Criminal code unpopular sections in Nigeria

Unpopular sections of the criminal code

Unpopular sections of the criminal codeUnpopular sections of the criminal code

Just like i mentioned in the part one (1) of this this topic.

Criminal code – Some of the sections below are unpopular because people hardly commit the crime.

while some are unpopular because such cases are rarely reported when committed.

Sectionn 250 Rogus and Vagabond
The following person;

1) every person convicted of an offence under the last preceding section after having been previously convicted as an idle and disorderly person;

2) every person wandering abroad and endeavouring by the exposure of wounds or deformation to obtain or gather alms;

3) every person going about as a gatherer or collector of alms, or endeavouring to procure charitable contributions of any nature or kind, under any false or fraudulent pretence;

4) Every suspected person or reputed thief who has no visible means of subsistence and cannot give a good account of himself;

5) every person who exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a prostitute in such a manner as to show that he is aiding, abetting, or

controlling, her prostitution with any man, whether a particular man or not;

(6) every person found wandering in or upon or near any premises or in any road or highway or any place adjacent thereto or in any public place at such time and under such circumstances as to lead to the conclusion that such person is there for an illegal or disorderly purpose;

shall be deemed to be a rogue and vagabond, and is guilty of a misdemeanor, and is liable on summary conviction for the first offence to imprisonment for three months, and for every subsequent offence to imprisonment for one year.
An offender may be arrested without warrant.

Section 248: Sales of matches with White phosphorous.
Any person who-

a) Sells or has in his possession for the purposes of sale any matches made with white (yellow) phosphorus; or,

b) Uses white (yellow) phosphorus in the manufacture of matches; is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of twenty naira, and

any matches in respect of which the offence shall have been committed shall he forfeited.
I know you might be wondering what is white phosphorous matches?? Here is a picture of what it looks like

White phosphorous matches
White phosphorous matches was very dangerous because Vapours from white phosphorous made the match factory workers’ jaw bones rot out of their skulls,

And also as well as causing brain damage.

Also, eating all the match heads in one box can be method of comitting suicide. It was replaced with red phosphorous in the early 20th century.

Section 246: Burial in house
Any person who without the consent of the President or the Governor buries or attempts to bury any corpse in any house, building, premises, yard, garden, compound, or

within a hundred yards of any dwelling-house, or in any open space situated within a township,

is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment for six months.

Section 450: Injuring animals

Any person who wilfully and unlawfully kills, or wounds, any animal capable of being stolen is guilty of an offence

If the animal in question is a horse, mare, gelding, ass, mule, camel, bull, cow, ox, goat, pig, ram, or ostrich, or the young of any such animal,

the offender is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

In any other case the offender is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment for two years.

Section 310 Causing death by threat
A person who, by threats or intimidation or by deceit, causes another person to do an act or make an omission which results in the death of that other person, is deemed to have killed him.

Section 110 : Unlawful wearing uniform of the armed forces
not being a person serving in any of the armed forces of Nigeria, wears the uniform or any part of the uniform of such forces, or

any the armed dress having the appearance or bearing any oregimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms; or

not being a person holding any office or authority under the Government of Nigeria or of any part thereof,

wears any uniform or distinctive badge or mark or carries any token calculated to convey the impression that such person holds any office or authority under the government;

is guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment for one month, or to a fine of ten naira,

unless he proves that he had the permission of the President or of the Governor of a State or wear such uniform or dress, badge or mark or to carry such token:

Provided that this section shall not apply to the wearing of any uniform or dress in the course of a stage play or in any bona fide public entertainment.

Section 111 Selling uniforms to unauthorized persons
Any person who sells or gives any uniform, or part of a or any dress, badge or mark,

as in the last preceding section mentioned, to any person who is not authorised to wear the same,

is guilty of an offence and is liable to the penalties prescribed in the said section.

Section 424 pretending to exercise witchcraft or tell fortune
Any person who for gain or reward pretends to exercise or use any kind of witchcraft, juju, sorcery, enchantment, or

conjuration, or under- takes to tell fortunes, or pretends from his skill or knowledge in any occult science to discover where or

in what manner anything supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found, is guilty of a misdemeanour, and

is liable to imprisonment for one year.

Section 417 Breaking into place of worship and committing felony
Any person who breaks and enters a building ordinarily used for religious worship, with intent to commit a felony therein,

is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

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