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Title:Conflict of laws in Northern Nigeria
Author:Anderson, J.N.D.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Great Britain
Subjects:conflict of laws
reception of foreign law
Islamic law
criminal law
Abstract:The N.Region of Nigeria is unique in the Br.Commonwealth, in that there alone two totally distinct systems of law are both applicable, in appropriate circumstances in regard to such major offences as murder and manslaughter: the Islamic law of the Maliki school and the Criminal Code. The question of which law is to be applied depends on 4 points, and the decision may make the most radical difference to the accused, for in some cases the death penalty is applicable under the Code but not under the Maliki law and vice versa. The author discusses the principles and implications of two recent judgements. See also p. 137: Judgement of the Federal Supreme Court of Nigeria.