Cutting the Limbs or Incarceration for Theft/Stealing: An Evaluation of the Crime and Penalty for Theft/Stealing Under the Nigerian and Ghanaian Laws

24 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2008 Last revised: 11 Jan 2009

Aminu Adamu Bello

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Date Written: September 12, 2008

Abstract

It would appear that the definition of the crime of theft or stealing is universal. In Nigera, the Criminal Code, the Penal Code and the Shari'a Penal Code(s) make clear and specific provisions that remove any ambiguity as to what constitutes the crime of stealing (Criminal Code) and theft (Penal Code and Shari'a Penal Code(s)) while in Ghana, the Criminal Code, Act 29 also makes elaborate specifications as to the elements of the crime. In both jurisdictions, it is illegal to take or illegally convert a thing which belongs to another. It is however in the definition of the thing capable of being the subject matter of the offence that there is significant difference.

This evaluation examines the similarities and differences in the definition of the thing capable of being stolen and the kind of punishment prescribed for the offence in the two jurisdictions. The discovery that the definition of a thing capable of being stolen in Ghana Act 29 provisions are close to Northern Nigeria State(s) Shari'a Penal Code provisions is startling.

Keywords: Theft, Sariqa, Stealing, Cutting of limbs, Penal Code, Shari'a Penal Code, Criminal Code, Ghana Act 29

Suggested Citation

Bello, Aminu Adamu, Cutting the Limbs or Incarceration for Theft/Stealing: An Evaluation of the Crime and Penalty for Theft/Stealing Under the Nigerian and Ghanaian Laws (September 12, 2008). Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Paper No. 08-44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1267431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1267431

Aminu Adamu Bello (Contact Author)

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria ( email )

Congo Campus,
Tudun Wada
Zaria, AL NGR
Nigeria

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