Nigeria -- Age of Consent
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[Editor Note: On Jan 28, 2000, we received a link to a bookstore which features laws on Nigerian criminal law. Perhaps someone will purchase one and donate the pages necessary to us]
We have been unable to locate laws of Nigeria. We have located some very interesting statistics however according to the organization "SIECUS".
The average age of FIRST-TIME sexual intercourse is 13 years old. Over 55% of all girls have had sex by age of 16.
If you know of any Nigeria statutes on line in English, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECEIVED BY EMAIL:Both Nigerian criminal codes define rape in similar terms. In southern Nigeria, the Criminal Code defines rape as "unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman or a girl, without her consent." Unlawful intercourse with a woman's consent also constitutes rape if the consent is obtained in any of the following ways: by force or threats or intimidation of any kind; by means of false and fraudulent representation as to the nature of the act; or in the case of a married woman, by impersonating her husband. The Penal Code, applicable in northern Nigeria, defines rape in the same manner. However, it provides that "[s]exual intercourse by a man with his own wife is not rape, if she has attained to puberty." Both criminal codes impose the same punishment for rape, which is imprisonment for life, with or without caning. Attempted rape is punishable by 14 years of imprisonment.
Nigerian criminal law addresses a number of sexual offenses. The Penal Code imposes strict penalties for such crimes as "procuration" of a minor girl, importation of a girl from a foreign country with the intent that she may be "forced or seduced to illicit intercourse" with another person, and employment of a minor for prostitution.
In addition, the Criminal Code provides for life imprisonment for any person who has unlawful "carnal knowledge" of a girl under the age of 13.
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