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Introduction to the Nigerian Legal System

Introduction to the Nigerian Legal System by Leesi Ebenezer Mitee

Copyright © 2009 Leesi Ebenezer Mitee

Updated 25 April 2011

“The Nigerian legal system is a relic of the century-old British imperialism that brought about the imposition of alien English legal system on our traditional legal structures and institutions. Our organic norms and values were thus largely displaced. Lagos was created a British colony in 1862. In that same year, a court was established there, and five statutes (called “Ordinances”) were applicable to the colony. The ordinances were:

  1. Customs Duties Ordinance No. 1 of 1862;
  2. Harbour Regulations Ordinance No. 2 of 1862;
  3. Harbour Sanitary Regulations Ordinance No. 3 of 1862;
  4. Currency Ordinance No. 4 of 1862; and
  5. Use of Official Seal Ordinance No. 5 of 1862. . .” Read the full text of this write-up on the Nigerian Legal System Website





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