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Title:An examination of the position of illiterates in Nigerian Law
Author:Nwogugu, E.I.
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:In Nigeria the vast majority of the people are illiterate not only in the local languages but also in the English language, which is the lingua franca. This paper examines the extent to which the general law has taken into accountant the prevalent illiteracy, either by making it a defence by positive action in protecting illiterates. It first looks at the satute which provides for the protection of illiterates and then analyses the effect of illiteracy in contract, tort and criminal law. It is established that the specific protection is contained in the illiterates Protection Act, though the interpretation of this statute has created much difficulty. In the other branches of the law the regard had for illiteracy is constantly being weighed against the general interest of the community and the preservation of normal commercial life.