Section 134-145 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Section 134-145 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Section 134 to 145 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act is under Chapter 15 (Escapes; Rescues; obstructing officers of court) of the Act.

Section 134 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Rescue

(1) Any person who by force rescues or attempts to rescue from lawful custody any other
person‐
(a) is, if the last‐named person is under a sentence of death or penal servitude or
imprisonment for life, or charged with an offence punishable with death, or penal
servitude or imprisonment for life, guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for
life; and
(b) is, in any other case, guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.
(2) If the person rescued is in the custody of a private person, the offender must have notice of
the fact that the person rescued is in such custody.

Section 135 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Escape

Any person who, being in lawful custody, escapes from such custody‐
(a) is, if he is charged with, or has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanour, guilty of a
felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years, with or without whipping; and
(b) is, in any other case, guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for two
years.

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Section 136 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Aiding prisoners to escape

Any person who‐
(1) aids a prisoner in escaping or attempting to escape from lawful custody; or
(2) conveys anything or causes anything to be conveyed into a prison with intent to facilitate the
escape of a prisoner,
is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

Section 137 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Permitting escape

Any person who, being an officer of a prison, or a member of a police force, wilfully permits any other
person within his lawful custody to escape‐
(a) is, if such last‐named person is charged with an offence punishable by death, or penal
servitude or imprisonment for life, guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years; and
(b) is, in any other case, guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for three years.

Section 138 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Negligently permitting escape

Any person who, being an officer of a prison, or a member of a police force, negligently permits a person
within his lawful custody to escape, is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for two
years.

Section 139 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Prison officers accessory to breaches of discipline

If any prison officer or person in charge of any convicted prisoner knowingly permits or suffers such
prisoner to receive any tobacco, food, money, or other article, or to enter any house, yard, or premises
not being the place appointed for the labour of such prisoner he is guilty of a misdemeanour and is
liable to imprisonment for six months and to a fine of one hundred naira.

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Section 140-142 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Section 140-142 has been (Repealed by 1972 No.9).

Section 143 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Rescuing insane persons

Any person who‐
(a) rescues any person during his conveyance as an insane person to a hospital, lunatic
asylum, or a reception house for the insane or to a house licensed under the laws
relating to insane persons for the reception of patients, or to a prison, rescues any
person during his confinement as an insane person in any such place; or
(b) being in charge of a person during his conveyance as an insane person to any such place,
wilfully permits him to escape from custody; or
(c) being a superintendent of, or person employed in any such place, wilfully permits a
person confined therein as an insane person to escape therefrom; or
(d) conceals any such person as aforesaid, who has, to his knowledge, been rescued during
such conveyance or confinement, or has, to his knowledge, escaped during such
conveyance, or from such confinement,
is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for three years.
The offender cannot be arrested without warrant.

Section 144 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Removing, etc., property under lawful seizure

Any person who, when any property has been attached or taken under the process or authority of any
court, knowingly, and with intent to hinder or defeat the attachment or process, receives, removes,
retains, conceals, or disposes of such property, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for
three years.

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Section 145 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Obstructing officers of courts of justice

Any person who wilfully obstructs or resists any person lawfully charged with the execution of an order
or warrant of any court, is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for one year or to a
fine of two hundred naira.


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