What are the Sources of Nigerian Land Law?

You don’t need a degree in economics to appreciate the importance of land to the survival of a people. Land is one of the essential factors of production and is the direct source for wealth creation.

In the precolonial times, most areas of Nigeria were agrarian communities. This meant that land was the essential means for the people to survive.

The native laws of the different peoples that inhabited Nigeria regulated Nigerian land law in this period. In most parts of the North, Islamic Law regulated land law. In the South, ethnic customary law took prevalence.

All this changed with the advent of colonialism. In contemporary Nigeria, the Land Tenure system is a jumbled mix of the English Common Law, statutes and customary law. Continue reading “What are the Sources of Nigerian Land Law?”

THE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the highest court of appeal in the land[1]. Hence, decisions made by this court are final in Nigeria. There is no further court of appeal.

As a consequence of this, Continue reading “THE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA”

SOURCES OF NIGERIAN LAW

Sources of Nigerian law denote where Nigerian law came from. The major question is that where did we get the present laws that we now call our own? Did they fall from heaven? Where did we get them from? We generally have six sources of Nigerian law they include:  Continue reading “SOURCES OF NIGERIAN LAW”

THE JUDICIARY IN SEPARATION OF POWERS

THE JUDICIARY

The judicial powers of the federation shall be vested in the courts which are established by the constitution;S.6(1) CFRN. These include the power to adjudicate between individuals and between persons and the government s. 6(6). It also extends to interpretation of the constitution (ibid: s. 231(1)). In all, the decision of the court, especially the Supreme Court is final and binding on all authorities and persons in the federation except in Continue reading “THE JUDICIARY IN SEPARATION OF POWERS”

LEGAL REASONING IN JUDICIAL PROCESS

LEGAL REASONING IN JUDICIAL PROCESS

As man carries out his day to day interactions with his fellow man, there is likely to be strife and disagreement amongst them. This necessitates the need for a process of resolving these disputes. This is where the judiciary comes into play. The judiciary is the body of judges in a jurisdiction that administers justice according to the laws of the land. As law students, some of which are likely to end up being judges, it is pertinent that we study the way legal reasoning in the judicial process occurs. Continue reading “LEGAL REASONING IN JUDICIAL PROCESS”

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