ARRESTED/DETAINED PERSON MUST BE INFORMED OF HIS OFFENCE IN WRITING AND IN ANY LANGUAGE HE UNDERSTANDS. Daily Law Tips (Tip 393) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

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Part of the constitutional rights of persons in Nigeria is that, any person arrested or detained by any security officer/agency must be informed in writing of the facts and grounds for his arrest or detention. The written information must be given within 24 hours and must be in any language that the arrested or detained person understands.
Hence, reasons and grounds for arrest cannot not be orally provided but must be written and not written in English language only but any language that the arrested or detained person understands. This is a constitutional provision and as such no other law or practise can change or water it down.

My authorities are sections 35(3), 318 and 319 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

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