the ways that the law deals with the act of aiding a thief is by the criminalisation of the act of receiving stolen property. The offence of receiving stolen property is contained in Continue reading “THE OFFENCE OF RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY”
One of the purposes of law in human society is the protection of property. Thus the law frowns at the taking of a person’s property without his real consent. In the Nigerian situation, stealing is also frowned upon, both legally and morally. The society would go on towards lawlessness if the property of members of the society could be unjustly taken by any other person. This explains why theft/stealing has been made Continue reading “THE OFFENCE OF THEFT/STEALING”
What is Conspiracy?
This simply means a secret plan by a group of people to do something harmful or illegal. For there to be conspiracy, there must be an agreement between two or more persons to prosecute an unlawful purpose through an unlawful means.
According to the provision of S.516 of the Criminal Code, anyone who conspires to commit a felony would, except another punishment is provided, be liable to Continue reading “THE CRIME OF CONSPIRACY”
What is An Inchoate Offence?
An inchoate offence is an attempt to commit an offence which doesn’t come into fruition. In inchoate offences, the defendant is expected to have relatively come close to the achievement of his criminal objective.
The rationale behind punishing inchoate offences is due to the fact that Continue reading “INCHOATE OFFENCE/ATTEMPT”