DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 356) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)
FORCEFUL ISOLATION/SEPARATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS/FRIENDS IS NOW AN OFFENCE IN NIGERIA.
It is an offence to forcefully isolate or separate any person from his family or friends. This extends to the common cases of husbands/wives running out with their children and isolating the other spouse from such children. It is your right to freely relate with your family members and friends and no parent, spouse, tradition or religion has powers to forcefully isolate you from them.
The crime of forcefully isolation/separation of family/friends is punishable with imprisonment for not more than 6 months and or fine of not more than #100,000.00.
Also note that, it is an offence to merely attempt to commit this offence or to incite or aid another in the commission of this offence. It is also punishable with imprisonment for not more than 6 months and or fine of not more than #100,000.00, respectively.
Kindly note that the law creating the above offences is operational in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Similar laws are now operational in Anambra State, Ebonyi State and Oyo State. Soon, more States will enact similar laws.
My authorities are sections 13, 47 and 48 of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and similar laws across states in Nigeria.
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