Entries by KnowYourRightsNigeria

Can I get my property back if my right of occupancy is revoked by a Governor for his own benefit or that of his/her family members/ associates and on what other grounds can I challenge illegality?

Yes. You can only do this by enforcing your right in court where the compulsory acquisition of your property is for the interest of the governor, his/her families, and political associates or against public purposes. For example the court once held in the case of Ibafon Company Ltd. And Another V. Nigerian Ports Authority PLC […]

My land is containing minerals, oils, natural gas and the government wants to take over my land. Help!

Yes. Any land or property including the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Nigeria containing any minerals, mineral oils and natural gas automatically belongs to the federal government of Nigeria. If initially bought by someone it must revert back to the federal government upon discovery of such mineral or gas after the expected payment […]

What are my rights as a tenant in Nigeria?

A  tenancy  is  a  relationship  in  which  a  party  (the  tenant)  is  given  exclusive  possession  of  a property  (the  demised  premises)  by  another  party  (the  owner  or  landlord)  for  a  specific period of time in exchange for a fee (rent) or for free. The rights of a tenant include: Right to a  payment  receipt  and  […]

What are my rights as a landlord in Nigeria?

A  landlord  is  the  owner  of  a  premises  or  the  holder  of  the  reversionary  interest  in  the property.  This  means  that  at  the  expiration  of  every  tenancy,  the  right  to  possession  and ownership  of  the  said  premises  goes  back  to  the  landlord.  Individuals  own  property  for  a number  of  reasons  one  of  which  is  for  […]

My right to freedom from discrimination (Introduction)

Introduction In order to achieve national co-operation in solving problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedom for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion, right to freedom from discrimination must be guaranteed. The universal declaration of human rights[1] […]

Can I be discriminated upon by virtue of my sex, community, ethnic group, or place of origin?

Any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on sex, colour (albinism) race, town, villages, tribe, ethnic region, geo-political zones with intention of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economical, social, cultural or any other field of public life is prohibited.

What are the rights of women on cultural, traditional, inheritance, burial issues among others?

Discrimination against women is unlawful in Nigeria. Section 15 and 16 of Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination (CEDAW)[1] specifically condemn those relating to the legal capacity of women, parental rights, reproductive rights in relation to spacing and number of children, property, marriage, choosing a family name, profession, education and so on. […]