I once had a conversation with a neighbor and I discovered that there are some Crimes that people commit without even knowing that they are crimes. I was astounded, I had to take a few hours to explain that it was against the law. In this article, I will be stating a few of these common crimes that are not known to be crimes. These Crimes are looked at from a religious perspective most of the time, but they are really against the law.
This includes; flying in the night on a broomstick, worshiping juju, practicing witchcraft generally. Previously, witchcraft was not recognized under Nigerian law.
A new provision has made practice of witchcraft a punishable offense, section 210 of the criminal code makes witchcraft punishable with 2 years imprisonment as a misdemeanor.
That provision can be broken down thus;
This is very common and done in almost every state in Nigeria but is also illegal. It involves the evacuation of an unborn child from the mother’s womb. It carries a heavy penalty of 14 years imprisonment because it can be equated with killing a human being.
It does not matter that the pregnancy is one day old, the law is strict on this because that is the excuse most people use to justify their actions.
Doctors, nurses or chemists who carry out abortions are not free also, they may lose their license and face jail time for perpetrating such an act.
There is only one exception to this law, women may be permitted to have an abortion where it is necessary to save the life of the mother. In this case, an abortion may be carried out legally.
Some people are aware that cannabis is banned in Nigeria but smoke it anyway. Smoking, selling, planting, being in possession of cannabis is punishable under the law with imprisonment for at least 2 years.
The specific law that handles this is the NDLEA Act which deals with abuse and possession of hard drugs.
This is sexual intercourse between a man a fellow man. This act has been frowned upon by Africa’s generally. A poll revealed that Nigerians do not accept such a culture.
The punishment for the act of homosexuality is 14 years imprisonment.
the act of trying to kill yourself by yourself. You may be surprised to know that your body belongs to the state, you have no right to try to kill yourself.
If you try, however to kill yourself, make sure you finish the job or you will be imprisoned for 2 years for attempting to take your life which belongs to the state.
lying under oath in a court of law or on an affidavit. This offense is punishable with more than 6 months imprisonment.
When under oath, you must tell the truth of the long arm of the law may touch you for lying.
When a court is sitting, there is to be absolute silence. If you, however, chew gum loudly or make unnecessary noise in court, you could be charged with contempt and docked immediately.
Chances are you may go into prison custody if the judge orders for your arrest. Although a quick apology may avert all this problems but please display decorum in a court room.
This involves making another person swear an oath and participate in rituals such as drinking dead body water, sleeping with corpses etc. Such act is punishable under the law.
For you to have sexual relations with somebody, you need their consent, it is a mutual agreement. If you do not gain this consent, it will amount to rape.
Sleeping with an imbecile is a crime because an imbecile is incapable of giving consent as he/she is of unsound mind.
Their parents usually make decisions for them, if you cannot ask an imbecile’s parent that you want to have sex with them, you probably shouldn’t.
Animals have rights too, it doesn’t matter that you bought them with money, you are mandated by the law to treat them properly. Failure to treat your animal properly will amount to the court ordering that it be taken away from you or killed.
This also includes homosexuality, bestiary that is, having sexual intercourse with animals. This offence is punishable under the law as well.
You think smoking Indian hemp/ cannabis makes you look cool? Or you may be fed up with life and want to leave your sorrows behind. You may also want to remove a pregnancy so that it doesn’t tamper with your future.
But think about it, these laws are put in place for your own protection and not to punish you. It may seem like fun but don’t do any of these things so that you don’t end up in a prison cell.
You would end up causing your loved ones to spend money on legal fees and still end up in prison. Your records scarred forever, remember that ignorance of the law is not an excuse, BE WARNED.
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