Section 27

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Section 27 criminalises the abduction, removal and transfer of a child out of the custody of their lawful guardian.

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Section 27- Abduction, removal and transfer from lawful custody-                                        

(1) No person shall remove or take a child out of the custody or protection of his father or mother, guardian, or such other person having lawful care or charge of the child against the will of the mother, father, guardian or other person.

(2) A person who contravenes the provisions of subsection (1) of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction-

(a) where the child is unlawfully removed or taken out of Federal Republic of Nigeria-(i) with intention to return the child to Nigeria, to imprisonment for a term of 15 years or (ii) with no intention to return the child to Nigeria, to imprisonment for a term of twenty years

(b) where the child is unlawfully removed or taken out of the state in which the father, mother, guardian or such other person who has lawful care of the child is ordinarily resident, to imprisonment for a term of ten years, or

(c) in any case, to imprisonment for a term of 7 years.

Nigeria / 31st of July 2003 / Nigeria / Child's Rights Act

The Child’s Rights Act seeks to implement the international commitments adopted by Nigeria’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and ILO Convention 182 on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour. The Act seeks to provide for and protect the rights of children in Nigeria. In accordance with international norms, Section 277 of the Child’s Rights Act defines a child as a person below the age of 18. Some States of Nigeria have also enacted their own supplementary State laws on children’s rights.