Section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution

Section 33 of the constitution of Nigeria is about Right to Life of the people of the country. It is under Chapter IV (Fundamental Rights) of the constitution. Section 33 has two subsections.

  1. (1) Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in
    execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty
    in Nigeria.

    (2) A person shall not be regarded as having been deprived of his life in contravention of this section, if he dies as a result of the use, to such extent and in such circumstances as are permitted by law, of such force as is reasonably necessary –
    (a) for the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence of property:
    (b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained; or
    (c) for the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection or mutiny.


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6 thoughts on “Section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999”

  1. i like 1999 constitution befor you go there but i want to askin you question which side you can buy it

    1. Thank you for reaching out.

      You can purchase a hardcopy of the 1999 Constitution at many bookshops across the country, most especially those selling wide varieties of books. Of course, electric copies are freely available online.

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