THE LAW OF CRIMES IN NIGERIA
By Kharisu Sufiyan Chukkol
This book aimed primarily at meeting the needs of undergraduate and perhaps even postgraduate law students in Nigerian Universities and it is considered reasonably adequate in all matters it deals with. Hitherto published works on substantive criminal law in Nigeria concentrated on the legal position existing in either the seventeen Southern States of Nigeria (e.g. Okonkwo and Naish's Criminal Law in Nigeria 1980 - London) or that of the nineteen States in the now defunct Northern Region (e.g. Ofori Amankwah's Criminal Law of the Northern States of Nigeria 1986 -Zaria). The strength of this book is that it covers both territories. Of course it can by no means be considered superior to any of the works of these eminent scholars but it is felt that law students whether in the North or South of our country should have a firm grasp of the state of the law in the two 'jurisdictions' so that an Ife graduate for instance can be quite at home should he decide to set up a practice in Maiduguri and vice-versa. It is believed that an average law student would benefit more by having the law put down concisely in one text-book and the legal principles thereby discussed in juxtaposition.
Though essentially a students' book, law teachers, legal practitioners, courts' personnel and all those involved in one way or the other with the administration of our criminal justice system will find this work useful as well.
In this revised edition, every effort has been made to state the law in force from all sources available as at May 1st 2010. It must be noted, however, that the Sudanese Penal Code cited in the text refers to the Sudan Penal Code 1925 as amended by the Penal Code Act No. 64 of 1974. That Code was replaced in the early 1980’s by an Islamic based penal system for much of the country.