Why Criminalizing Joblessness In Nigeria Is Both Illogical And Illegal By Timothy Ola Bamgboye ESQ

Why Criminalizing Joblessness In Nigeria Is Both Illogical And Illegal By Timothy Ola Bamgboye ESQ

Yet prominent in Nigeria’s current socio-political commentary is the sad tale of indiscriminate arrest. Much sadder however is the fact that a certain provision of her criminal procedural statutes empowers a police officer to effect summary arrest with no recourse to reason. Indeed, there is a law that empowers a police officer to arrest a law-abiding person, loosely speaking, for the sole ‘crime’ of being jobless!

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