10 Strange Laws You Didn’t Know Existed In Nigeria

In every corner of the world, legal systems are shaped by cultural norms, historical legacies, and societal values, often giving rise to unique and sometimes surprising laws. Nigeria, a land of vibrant culture, rich history, and diverse traditions is no exception. These laws might make you scratch your head, chuckle, or simply wonder at the vast array of what’s considered legal (or not) across the world. So, let’s take a stroll through some of the strange laws you didn’t know existed in Nigeria.

Promise-and-Fail Marriage Law

Nigerian law permits individuals to pursue legal action against former partners for breach of promise to marry.

Wife’s Immunity

Under Nigerian law, there is a provision aimed at protecting wives in Christian marriages from being held criminally responsible for actions they are compelled to do by their husbands in his presence.

Army Green Ban

The Army Colour (Prohibition of Use) Act in Nigeria prohibits the painting of private cars in the colour known as ‘army green.’

Reward for Stolen Property

Offering a reward for the return of stolen or lost property without asking questions or threatening seizure is deemed illegal under Nigerian law.

Jactitation of Marriage

Ever had someone boast that they’re married to you when they’re not? In Nigeria, you can actually take them to court for it. This law enables individuals to protect their marital status and reputation from false assertions, safeguarding their legal rights and personal dignity.

Caning for Minors

In Nigeria, a male person under 17 years of age found guilty of an offence may be ordered to be caned, in addition to or instead of other punishments.

Witchcraft Representation

Representing oneself as a witch or claiming to possess the power of witchcraft is considered a misdemeanour under Nigerian law.

Year and a Day Rule

In Nigerian jurisprudence, the ‘Year and a Day Rule’ establishes a time limit for determining legal causation in cases of homicide. This rule stipulates that a person cannot be deemed responsible for causing another’s death if it occurs more than a year and a day after the initial incident, reflecting principles of fairness and practicality in legal proceedings.

Treatment of Animals in Transit

Nigerian regulations mandate humane treatment of animals during transit, particularly when being transported for trade purposes.

Respect for the Flag

Nigerian law requires that the national flag be displayed with dignity and respect, prohibiting its use in a faded, defaced, or otherwise improper condition.


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