An Appraisal of the Functional Necessity of the Immunity Clause in the Political Governance of Nigeria

An Appraisal of the Functional Necessity of the Immunity Clause in the Political Governance of Nigeria

Author: 
Okeke, GN
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
Date published: 
2015
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Responsibility: 
Okeke, CE, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Journal of African Law
Source: 
Journal of African Law Vol. 59, No. 1, April 2015, pp. 99-120
Abstract: 

Immunity is an exemption conferred on a person in order to protect him from litigation or persecution. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended accords immunity to the president, vice-president, governors and deputy governors only. The import of this constitutional conferment is that no civil or criminal proceedings should be instituted against them while in office. This singular feature of the immunity clause emphasizes the functional necessity of the immunity which the constitution canvasses for these political office holders. A trial relating to any crime committed by any of them can commence after their tenure in office expires. This raises the issues that evidence against them might have been destroyed, prosecution witnesses may die before the trial commences and changes in the law can enable them to evade justice.

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CITATION: Okeke, GN. An Appraisal of the Functional Necessity of the Immunity Clause in the Political Governance of Nigeria . : Cambridge University Press , 2015. Journal of African Law Vol. 59, No. 1, April 2015, pp. 99-120 - Available at: http://library.au.int/appraisal-functional-necessity-immunity-clause-political-governance-nigeria-7