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  1. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Anti-Torture Act, 2017. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-11-14 | NGA-2017-L-108562

    The Act establishes torture as a criminal act and provides penalties for cruel and inhumane treatment.

  2. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration, No. 4) Act, 2017. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-10-03 | Date of entry into force: 2018-05-07 | NGA-2017-L-108558

    Amends article 21 of the Constitution.

  3. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Prevention of Crimes (Amendment) Act, 2016. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-10-20 | NGA-2016-L-108560

  4. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-05-23 | NGA-2015-L-104156

    This Act prohibits all forms of violence against persons in private and public life, and provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment of offenders.

  5. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-01 | NGA-2014-L-97399

    Makes it a criminal offence to enter into or be in a same sex relationship. Prohibits the registration of gay clubs, societies and organisations and the public show of same-sex amorous relationships.

  6. Nigeria - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Third Alteration) Act, 2010. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-02-08 | NGA-2011-C-87610

    This Act further alters the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the establishment of the National Industrial Court under the Constitution.

  7. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Electoral (Amendment) Act (No. 2), 2011. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-01-27 | NGA-2011-L-87606

    This Act amends section 9(5) of the Electoral Act, No.6, of 2010 as amended to abridge the time from 60 days to 30 days within which the Independent National Electoral Commission shall stop the registration of voters before any general election under
    the Act.

  8. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Freedom of Information Act, 2011. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011 | NGA-2011-L-87604

    This Act makes public records and information more freely available, provide for public access to public records and information, protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse consequences for disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization and establish procedures for the achievement of those purposes.

  9. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    National Human Rights Commission (Amendment) Act, 2010. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-12-16 | NGA-2010-L-87609

    An Act to amend the National Human Rights Commission Act Cap. N46 of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to provide for, among other things, the independence of the the conduct of the affairs of the Commission, the funds of the Commission to be a direct charge on the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation, establishment of the Human Rights Fund and recognition of and enforcement of the awards and recommendations of the Commission as decisions of the High Court.

  10. Nigeria - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Second Alteration) Act, 2010 (Act No. 2 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-11-29 | NGA-2010-C-87611

    Makes amendments to sections 5, 10, 11, 17, 233, 239, 246, 285 and the Sixth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution.

  11. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Electoral Act, 2010 (No. 6 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-07-29 | NGA-2010-L-87613

    This Act repeals the Electoral Act No.2, 2006 and the Independent National Electoral Commission Act, Cap. 15, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enacts the Electoral Act, 2010 to regulate the conduct of Federal, State and Area Council elections.

  12. Nigeria - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Alteration) Act, 2010 (Act No. 5 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-07-06 | NGA-2010-C-87614

    Makes numerous amendments to the Constitution concerning elections.

  13. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) Act, 2007 (Act No. 25). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-07-30 | NGA-2007-L-87618

    Part I - Establishment of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency
    Part II - Functions and Powers of the Agency and Council
    Part III - Structure of the Agency
    Part IV - Staff of the Agency
    Part V - Financial Provisions
    Part VI - Miscellaneous Provisions

    Repeals the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Act (Cap. F 10, LFN 2004).

  14. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Small and Medium Scale Industries Development Agency Act, 2003 (Act No. 16). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-06-19 | NGA-2003-L-87624

    Establishes the Small and Medium Scale Industries Development Agency Act, sets out its objectives, composition, roles and functions.

  15. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    Environmental Health Officers (Registration, etc.) Act, 2002. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2002-12 | NGA-2002-L-87625

    Provides for the registration and practice of Environmental Health Officers in Nigeria. Establishes the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria.

  16. Nigeria - General provisions - Law, Act

    The Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000 (Act No. 5). - Legislation on-line in English

    Adoption: 2000-06-13 | NGA-2000-L-87627

  17. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Certain Consequential Repeals) Decree (No 63 of 1999). - Decree on-line

    Adoption: 1999-05-29 | NGA-1999-R-71014

  18. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Public Enterprises (Privatisation and Commercialisation) Decree (No. 28 of 1999).

    Adoption: 1999-05-10 | NGA-1999-R-57333

    Repeals the Bureau of Public enterprises Decree of 1993 and provides for the creation of a National Council on Privatisation as well as the re-structuring of the Bureau of Public Enterprises.

  19. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Copyright (Amendment) Decree 1999. (No. 42 of 1999) - Decree on-line

    Adoption: 1999-05-10 | NGA-1999-R-71017

  20. Nigeria - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (No. 24 of 1999). - Act on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1999-05-05 | Date of entry into force: 1999-05-29 | NGA-1999-C-54097

    Re-promulgates the Constitution of 1979, with amendments, as the new Constitution of Nigeria. Art. 2 provides that no person or group shall govern Nigeria except in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. The executive power shall rest with the President, and the legislature shall be the National Assembly, which shall consist of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Judicial powers shall reside with the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal, Federal High Courts, High Courts of State, and Shariah and Customary Courts. Art. 15 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of origin, sex, religion, status, ethnic or linguistic association. This Article also sets forth as duties of the State the encouragement of inter-marriage among persons of different ethnic backgounds and the promotion of associations across ethnic and cultural boundaries. Art. 17 further provides for protection against discrimination, and provides for the principle of equal pay for equal work, the protection of children and young people against exploitation, and the protection of heatlh, safety, and welfare of persons in employment. Chapter Four enumerates fundamental rights. Prohibits slavery, forced labour, and torture, and provides for the right to liberty, fair hearing, private and family life, and freedom from discrimination, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of association (Art. 40). Chapter VIII provides for the declaration of a state of emergency under certain circumstances. The Constitution also covers local governments, public funds, elections, public servants, and citizenship.

  21. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Federal High Court (Civil Procedure Rules) Decree (No. 23 of 1999).

    Adoption: 1999-04-16 | NGA-1999-R-57332

    Revokes the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules of 1976 and 1997, and provides new rules of civil procedure to be followed in the Federal High Court.

  22. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Assembly (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provisions) Decree (No. 5 of 1999).

    Adoption: 1999-02-17 | NGA-1999-R-57336

    Provides for the conduct of elections to the National Assembly, and sets out offenses and penalties for violation thereof.

  23. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Presidential Election (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provisions) Decree (No. 6 of 1999).

    Adoption: 1999-02-17 | NGA-1999-R-57339

    Provides for the conduct of elections to the Office of President, and sets out offenses and associated penalties relating to this process.

  24. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    State Government (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provisions) Decree (No. 3 of 1999).

    Adoption: 1999-01-06 | NGA-1999-R-57335

    Provides for the conduct of elections to the Houses of Assembly, Governors and Deputy Governers, and sets out penalites for the improper use of political authority.

  25. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Family Economic Advancement Programme (Establishment etc.) (Amendment) Decree 1997 (No. 20 of 1997).

    Adoption: 1997-12-15 | Date of entry into force: 1997-12-15 | NGA-1997-R-58099

    Amends Family Economic Advancement Programme (Establishment etc.) 1997 with respect to the composition of the Governing Board of the Programme.

  26. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Family Economic Advancement Programme (Establishment etc.) Decree 1997 (No. 11 of 1997).

    Adoption: 1997-08-12 | Date of entry into force: 1997-08-12 | NGA-1997-R-58098

    Makes provision for the establishment of an empowerment programme for locally based producers of goods and services and potentional entrepreneurs in cottage industries. Also sets forth eligibility critieria for loan facilities, and provides for loan recovery schedules under the programme.

  27. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Local Government (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provisions) Decree 1997.

    Adoption: 1997-03-02 | Date of entry into force: 1997-01-02 | NGA-1997-R-47445

    Regulates the establishment of local government councils and local government elections.

  28. Nigeria - General provisions - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Guidelines of Local Government Council Elections on Political Party Basis (S.I. 1 of 1997).

    Adoption: 1997-01-02 | NGA-1997-M-47400

    Guidelines for local elections. Made under the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria Decree 1996 (No. 3 of 1996).

  29. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Public Enterprises Regulatory Commission Decree (No. 35 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-11-17 | Date of entry into force: 1996-11-17 | NGA-1996-R-47430

    Establishes the Public Enterprises Regulatory Commission with the function of of monitoring public enterprises.

  30. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Political Parties (Registration and Activities) Decree 1996 (No. 28 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-10-23 | Date of entry into force: 1996-10-23 | NGA-1996-R-47428

    Empowers the National Electoral Commission to make guidelines governing political parties and to dissolve or proscribe any political association. Prohibits political parties from maintaining associated quasi-political organizations and to receive or maintain funds outside of Nigeria. Schedule I sets forth fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy, which include fundamental freedoms, prevention of discrimination, and just and humane working conditions.

  31. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    State Security (Detention of Persons) (Amendment) Decree 1996 (No. 22 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-08-14 | Date of entry into force: 1996-08-14 | NGA-1996-R-47427

    Establishes a Detention of Persons Review Panel to review cases of persons currently in detention. Made under the State Security (Detention of Persons) Decree 1984.

  32. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1979 (Amendment) Decree (No. 19 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-07-03 | Date of entry into force: 1996-07-03 | NGA-1996-R-47426

    Amends par. 3 of Part I of the Third Schedule relating to the composition of the Federal Civil Service Commission.

  33. Nigeria - General provisions - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Circular on Misuse of Prison Labour, 1996.

    Adoption: 1996-04-11 | NGA-1996-M-64984

    Provides for prevention of abuse of prison labour. Sets forth prohibition of outside labour for prisoners. Also calls for renewed efforts to re-activate workshops and establish new ones, so as to keep inmates busy and enable them to aquire new skills.

  34. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Oil and Gas Export Free Zone Decree 1996 (No. 8 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-03-29 | Date of entry into force: 1996-03-29 | NGA-1996-R-47425

    Establishes an Oil and Gas Export Free Zone and an Oil and Gas Export Free Zone Authority. S. 20 requires non-Nigerians to have a work permit to work in the Zone; s. 23 provides that enactments applying to customs territories apply to the Zone.

  35. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Local Government Elections Decree 1996 (No. 6 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-02-01 | Date of entry into force: 1996-02-01 | NGA-1996-R-47424

    Governs the holding of local elections.

  36. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Transition to Civil Rule (Political Programme) Decree 1996 (No. 1 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-01-05 | Date of entry into force: 1996-01-05 | NGA-1996-R-47422

    Sets forth four political programmes for the years 1995-1998 and sets the punishment for any contravention to these programmes at a prison term not exceeding five years. Part II establishes a special Tribunal to deal with offences against this Decree. The Programme for 1995 includes the approval of a Draft Constitution, a lifiting of the ban on political activities, and the creation of a National Reconciliation Committee. The Programme for 1996 includes elections of local governments. The programme for 1997 envisions the election of state assemblies and governors, and the consolidation of new political parties. The Programme for 1998 provides for National Assembly elections, Presidential elections, and the final disengagement of the Armed Forces by 1 October 1998.

  37. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Transition to Civil Rule (Lifting of Ban on Politics) Decree 1996 (No. 2 of 1996).

    Adoption: 1996-01-05 | Date of entry into force: 1996-01-05 | NGA-1996-R-47423

    Repeals the Political Parties (Dissolution) Decree 1993 (No. 114 of 1993).

  38. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Human Rights Commission Decree 1995 (No. 22 of 1995).

    Adoption: 1995-09-27 | Date of entry into force: 1995-09-27 | NGA-1995-R-47421

    Establishes the National Human Rights Commission with the function of dealing with human rights in relation to the Constitution and international instruments on human rights. The Commission shall also investigate cases of human rights abuse and assist victims of human rights violations.

  39. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Court of Appeal (Amendment) Decree 1993 (No. 65 of 1993)

    Adoption: 1993-08-06 | NGA-1993-R-38339

    Amends the Court of Appeal Act by increasing the number of Justices of the Court of Appeal from forty-one to fifty.

  40. Nigeria - General provisions - International agreement

    Traité révisé de la Communauté économique des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO), fait à Cotonou le 24 juillet 1993. - Traité révisé

    Adoption: 1993-07-24 | INT-1993-IA-39591

    Les Etats membres (Côte d'Ivoire, Sénégal, Ghana, Gambie, Bénin, Guinée, Guinée-Bissau, Mauritanie, Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigéria, Libéria, Sierra Leone, Mali et Togo) s'engagent à abolir tous les obstacles à la liberté de circulation et de résidence à l'intérieur de la Communauté (art. 27.1) et à dispenser, par accords mutuels, les citoyens de la détention de visa touristique et de permis de résidence. Les Etats membres permettront aux ressortissants de la Communauté d'exercer des activités commerciales et industrielles sur leur territoire (art. 27.2).

  41. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Presidential Election Decree (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provision) Decree 1993. No. 13.

    Adoption: 1993-01-01 | Date of entry into force: 1993-01-01 | NGA-1993-R-33842

    Provides for rules in respect of the office of president of the Federation and regarding elections.

  42. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Bankruptcy (Amendment) Decree (No. 109 of 1992). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1992-12-28 | NGA-1992-R-64034

    Makes miscellaneous amendments to Bankruptcy Act.

  43. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Copyright (Amendment) Decree 1992. (No. 98 of 1992). - Decree on-line

    Adoption: 1992-12-28 | NGA-1992-R-71018

  44. Nigeria - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Promulgation) (Amendment) (No. 2) Decree 1992. No. 56

    Adoption: 1992-11-27 | Date of entry into force: 1992-11-17 | NGA-1992-R-32365

    Amends the Constitution by substituting for the commencement date "2nd January 1993" wherever it occurs in the Act a new commencement date "27th August 1993".

  45. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Transition to Civil Rule (Disqualification and Prohibition of Certain Presidential Aspirants) Decree 1992. No. 57.

    Adoption: 1992-11-24 | Date of entry into force: 1992-11-17 | NGA-1992-R-32366

    Provides for rules in respect of disqualification and prohibition of certain presidential aspirants.

  46. Nigeria - General provisions - Constitution

    National Assembly (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Decree 1992. No. 44.

    Adoption: 1992-11-24 | NGA-1992-R-32381

  47. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Nigeria Export Processing Zones Decree 1992 (No. 63 of 1992).

    Adoption: 1992-11-19 | NGA-1992-R-43201

    Establishes a Nigeria Processing Zones Authority, which is responsible for administering any export processing zones. The Authority is also responsible for resolving any labour disputes in the zone in conjunction with the Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity (s. 4). There shall be no strikes or lockouts for a period of ten years following the commencement of operations within a zone (s. 18(5)). Repeals Nigeria Export Processing Zones Decree 1991.

  48. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Assembly (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provisions) Decree 1992. No. 36.

    Adoption: 1992-08-31 | Date of entry into force: 1992-08-31 | NGA-1992-R-31968

    Provides that the quorum of the National Assembly Election Tribunal shall be the chairman and two other members and that the tribunal shall hear and determine election petitions in the case of election to the National Assembly within two months from the filing date of the petition.

  49. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Transition to Civil Rule (Political Programme) (Amendment) (No. 2) Decree, 1992. No. 22.

    Adoption: 1992-07-22 | NGA-1992-R-32354

    Amends the Transition to Civil Rule (Political Programme) Act, as amended, to provide a comprehensive and final transition programme for a democratically elected civilian administration for Nigeria with effect from 2 January 1993.

  50. Nigeria - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    National Assembly (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provisions) Decree 1992. No. 18.

    Adoption: 1992-07-01 | Date of entry into force: 1992-06-01 | NGA-1992-R-32362

    Provides detailed procedures for the election of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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