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The rights of the citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are contained in Chapter (II) and (IV) of the Country’s constitution, 1999.
The chapter II is titled, “Fundamental Objectives and directive Principles of State Policy”. The ‘rights’ contained therein are known as Social-economic rights. However, these rights are not enforceable in Nigeria by provision of section 6 (6)(c) of the constitution.
Going forward, the Fundamental Rights contained in Chapter IV of the constitution are enforceable rights of citizens of the country.
Per Mojeed Adekunle Owoade, JCA, in Akwa Savings and Loans Ltd. v. Udoumana & Ors [(2009) LPELR-8861(CA)] remarked, “I do agree with the learned Counsel for the 1st Respondent that it is now a settled position of our law that the provisions in Chapter IV of the Constitution are enforceable not only against the State and its apparatus but also artificial persons as the Appellant in the instant case. …”
Let us now take a close look at what these rights are. The Fundamental Rights as specified under the 1999 constitution, section 33-44, includes:
Continue reading: https://www.lawhub.com.ng/fundamental-human-rights-under-the-1999-constitution/
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