Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law

Constitutional law is a body of law which defines the role, powers, and structure of different entities within a state, namely, the executive, the parliament or legislature, and the judiciary; as well as the basic rights of citizens.The Constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.     Nigeria has had a series of constitutions. The current constitution was enacted on 29 May 1999, inaugurating the Nigerian Fourth Republic.According to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, these are the fundamental human rights:

  • Right to life. …
  • Right to freedom of movement. …
  • Right to freedom of dignity of human person. …
  • Right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, tribe, creed or political opinion or association.

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We represent clients in court, mediations, business transactions and other important legal proceedings or arrangements where the law is discussed. We meet with our clients before, during and after legal proceedings to ensure that the client fully understands all aspects of their case.

How many Constitutions do we have in Nigeria?

The development of the Nigeria constitution can be divided into two generations: the Colonial generation which covers 6 instruments (1914, 1922, 1946, 1951, 1954 and 1960) enacted through an order-in-council of the British monarch.  The post-independence generation consists of 3 instruments – 1963, 1979 and 1999). enacted in two ways: an Act of parliament (1963 Constitution) and military decree (1979 and 1999)

Who makes Nigerian law?

Nigeria operates what is known as a ‘Bicameral Legislature’, this means that the National legislative responsibility is shared between the 2 separate assemblies – the Senate and the House of Representatives, both chambers make up what is known as the National Assembly, at it is the primary law making body in Nigeria.

How are laws made in Nigeria?

Before any bill may become law, it must be agreed to by both the House and the Senate, and receive the President’s assent. Should the President delay or refuse assent (veto) the bill, the Assembly may pass the law by two-thirds of both chambers and overrule the veto and the President’s consent will not be required.