DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 333) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

IT IS AN OFFENCE TO CHASE OUT WIFE/HUSBAND FROM A HOME OR EVEN ATTEMPT TO DO SO.

It is a criminal offence for a husband/wife to chase or force out a wife or husband out of her/his home.

The offence is punishable with imprisonment for not more than 2 years or fine of not more than #300,000.00 or both.

Also note that, it is an offence to merely attempt to chase or force out a wife or husband out of her/his home. It is punishable with imprisonment for not more than 1 year or fine of not more than #200, 000.00 or both.

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 9(1), 9(2), 47 and 48 of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and similar laws across states in Nigeria.

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