Nigeria's Sharia Penal Codes
SHARIA IMPLEMENTATION IN NORTHERN NIGERIA, 1999-2006 A SOURCEBOOK, Vol. IV, Chapter 4, pp. 3-21, Philip Ostien, ed., Ibadan: Spectrum Books Ltd., 2007
20 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2009 Last revised: 23 Nov 2009
Date Written: August 24, 2009
The essay begins with a brief history of the penal law of the northern states of Nigeria, from the colonial period up to 1999/2000, when twelve northern states began their programmes of sharia implementation. The new Sharia Penal Codes enacted at that time are then described and discussed. Differences between them and the Penal Code of 1960, and variations among the Sharia Penal Codes themselves, are analysed. The essay concludes with a discussion of the arguments for and against the project to harmonise the Sharia Penal Codes undertaken by the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies at Ahmadu Bello University.
Keywords: Nigeria, Islamic criminal law, Islamic penal law, sharia, sharia penal codes
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