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Law Reform Commission is dormant —Senate

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Senate on Wednesday disclosed that the Nigerian Law Reform Commission was dormant.

This was largely responsible for the continued existence of obsolete laws in the nation’s statue book, members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters said at a confirmation hearing of the commission’s nominees.

The committee is chaired by Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele.

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi said Law Reform Commission was an invisible institution.

He said: “This commission as the body constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of law reforms, ordinarily supposed to be visible but not visible at all.”

Another member of the committee, Senator Ajibola Basiru (APC, Osun Central), said for the commission to have, in its record, only seven attempts of law reforms between 2017 and 2020 shows that it is dormant.

“The worrisome aspect of the dormancy is the existence of obsolete penalty clauses in our law books begging for a review.

“Obsolescence of penalties like N200 fine or six months jail term for offenders of a serious crime is ridiculous and not deterrent as it supposed to be,” he said.

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