Section 17 to 21 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Arrangement – SECTION Section 1-6 [CHAPTER 1- Interpretation] Section 7-10 [CHAPTER 2 – Parties to Offences ] Section 10A-16 [CHAPTER 3 – Application of Criminal Law]  Section 17-21 [ CHAPTER 4  –  Punishments ] Section 22-36 [CHAPTER  5 Criminal –  Responsibility ] Section 37-49D [CHAPTER  6, CHAPTER 6A  – Treachery  ] Section 50-60 [CHAPTER 7]  Section 61-68 [CHAPTER  8, CHAPTER  9 ] Section 69-88A [CHAPTER  10  – Unlawful  assemblies:  breaches  of  the  peace] Section 89-111 [CHAPTER  11 – Disclosure  of  official  secrets  and  abstracting  document, CHAPTER  12 – Corruption  and  abuse  of  office ]   Section 112-133 [CHAPTER  13 – Selling  and  Trafficking  in  offices, CHAPTER  14 Offences  relating  to  the  administration  of  justice]  Section 134-145 [CHAPTER  15 – Escapes;  Rescues;  obstructing  officers  of  court] Section 146-160B [CHAPTER  16 – Offences  relating  to  the  Currency] Section 161-175 [CHAPTER  17 – Offences  relating  to  Posts  and  Telecommunications]  Section 176-189 [CHAPTER  17 – Offences  relating  to  Posts  and  Telecommunications] Section 190-203 [CHAPTER  18 – Miscellaneous  offences  against public authority ] Section 204-213 [CHAPTER  19 , CHAPTER  20 ] Section 214-233 [CHAPTER  21 – Offences  against  Morality ] Section 233B-233F [CHAPTER  21A – Obscene  Publications ] Section 234-242 [CHAPTER  22 – Nuisances;  gaming  houses;  lotteries;  misconduct  relating  to  corpses] Section 243-251 [CHAPTER  23 , CHAPTER  24] Section 252-280 [CHAPTER  25 – Assaults  and  violence  to  the  person  generally;  justification  and  excuse]  Section 281-299 [CHAPTER  25 – Assaults  and  violence  to  the  person  generally;  justification  and  excuse ] Section 300-329 [CHAPTER  26, CHAPTER  27]  Section 330-350 [CHAPTER  28 – Offences  endangering  life  or health] Section 351-369 [CHAPTER  29 – 31] Section 370-390 [CHAPTER  32 – 34] Section 391-400 [CHAPTER  35 – Offences  analogous  to  stealing] Section 401-409 [CHAPTER  36 – Stealing  with  violence:  extortion  by  threats ] Section 410-433 [CHAPTER  37 – 39] Section 434-442 [CHAPTER  40 – 41] Section 443-462 [CHAPTER  42 – Offences ] Section 463-479 [CHAPTER  43 – 44] Section 480-489 [CHAPTER  45 – 46 (Personation)] Section 490-507 [CHAPTER  47 – 52] Section 508-521 [CHAPTER  53 – 55]

Section 17,18,19,20,21 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Section 17 to 21 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act is under Chapter 4 of the Act, and titled ‘Punishments‘.

Section 17 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Kinds of punishments
Subject to the provisions of any other written law, the punishments which may be inflicted under this
Code are death, imprisonment, caning, fine and forfeiture.
[1960 No. 30.]

Section 18 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Caning for male persons under seventeen
Whenever a male person who, in the opinion of the court, has not attained seventeen years of age, has
been found guilty of any offence the court may, in its discretion, order him to be caned in addition to or
in substitution for any other punishments to which he is liable.

Section 19 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Forfeiture of bribes
When any person is convicted of an offence under section 98, 98A, 98B, 99, 112, 117, 126, 128 or 494 of
this Code, the court may, in addition to or in lieu of any penalty which may be imposed, order the
forfeiture to the State of any property which has passed in connection with the commission of the
offence or, if such property cannot be forfeited or cannot be found, of such sum as the court shall assess
as the value of such property, and any property or sum so forfeited shall be dealt with in such manner as
the Governor may direct. Payment of any sum so ordered to be forfeited may be enforced in the same
manner and subject to the same incidents as in the case of the payment of a fine.
[1960 No. 30. 1966 No. 84. 1960 No. 30. L.N. 112 of 1964.]

See also  Section 112-133 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Section 20 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Forfeiture of property used in postal offences
When any person is convicted of an offence under section 170, 175, 177, 179, 180 or 183 of this Code,
the court may, in addition to or in lieu of any penalty which may be imposed, order the forfeiture of any
personal property which has been used in the commission of the offence or in respect of which the
offence has been committed and may order such property to be destroyed or otherwise dealt with as to
it may seem fit.

Section 21 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act

Prerogative
Nothing in this Code affects the prerogative of mercy where exercised in accordance with the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
[L.N. 112 of 1964. Cap. C23.]

Credit: https://lawsofnigeria.placng.org/laws/C38.pdf

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