Customary law in nigeria can be described simply as an amalgam of customs or habitual practices accepted by members of a particular community as having the force of law as a result of long established usage 39 ike ehiribe the validity of customary law arbitration in nigeria 18 comp l yb intl bus 131 132 1996. The law of nigeria consists of courts offences and various types of laws nigeria has its own constitution which was established on 29 may 1999 the constitution of nigeria is the supreme law of the country there are four distinct legal systems in nigeria which include english law common law customary law and sharia lawenglish law in nigeria is derived from the colonial nigeria while . For instance if a customary law is invoked in civil proceedings before nigerian courts except in certain sharia and area customary courts it may be ascertained in one of two ways 1 through judicial notice this occurs when the particular custom in question has been established in a superior court of record or 2 via proof 18. May 6 2014 on april 14 2014 the nigerian supreme court in a unanimous decision confirmed decisions of two lower courts which had found unconstitutional an igbo customary law of succession excluding female offspring from eligibility to inherit the property of their fathers. The age of marriage under customary law is governed in the three eastern states of nigeria by the age of marriage law 1956 section 31 of the law provides that a marriage between or in respect of persons either of whom is under the age of sixteen shall be void
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