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NEWS UPDATE: Nkem Okoro: Illegality of regional, State security outfits

NEWS UPDATE: Nkem Okoro: Illegality of regional, State security outfits

Given that the go back to democratic guideline in 1999, Nigeria has actually continued to deal with a myriad of low-intensity disputes which present hazards to nationwide security. These disputes consist of ethnoreligious crises, farmer-herders clashes, common disputes, Boko Haram terrorism/insurgency, militancy in the Niger Delta, to discuss however a couple of. The federal government, at all levels, has actually been making efforts at resolving these disputes a few of which have actually shown intractable, extending the nation’s security device, particularly the Police to the limitation.

Following upon the failure of the Federal Federal government to sufficiently safeguard the lives and homes of the people, some States, and areas in Nigeria have actually chosen to either produce their local security clothing or state security, for varied political factors.

This piece, is, for that reason, targeted at taking a look at the constitutionality and the legality of such acts by a few of the states/regions in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

All the actions of the federal government, either the Federal or State, in Nigeria are governed by the arrangements of the Constitution. By virtue of area 1( 1) of the 1999 Constitution, the arrangements of the Constitution transcend to every arrangement made in any Act or Law and are binding on and should be observed and appreciated by all individuals and authorities in Nigeria. The Constitution is the grundnorm and the basic unwritten law. All other legislations take their hierarchy from the arrangements of the Constitution. The arrangements of the Constitution take precedence over any law enacted by the National Assembly despite the fact that the National Assembly has the power to change the Constitution itself. By the arrangements of the Constitution, the law made by the National Assembly follows to the Constitution, followed by those made by the Home of Assembly of a State. See the case of Okorocha V PDP (2014) 7 NWLR (Pt. 1406) 213, where the Supreme Court held as follows:

The court should do all it can to jealously safeguard its powers and the supremacy of the constitution as the grundnum, which is above all other authorities. The court, as the custodian of the constitution, should not, for that reason, be seen to mock the really organization that puts it in location. (P. 269, paras. C-D)

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as changed, supplies the limitations of the executive powers of both the Federation and the states. See area 5( 1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which supplies as follows:

Topic to the arrangements of this Constitution, the executive powers of the Federation:

( a). Shall be vested in the President and may, subject as aforesaid and to the arrangements of any law made by the National Assembly, be carried out by him either straight or through the Vice President and Ministers of the Federal Government of the Federation or officers in the general public service of the federation; and

( b). Shall reach the execution and upkeep of this Constitution, all laws made by the National Assembly and to all matters with regard to which the National Assembly has, for the time being, power to make laws

( 2 ). Topic to the arrangements of this Constitution, the executive powers of a state-

( a). Shall be vested in the Guv of that State and might subject as aforesaid and to the arrangements of any law made by a Home of Assembly, be worked out by him either straight or through the Deputy Guv and Commissioners of the Federal government of that state or officers in the general public service of the state; and

( b). Shall reach the execution and upkeep of this Constitution, all laws made by the Home of Assembly of the state and to all matters with regard to which your home of Assembly has, for the time being, power to make laws.

See likewise the arrangements of area 5( 3a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as follows:

The executive powers vested in a State under subsection (2) of this area will so be worked out as not to _

( a). hamper or bias the workout of the executive powers of the Federation.

( c). threaten the continuation of a federal government in Nigeria. The National Assembly has the powers to make laws for the peace, order and great federal government of Nigeria, in regard of the 68 products noted in the special legal list under part 1, to the 2nd Arrange of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the other products noted on the concurrent legal list in Part 2, 2nd Arrange to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. See the arrangements of area 4( 2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as modified, which supplies as follows:

The National Assembly will have powers to make laws for the peace, order and great federal government of the Federation or any part thereof with regard to any matter consisted of in the special

legal list set out in Part 1 of the 2nd Arrange to this Constitution.

Your House of Assembly of a State likewise has such powers to make laws for the peace, order and great federal government in regard of the State or any part thereof and with regard to matters noted in subsection (7) (a)-( c) of area 4 of the Constitution, which likewise supplies as follows:

Your House of Assembly of State will have power to make laws for the peace, order and great federal government of the state or any part thereof with regard to the following matters, that is to state

a. Any matter not consisted of in the Exclusive Legal List set out in Part 1, of the 2nd Arrange to this Constitution.

b. Any matter consisted of in the Concurrent Legal List set out in the very first column of Part 11 of the 2nd Arrange to this Constitution to the level recommended in the 2nd Column opposite thereto; and

c. Any other matter with regard to which it is empowered to make laws in accordance with the arrangements of this constitution.

It would be unbelievable for your home of Assembly of a State to compete that due to the fact that it has the power to make laws for the peace, order and great federal government of the State, it might enact a law for the State on a matter on the Exclusive Legal List. Such a law would merely be void and of no impact whatsoever. Each of the National Assembly and your home of Assembly of a State can just run, orbit, or gravitate, within the specification, area, or fulcrum, set by the Constitution. Nigeria runs a constitutional democracy, with a composed Constitution and the powers of each organ are to be determined from the Constitution.

See the case of AG Lagos State V AG Federation & & Ors (2003) LPELR-620( SC) where the Peak Court held as follows:

” Nigeria is no doubt a Federal Republic with a Federal Constitution in which the Legal powers of the Federal Federal Government through the National Assembly and the legal powers of the State Federal governments through the State Assemblies were plainly specified. These include the Exclusive Legal list on which just the National Assembly can enact laws; the Concurrent Legal List which is shared in between the National Assembly and the State Assemblies and the staying which is called the recurring list not consisted of in the Special or Concurrent List which just the State Assemblies can enact laws on. It is for that reason the function of the court when any conflict develops on the skills of either of them to enact laws on any matter, to guarantee that each legal arm runs within its limitation as supplied by the Constitution. And in order to figure out the skills to enact laws as in this case, the analysis of the pertinent arrangements of the Constitution should be conjured up.”

See Products 38, 45and 68 of the 2nd Arrange Part 1, of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as changed. Product 38 offers, military( Army, Navy and Flying force) consisting of any other brand name of the militaries of the Federation. Nevertheless, for this short article, we will be concentrating on product 45, which offers the cops and other federal government security services developed by law( Focus provided). Product 68, supplies to the impact that any matter incidental or extra to any of the products discussed in the special legal list is solely within the legal skills of the National Assembly. By virtue of the addition of product 45, in the special legal list, it implies, that just the National Assembly can enact laws on these concerns, particularly federal government security services, developed by law. See the case of AG Lagos State V AG Federation (2013) 16 NWLR (Pt. 1380) 383. By extension, as these products are not within the legal skills of your home of Assembly, the State Governors, have no executive skills, to make any statements, by which federal government security might be developed. See Areas 4( 7) and 5( 2b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as changed.

Neither your home of Assembly nor the Guv of any State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria has any constitutional powers to develop by law, any security in the federating states of the Federation, the description or appellation of such security, regardless of, as the powers of the guv

and Home of Assembly of a State, are circumscribed by the arrangements of the constitution.

Subsequently, where the guv of a state, goes beyond the limitations of its constitutional powers as offered in the Constitution, the Courts can constantly step in. See the case of Gov of Akwa Ibom State V Umah (2002 )

NWLR (Pt. 767) 738, where the intermediate court held as follows:

In exercising his executive powers, the Guv of a State should act within the Constitution and under any law validly made by the Home of Assembly of the State. In Nigerian democratic established, a blank or Approximate power outside the Constitution and the law is not vested in or had by the Guv of a State. (P. 776, paras. G-H)

See the case of Gov of Akwa Ibom V Umah (Supra), where it was even more held as follows by the Court of Appeal;

By virtue of area 5( 2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, based on the arrangements of the Constitution, the executive powers of a State will reach the execution and upkeep of the Constitution, all laws made by the Home of Assembly of the State and to all matters with regard to which your home of Assembly has for the time being power to make laws. (P. 770, paras. D-D) 13. On Limitation of powers of Guv of a State under area 5( 2 ), 1999 Constitution -The arrangements of area 5( 2) of the 1999 Constitution undergoes arrangements of the Constitution and it implies that the area is certified as it is rendered reliant upon and subjected to other arrangements of the Constitution. And, the simple truth that your home of Assembly of a State has the powers to make laws under the arrangements of the Constitution does not immediately empower the Guv to act under the arrangements where your home of Assembly has actually not made any law under the pertinent area of the Constitution. In any occasion, there should be a law which should license a Guv to act on under the arrangements and such a law should not be irregular with the arrangements of the Constitution. (P. 771, paras.A-G)

See the case of Alakpi V Gov of Rivers State (1991) 8 NWLR (Pt. 211) 575, where it was likewise held as follows:

Per OMOSUN, J.C.A. at page 606, paras. E-F:” The Guv is bound by the Law which the Federal government has actually made. The constitution which is the supreme unwritten law binds him. It is not within his powers to switch the functions of the Civil Service Commission in disciplinary matters. The 1979 Constitution made pro- visions for the functions of the 3 arms of Federal government and the first participant can not unilaterally arrogate to himself the functions of any organ of the Federal government. First participant’s termination of the visit of the appellant was Approximate and illegal.

We send that it is not within the constitutional powers contributed to the Governors in Nigeria, to develop, a local security clothing, or state security clothing for any function whatsoever. The guvs’ powers are worked out within the products for which the State Homes of Assembly have powers to make laws. Your Houses of Assembly in Nigeria, by virtue of products 45 and 68 of Part 1, 2nd Arrange to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, have no legal powers over federal government security, developed by law. Subsequently, no state in Nigeria has powers to develop local or state security.

The legal powers of the State Homes of Assembly can just be worked out in accordance with the limitations, as put on the State Home of Assembly by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. See the case of A.-G., Abia

State v. A.-G., Fed.2006)( 16 NWLR,( Pt 1005) 291, where the pinnacle court held as follows:

The Constitution of a country is the fans et origo, not just of the jurisprudence however likewise of the legal system of the country. It is the start and completion of the legal system. In Greek language, it is the alpha and the omega. It is the barometer with which all statutes are determined. In line with this kingly position of the Constitution, all the 3 arms of Federal government are servants of the Constitution, not in the sense of going through thrall or chains, however in the sense of overall obeisance and commitment to it. This remains in acknowledgment of the supremacy of the Constitution over and above every statute, be it an Act of the National Assembly or a law of your home of Assembly of a State.The supremacy provision is offered in area 1( 1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. All the 3 arms of Federal government should dance to the music and chorus that the Constitution beats and sings, whether the tune sounds great or bad. Relating to the top place area 1 inhabits in the Constitution, I relate to and christen it as the golden area of the Constitution, the adjectival variation of the noun gold. It is the very same golden position in sports that the Constitution inhabits in any jurisprudence and legal system, consisting of ours.

While I identify the constitutional right of the legislatures, that is, the National Assembly and your home of Assembly of the States, to change the Constitution, till that is done, they should kowtow (utilizing the Chinese expression) to the arrangements of the Constitution, whether they like it or not.

Where the National Assembly qua legislature relocations from the constitutional province of area 4( 2) of the Constitution or vice versa, as it connects to your home of Assembly of a State in regard of area 4( 7 ), concern or concern or constitutionality or constitutionalism develops, and law courts in the workout of their judicial powers, when asked by a celebration, will relocate to stop any excess in workout of legal power. This is what I am doing and area 6 of the Constitution is my authority for doing so.

It is just the National Assembly that can make laws incidental or extra to any matter, discussed in the special legal list. Following upon the foregoing, we send most humbly, that your homes of Assembly of the States of the Federation, have no legal skills to make any law referring to the security of any State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it is the special maintain of the National Assembly provided the arrangements of products 45 and 68 of Part 1, 2nd Arrange to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Product 45 Part 1, of the 2nd Arrange to the Constitution, supplies as follows:

Cops and other federal government security services developed by law.

Whereas product 68 Part 1, of the 2nd Arrange to the Constitution, supplies as follows:

Any matter incidental or extra to any matter discussed in other places in this list.

We send, that provided the 2 arrangements above, no Home of Assembly in the Federation, has the legal skills to enact laws on any federal government security service developed by law, or any other matter incidental or extra thereto. We send that any legislation by any Home of Assembly in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, developing any state security, no matter the name provided to such security clothing, is void, as very same would contravene the arrangements of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as changed. It is likewise extremely vires any state Home of Assembly to make such laws, provided the clear and concise arrangements of the constitution described, above. See the case of Chevron Ltd V Imo State Home of Assembly (2016) LPELR- 41563( CA).

We send that, provided the arrangements of area 4( 7a-c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and products 45 and 68 Part 1, of the 2nd Arrange to the Constitution, any law made by any State Home of Assembly, developing any security clothing in Nigeria, is null, void, void and of no impact whatsoever. See the case of A.G. OF Lagos State V A.G of the Federation (2003) 2 NWLR (Pt. 833) 1, where it was held as follows:

If the arrangements of any law are irregular with any of the arrangements of the Constitution, they are accountable to be overruled under the “blue pencil guideline” in accordance with the arrangements of area 1( 3) of the 1999 Constitution. [Balewa v. Doherty (1963) 2 SCNLR 155; A.-G., Abia State v. A.-G., Federation (2002) 6 NWLR (Pt.763) 264; A.-G., Ondo State v. A.- G., Federation (2002) 9 NWLR (Pt.772) 222 referred to.] (Pp. 119, paras. A-D; 244, paras. A-D) Per TOBI, J.S.C. at page 244, paras. A-D:

” The Constitution is the barometer on which the constitutionality or otherwise of a statute is determined. Where a statute is irregular or in dispute with any arrangement of the Constitution, the arrangement of the statute will be null and space. This is basically the language of area 1( 3) of the Constitution.”

It is likewise crucial, that we x-ray the arrangements of the second Arrange Part 2, of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it connects to the concurrence legal list, to figure out, whether anything, as it connects to the facility of federal government security by law, was offered in the stated part of the constitution, in favour of a state Home of Assembly.

Your House of Assembly of a state can just enact laws on 13 products, on the concurrent legal list, in Part 11, 2nd Arrange of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as follows:

1. Grants and Loans. 2. Antiquities and Monoliths. 3. Archives and Public Records. 4. Collection of any Tax, charge or rate. 5. Laws with regard to the election of city government Council. 6. Electrical power, its distribution and transmission in a state. 7. Censorship of cinematograph movie and to restrict or limit the exhibit of such movies. 8. Industrial, industrial or farming advancement. 9. Scientific and technological research study. 10. Stats. 11. Trigonometrical, cadastral and topographical studies. 12. Facility of an organization for the functions of a university, technological or expert education.13. technical, trade, post main, main or other kinds of education.

See the case of A.G. Lagos State V Eko Hotels Ltd (2006) 18 NWLR (Pt. 1011) 378, where the Supreme Court held as follows:

Under area 4( 7) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 your home of Assembly of a State is limited to make laws on matters not consisted of in the Exclusive Legal List set out in part 1 of the 2nd Arrange to the Constitution. It can just make laws on matters consisted of in the Concurrent Legal List set out in the very first column of part II of the 2nd Set up to the stated Constitution, to the level recommended in the 2nd column opposite thereto. Your House of Assembly of a State can likewise make laws on any other matter with regard to which it is empowered to make laws in accordance with the arrangements of the Constitution. The subsection plainly vindicates the idea of federalism which Nigeria runs. [A.-G., Abia State v. A.-G., Fed. (2002) 6 NWLR (Pt. 763) 264; A.-G., Ondo State v. A.-G., Fed. (2002) 9 NWLR (Pt. 772) 222; A.-G., Lagos State v. A.-G., Fed. (2003) 12 NWLR (Pt. 883) 1

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