Daily Law Tips (289)

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 289)
ARE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES ACCEPTABLE IN NIGERIA.

Where any document is to be approved/proved by signature, then an electronic signature on such document is a sufficient signature. So, electronic signatures are allowed and acceptable in any part of Nigeria including courts.

My authorities are sections 93(2) and 259 of the Evidence Act, 2011.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 285)
WHEN CAN POLICE SEARCH A HOUSE WITHOUT A WARRANT.

Ordinarily, police and every other security agency cannot search a house/property without a search warrant(written authority) issued by a court.
One of the situations, where a security officer can search any property/place without a search warrant is where a criminal suspect sought to be arrested is inside such house/property or is believed to be inside such house. In such situation, the person in charge of such house must give free access and all needed support to the security agency to search the property for the suspect.

My authorities are sections 12(1), 494 and 495 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and other similar laws across States in Nigeria.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 286)
WHEN CAN COURT NULLIFY AN ELECTION IN NIGERIA.

Any election in any part of Nigeria can be nullified by an appropriate tribunal/court. An election will be nullified by a tribunal/court, where there is clear, positive, credible and over-whelming evidence that an election was not substantially conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act and that the non-compliance, substantially affected the result of the election. So, until you convince a tribunal/court that there was a SUBSTANTIAL NON-COMPLIANCE in the conduct of an election contrary to the provisions of Electoral Act and that such also affected the final result of an election result, an election will not be nullified.

My authorities are sections 138, 139, 140 and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010. Also, the decision of the Supreme Court in BUHARI V. OBASANJO (2003) 17 NWLR (Pt.850) 510 and the decision of Court of Appeal in the case of OKAFOR OKOREAFFIA & ANOR. v. HON. AGWU U. AGWU & ANOR. (2010) LPELR-4708(CA)

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 284)
CAN CUSTOMER BE CHARGED FOR ELECTRICITY EVEN AFTER DISCONNECTION.

Every user of electricity in any part of Nigeria, has a Right to Request for Disconnection from electricity at any time of the year. Duration a period that a customer requested for a disconnection from the electricity Distribution Company (DisCo) in charge of his area, such a customer can no longer be charged/billed for electricity, whether or not such disconnection was done. It is illegal for any DisCo to charge or request for payment for a period a customer was disconnected. Kindly report such illegal demands and practises to Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) or speak to your lawyer.

My authorities are Regulations 8 and 14 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Connection and Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services, 2007.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 283)
WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL RELIGION OF NIGERIA AND STATES IN NIGERIA.

Some Countries have preference for some religions and as such have official state religions.
In Nigeria, both at Federal and State levels and across all parts of Nigeria, there is no federal, state or official religion. It is prohibited and unconstitutional to adopt any religion for Nigeria or any state in Nigeria.
All religions are allowed and permitted in Nigeria, so far as practises of such religions are not contrary to any law.
Even states that have Sharia or Customary/Tradition laws do not have any official religion. Also, no religion should have prevalence or relevance or more access to state facilities in any part of Nigeria.
Note that it is a breach of fundamental human rights to discriminate against any religion or persons of religion or violate any person’s right to freedom of religion.

My authorities are sections 10, 38, 42 and 319 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 282)
STATE GOVERNMENTS CANNOT COLLECT TENEMENT RATES IN NIGERIA.

First of all, tenement rate is a tax payable by an occupier of a developed property to a local government authority in charge of the area the developed property is located. The property must be developed and occupied, so tenement rate cannot be paid on an empty or undeveloped land. If the developed property is occupied by a tenant then such tenant must pay for it and not the landlord unless they agreed otherwise. Where a landlord is the one occupying a developed property, such landlord must pay such himself. This is different from Ground Rent, which is payable by landlords for lands whether developed or undeveloped and collectable by either state or local government authorities in charge of the location of such land.
TENEMENT RATES are collected by only local governments authorities in charge of the location of developed property. Both State or Federal government authorities cannot collect tenement rates. Note that state government may also collect a Land Use Charge which a local government authority cannot collect. As at today, the make up/contents of a Land Use Act is not clear and some states have used it as means to charge and collect outrageous taxes.

My authorities are sections 1 and 5 as well as the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, 1998 and the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, (Amendment) Order 2015. Also Section 7(5), Paragraph 9, Part II of Second Schedule and Paragraph 1(J) of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 282)
STATE GOVERNMENTS CANNOT COLLECT TENEMENT RATES IN NIGERIA.

First of all, tenement rate is a tax payable by an occupier of a developed property to a local government authority in charge of the area the developed property is located. The property must be developed and occupied, so tenement rate cannot be paid on an empty or undeveloped land. If the developed property is occupied by a tenant then such tenant must pay for it and not the landlord unless they agreed otherwise. Where a landlord is the one occupying a developed property, such landlord must pay such himself. This is different from Ground Rent, which is payable by landlords for lands whether developed or undeveloped and collectable by either state or local government authorities in charge of the location of such land.
TENEMENT RATES are collected by only local governments authorities in charge of the location of developed property. Both State or Federal government authorities cannot collect tenement rates. Note that state government may also collect a Land Use Charge which a local government authority cannot collect. As at today, the make up/contents of a Land Use Act is not clear and some states have used it as means to charge and collect outrageous taxes.

My authorities are sections 1 and 5 as well as the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, 1998 and the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, (Amendment) Order 2015. Also Section 7(5), Paragraph 9, Part II of Second Schedule and Paragraph 1(J) of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 281)
DEADLINE FOR ELECTION PETITIONS TO BE FILED IN COURT.

There is time for everything under the earth. A loser in an election has right to go to court and challenge the outcome of an election. Such must be done within 21 DAYS after the date his election result was declared.

My authorities are sections 134 and 158 of the Electoral Act, 2010.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 280)
WHAT MALE POLICE OFFICERS MUST DO BEFORE ENTERING A WOMAN’S HOUSE.

Where a suspect sought to be arrested by a male police officer runs into a property occupied be a woman and such woman ordinarily does not appear in public by reason of custom or religion, the police Officer cannot just enter the said property without doing the following things;

1. The Police Officer must inform the woman to withdraw so that she will not be seen, if she pleases.

2. Police Officer must give the woman enough time and opportunity to withdraw and then enter the property.

My authorities are sections 12(3), 494 and 495 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and other similar laws across States in Nigeria.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 279)
NO PERSON/FIRM CAN COLLECT TAX/LEVY ON BEHALF OF ANY GOVERNMENT IN ANY PART NIGERIA.

Taxes/Levies are serious issues in any part of the world. They are created by government and their prices/amounts are certain and predictable. In Nigeria, all taxes/levies must be created by law and be assessed and collected by eitherFederal, State or Local Governments.
None of the governments can engage, authorise, delegate, use or appoint any person, firm or group to assess or collect taxes/levies on its behalf. The only appropriate tax authorities empowered and allowed to assess and collect taxes/levies in Nigeria are the Federal Inland Revenue Services(FIRS), the State Board of Internal Revenue and Local Government Revenue Committee, by whatever name they call themselves in the respective states and local governments across Nigeria. As well as an Ministry, Government department or any other Government body charged with responsibility for assessing or collecting a particular tax.
NOTE, that no State Government (including its House of Assembly) or Local Government has powers to make any law or Bye-Law that will allow the appointment and engagement of any person/firm in the assessment or collection of any tax/levy in any part of Nigeria.
I have seen several persons and firms parading letters of engagement from some tax/levy agencies of government, such person should be properly guided.

If you have tax/levy issues/challenges, kindly talk to your lawyer or tax consultant. It is your right to know.

My authorities are sections 2 and 5 as well as the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, 1998 and the Schedule to the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act, (Amendment) Order 2015. Also Sections 4(5), 7(5), Paragraphs 7, 8 and 9, Part II of Second Schedule and Paragraph 1(J) of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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