Buhari Assents to Extradition Act, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to five bills, including the Extradition (Amendment) Act 2018, Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Act, 2018 and Nigerian Centre For Disease Control And Prevention (Establishment) Act, 2018.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday.

The presidential aide disclosed that the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Act 2018, and the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geo-sciences, Jos, (Establishment) Act 2018, were also assented to by the president.

On the Extradition bill, Enang said that the Act vested jurisdiction on extradition proceedings now on the Federal High Court and no more the Magistrates Court or Magistrates.

He explained that the amendment further introduced a new section 15(2) preventing double jeopardy as protected by Section 36(9) of the Constitution.

“The new section prevents a person surrendered to Nigeria in accordance with extraction treaty, obligation from being arrested, detained, extradited or otherwise dealt with in Nigeria or any other country within the Commonwealth or any other country having same extraditing agreement with Nigeria, if the proceedings relate to an offence for which he has been previously convicted or acquitted in the requesting country for which extradition is sought by the Nigerian authorities.’’

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