It Is Illegal To Ban Movement of Any Person In Nigeria Without Court Order

It Is Illegal To Ban Movement of Any Person In Nigeria Without Court Order.

DAILY LAW TIPS by Onyekachi Umah,Esq. (Tip 206)

Every Nigerian has the fundamental human right to move freely throughout Nigeria, and reside in any part of Nigeria. Also, a Nigerian can leave/exit Nigeria whenever and no person can expel a Nigerian from Nigeria or refuse a Nigerian from the entering Nigeria.

This human right can only be limited by an order of court. Hence no security agency or government organisation can violate, limit, vary or qualify such right, restrict or ban the movement of any person into or out of Nigeria.

The later judgement (where a Nigerian was unlawfully stopped from entering Nigeria) in the case of (MRS. SEINYE LULU BRIGGS V. 1.COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION 2. NIGERIAN IMMIGRATION SERVICE 3. EFCC (Suit No: FHC/L/CS/147/2020) is very instructive. The full judgement is accessible via here.


My authority is section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999.


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