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
“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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