By James Itodo
The Senate has mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to immediately interface with Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to initiate the process of reviewing the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The red chamber unanimously agreed that the review was further based on directives as deemed expedient and appropriate in the circumstances.
The Senate resolution is sequel to adoption of a motion on the
“Urgent need to commence revision of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria which has remained unrevised for almost two decades.
The motion was Sponsored by Senator Kaka, Shehu Lawan representing Borno Central during plenary in Abuja.
Senator Shehu in his lead debate said the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, was an alphabetical compilation of laws operative in Nigeria which are updated on a regular basis.
He said the compilation of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria was carried out under the authority of the Attorney General of the Federation, subject to the approval of the National Assembly through an Act.
According to senator Shehu the last and extant compilation of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria was in 2004 which reckoned with all statutes existing in the federation as of 31 Dec.2002.
He told his colleagues that the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 was subsequently approved by the National Assembly through the revised edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act, 2007.
He further said the laws further repealed the revised edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act 1990.
Shehu said the statutes in the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 were enacted in different years before and after Nigeria’s independence even though they were all cited as “LFN 2004”.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Safiya Wada
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