#OBSCURELEGALFACTS by Arome Abu.
“LIFE SENTENCE” DOES NOT MEAN IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE.
In Nigeria, sentence of “Life Imprisonnment” does not suggest that a person so sentenced will spend the rest of his natural life in prison custody. Under the Penal Code, life imprisonment is reckoned as equivalent to imprisonment for 20 Years.
The Criminal Code does not define the length of “Life imprisonment”, suggesting that a person so sentenced in States covered by the code will spend their entire natural life in Prison custody, or if privileged, get an Executive pardon or may be paroled upon the recommendation of the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service.
SEE SECTION 70 OF THE PENAL CODE & SECTION 468 OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT 2015
In the United States, the length of Life Imprisonment varies from state to state, Alaska is 99 Years.
Arome Abu is the Managing Partner of Abu & Olaniyan Partners.
CAVEAT: Note that this information is provided for general enlightenment purposes and is not intended to be any form of legal advice.
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