A Critical Appraisal of Executive Immunity under the 1999 Nigerian Constitution

A Critical Appraisal of Executive Immunity under the 1999 Nigerian Constitution

Author by Dr. Eteete Michael Adam

Language: English

Abstract

It is intended in this paper to survey the concept and purpose of the application of executive immunity and to critically appraise its workings, particularly, within the framework of section 308 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, which, unarguably, is one of the most criticized provisions of the Constitution. In fact, demands have been made, in certain quarters, for of right expunging of this section and these demands have been rationalized, in the main, by a perceived intense abuse which has manifested through recrudescence of palpable executive lawlessness and corruption among public office holders, especially those whose protection the section is targeted at. This Article will, of necessity, examine the continuing relevance of the "immunity section", particularly in the light of the outrage against it and within the context of the ongoing "anti-graft war" and the imperatives of transparency, accountability and probity on the part of elected political office holders.


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