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Double Effect As Supreme Court Reviews Ihedioha Vs Uzodinma Election Petition

By Harry Fanon (Esq.)


The doctrine and principle of double effect is often invoked to explain the permissibility of an action that causes a serious harm. According to the principle of double effect, sometimes it is permissible to cause harm as a side effect or double effect of bringing about a good result.

It is not permissible to cause harm as a means to bringing the good end. With the doctrine of double effect, the bad effect is foreseeable but it must not be intended. This is akin to the notion of dilemma.

Tomorrow, Tuesday March 3, 2020 the Nigerian Supreme Court decision review on Ihedioha vs. Uzodinma election petition saga will anchor on the doctrine of double effect.

No easy way out of the legal situation the Supreme Court has brought upon herself.

However and whichever way the Supreme Court chooses today to remain finally infallible or infallibly final certainly there will be a bad effect or a new legal precedence which may not be in the contemplation of the Supreme Justices.

Harry Fanon is a philosopher and a jurisprudence lawyer. He writes from his Ahiazu Cave; hfanon@yahoo.com;  08077788898.

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