10 Steps to Buying Property in Lagos

Legal Guide to buying Property in Lagos Buying land or developed property is one of the dreams of every Nigerian. It can be a very exciting and very scary prospect at the same time. This is especially so because in Lagos, Nigeria there is always......

10 Things Lagosians should know about the Lagos Tenancy Law

The Lagos Tenancy Law 2011   1. The Lagos Tenancy Law 2011 does not apply to residential premises owned or operated by an educational institution for its staff and students; this would include boarding houses, hostels, university staff quarters etc.   2. The Lagos Tenancy Law......

10 Things To Know About Nigeria’s Cybercrime Act 2015

This is a high-level overview of what the Cybercrime Act 2015 provides, and things we should be aware of. 1. The Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015 gives the President the power to designate certain computer systems, networks and information infrastructure vital to the national security of Nigeria......

11 Rights Every Nigerian Should Know About

11 Rights Every Nigerian Should Know About Every Nigerian has rights, duties, liabilities and privileges, which are provided for in the hundreds of laws that exist in Nigeria. However, there are certain rights that basically trump all other ones. They are rights that are referred to......

11 Steps to How a Law is Made in Nigeria

How a Law is made in Nigeria Nigeria operates a Federal Legislative system, and therefore a law can be made at the National level, State level, and even at the Local Government level. This article will focus only on laws that are made on the......

11 Things to Know about Nigeria’s Employee Compensation Act

Nigeria’s Employee Compensation Act The Employee Compensation Act was an important piece of legislation passed in order to provide for employees who were injured, disabled, or died during the course of their employment. The Act replaced the Workmen’s Compensation Act. Some of the key features......

14 Things Every Nigerian should know about the Constitution

What is the Constitution One of the most common ways we get asked questions on our platform is ‘what does the constitution say about ….’ or ‘this happened to me, is it constitutional?’ The 1999 Nigerian Constitution is the supreme law of the land of......

3 Stages of recalling a Senator in Nigeria

3 Stages of recalling a Nigerian Senator A recall is the process through which a validly elected Senator may be removed from his/her seat in the Senate. It is a voting process where the electorate decide via a referendum (a yes or no vote) whether......

3 Things Every Nigerian Should know about Bail

1. Definition of Bail Bail can be defined as the process whereby a person accused or being charged for the commission of an offence is released by the constituted authority who is detaining him, on the condition that he will appear or report to a......

4 Essential Legal Documents for every Start-Up

4 Essential Legal Documents for Every Start-Up   First off, you should know that the documents we will be discussing in this article are not mandatory. However, that being said, you would be crazy as a founder/entrepreneur of a start-up not to strongly consider having these......

4 Things to know about a Certificate of Incorporation

4 Things to know about a Certificate of Incorporation What is it? A certificate of incorporation is a document given by the companies’ regulation agency of a country (in Nigeria’s case this is the Corporate Affairs Commission – CAC) as evidence of the existence of......

4 ways a Landlord can end a Tenancy Agreement

Ending a Tenancy Agreement When you decide to rent a property or sign a tenancy agreement. You would think that the only time you can leave the property is at the end of the term that you have signed for. However, tenants should know that......

5 Controversial Aspects of the Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015

The Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015 is a novel piece of legislation, this is because it is the first Nigerian Federal Law which was created specifically to deal with the criminal threats and issues we face in the Digital Age. Although the massive gains, which have occasioned the......

5 Important Laws Every Nigerian Should know about

5 Important Laws in Nigeria There are hundreds of laws in Nigeria, and it is almost impossible for the average Nigerian to keep up with all of them and know what every single one says about your rights and duties, so we decided to do......

5 Latin Expressions Nigerian Lawyers love to use

If there’s one thing a Nigerian lawyer loves to do, it’s to show off! They show off in many ways, but by far the favourite way they do this is by interspersing their conversations with latin terms (and also using big grammar like ‘interspersing’). Latin terms are......

5 Laws on Corruption in Nigeria

Laws on Corruption Nigeria is one of the countries which has perennially battled corruption. As a result, there are several laws which deal with corruption. This article discusses a few of the main ones 1. The 1999 Constitution The Constitution is the most important law......

5 Reasons you need to register your Trademark in Nigeria

Why you should register your Trademark in Nigeria     Trademarks represents the brand identity of your company/business You need to protect your brand and identity and the way to do it is to register your trademark in order to stake your ownership. When choosing......

5 Steps to registering a Foreign owned business in Nigeria

Setting up a Business in Nigeria Setting up as a business in a new country can sometimes be a daunting possibility for businesses. You are moving into a terrain which you know very little about, there are all the business challenges which you would normally......

5 Taxes every Nigerian Entrepreneur should be aware of

Taxes in Nigeria If you are reading this post, then you are one of the growing number of Nigerian business persons and entrepreneurs who are interested in knowing what their tax obligations are, and making sure they are operating their business while paying the right......

6 Things to consider before buying a Used Laptop

6 Things to Consider Before Buying a Used Laptop   In this period of economic hardship, buying new stuff is a luxury to some people, and others are trying to free up some spare cash by selling some old items that they do not need. The......

7 Benefits of incorporation in Nigeria

So you have come up with a great business idea, and you are itching to launch and make loads of money in Nigeria. You might think, to start with you do want to keep your startup costs low, and one of the ways you wish......

7 Duties of Nigerian Lawyers to their Clients

Duties of Nigerian Lawyers In spite of what they might think of themselves, Nigerian lawyers (and lawyers worldwide) are in fact human and are capable of making mistakes. In the discharge of their duties, Nigerian lawyers are bound by a high code of ethics and......

7 Legal Pitfalls Tenants in Nigeria should be aware of

Are you a tenant or potential tenant? You need to know these things legal pitfalls. The team at LawPàdí has come up with this Hit list, to help you understand legal pitfalls to avoid. 1. Always have a tenancy agreement- this is very important, the......

7 Things to Know about Nigeria’s Whistle Blower Policy

1. The Whistle-blower Policy is not a Law of the National Assembly. The Whistle Blower Protection Bill is still pending at the National Assembly. The Bill only scaled the second reading in October 2016. You can read all about how Laws are made at the......

7 ways the VAPP has changed the offence of rape in Nigeria

7 Ways the VAPP has revolutionised the offence of Rape in Nigeria In 2015, the Nigerian National Assembly passed the Violence Against Person (Prohibition) Act aka the VAPP. This law is a very important piece of legislation for a number of reasons, and we will......

8 Strange Nigerian Laws

  For a bit of fun, we at LawPàdí decided to dig into the Nigerian Law statute books and our case law to find some weird and strange laws that we believe are still applicable in modern day Nigeria. Under Nigerian Law, a wife of......

9 Things every Nigerian should know about the Labour Act

The Nigerian Labour Act The Nigerian Labour Act is the primary legislation which deals with the relationship between an employer and its employees. It contains quite a number of provisions which govern this relationship dynamic, and also all the regulatory processes applicable for employers. We......

9 Things you should know about Konga Terms & Conditions

 Konga.com Terms and Conditions 1. Konga has a policy on computers, which basically states that if you buy a computer on their website, you are purchasing it strictly for personal use, and it ‘will not be sold, resold, bartered or in any way disposed for......

Are Employment Bonds Legal in Nigeria?

QUESTION: I am a banker currently working with a Nigerian bank. Before my appointment, I was made to sign a 2yr bond that ensures I work with the bank for a minimum of 2 years before my exit or pay N2m upon termination of the appointment. Owing......

Are pre-nuptial agreements valid under Nigerian law?

Pre-nuptial agreements (more popularly known as ‘pre-nups’) are agreements entered into by couples before they formally get married which set out how they will financially arrange their affairs during their marriage, and more importantly how their finances will be dealt with in the unfortunate event......

Can an email be a binding contract?

QUESTION: To what extent does an email or online message count as a binding contract? For the sake of example, let’s take a simple negotiation. If a fee is agreed upon for a particular range of services in an email conversation, can said email be printed......

Can I Evict a Tenant without a court order?

Question I have a tenant that I wish to remove because he has been owing for almost 7 months and bills. I took him to court and he was given time to leave and pay. Time is up. Now he is telling me he doesn’t......

Can you appeal a UK Tourist Visa Rejection

If your application for a visa to the United Kingdom is denied, the simple fact is that you do not have a right of appeal. Right of Appeal for UK Visa Right of appeal only exists in one of the below situations: A decision to......

Case Analysis – Fijabi Holdings v Nigerian Bottling Company

Facts   In 2007, a company called Fijabi Adebo Holdings Ltd (Fijabi) decided that they wanted to buy made in Nigeria Coca-Cola products and export them to the UK. They proceeded to buy large quantities of Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Fanta Lemon, Fanta Pineapple, Sprite, and......

Case Analysis: HIV/AIDS Discrimination in the workplace

Case Analysis – Onuhikemi v Smridu Nigeria Ltd Date of Judgment: July 15, 2016 Court: National Industrial Court of Nigeria – Lagos Division Representation: F.O Abass with F.M Sarumoh for Applicant Ifeomah C. Odo (Mrs) for Respondent     Facts of the Case The applicant......

Companies Income Tax (Amendment) Act 2007

About the Law This Act amends the Companies Income Tax Act Cap.C21 LFN 2004.   Some key provisions of the Law Dissolves the Federal Board of Inland Revenue Amendment of the process of appeal Amendment of some fines   You may read the full provisions here......

Cybersquatting in Nigeria

What is Cybersquatting in Nigeria? A domain name is a unique name that identifies a website. For example, the domain name of this website is ‘lawpadi.com’. Each website has a domain name, and this serves as the address which is used to access it. Cybersquatting......

Different types of Lawyers in Nigeria

Different types of Lawyers There are different types of lawyers in Nigeria, and the practice of law is a very big field in Nigeria. The first point to start with is that when a lawyer gets qualified to practice law in Nigeria, there are no......

Doing Business in Nigeria: A Brief Legal Guide

Company structure The primary law governing companies and businesses in Nigeria is the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). It deals with the various types of company structures, eligibility, process for registration, and rules for operation. The regulatory body that is in charge of implementing......

Electoral (Amendment) Act (No.2), 2011

About the Law This Nigerian law amends the Electoral Act No.6, 2010 (as amended).   Key provision: Abridges the time from 60 days to 30 days within which the Independent National Electoral Commission shall stop the registration of voters before any general election   You......

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How to Evict a Tenant in Lagos

The Process for Evicting a Tenant in Lagos Nigeria This article discusses the process which must be followed to lawfully evict a tenant in Lagos...