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Phantom ‘Child Marriage Bill’: Much ado about a false alarm

For about two weeks now, the nation has been caught in another hysteria. At the centre of it is a phantom “Child Marriage Bill” supposedly passed by the Senate. Like most matters at the heart of many national frenzies and umbrages in the past, this one too turned out to be another bout of ignorance, mischief, hypocrisy, and professional ineptitude in defence of a false alarm.

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Required proof for criminal allegations in election petition (2)

Like we argued earlier, the strict rule was developed to ensure “only guilty persons are convicted by the State”. Therefore, it is the end goal of a proceeding that should ordinarily determine the standard of proof to be applied. The ‘strict rule’ ought only to apply where the end goal of a proceeding seeks conviction of a citizen by the State and not where the end goal is a pursuit of compensatory damages, injunctive/restorative reliefs, declarations, restitutive orders etc; such as are often sought in civil and election petition proceedings respectively.

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Phantom “Child Marriage Bill”: Much Ado about a False Alarm

For about two weeks now, the nation has been caught in another hysteria. At the centre of it is a phantom “Child Marriage Bill” supposedly passed by the Senate. Like most matters at the heart of many national frenzies and umbrages in the past, this one too turned out to be another bout of ignorance, mischief, hypocrisy, and professional ineptitude in defence of a false alarm.

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What’s age got to do with it?

Our print, electronic and social media have in the past couple of days been heavily inundated with disputation concerning recent proceedings at the National Assembly. What can immediately be said without equivocation is that the Senate did not vote to vary the age of marriage nor did it legitimize child marriage. Rather, what appears to have angered many Nigerians arose from a consideration by Senate, of the ‘age for renunciation of citizenship’, having regard to the provisions of section 29 of the constitution of the Federation of Nigeria, 1999 (hereafter, ‘the Constitution’).

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Required proof for criminal allegations: A critique (2)

Like we argued earlier, the strict rule was developed to ensure “only guilty persons are convicted by the State”. Therefore, it is the end goal of a proceeding that should ordinarily determine the standard of proof to be applied. The ‘strict rule’ ought only to apply where the end goal of a proceeding seeks conviction of a citizen by the State and not where the end goal is a pursuit of compensatory damages, injunctive/restorative reliefs, declarations, restitutive orders etc; such as are often sought in civil and election petition proceedings respectively.

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Why Appeal Court freed Al-Mustapha & Co (5)

(a) Evidence of an eyewitnessness of the crime (b) Confession or admission voluntarily made by the accused and (C)circumstantial evidence which is positive, compelling and points to the conclusion that the accused committed the offence. It is trite that the Court can convict an accusedperson on the basis of circumstantial evidence where it is strong,
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Child marriage and the constitution

It is common knowledge that the National Assembly has commenced the process of reviewing the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. Last week, the Senate resolved to amend Section 29 of the Constitution pertaining to Renunciation of Citizenship. The said section provides as follows:

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