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Title:Juju oaths in customary law arbitration and their legal validity in Nigerian courts
Author:Oba, Abdulmumini A.
Year:2008
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Volume:52
Issue:1
Pages:139-158
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:customary law
oaths
administration of justice
Abstract:Traditional oaths play decisive roles in Nigerian customary law arbitration and are recognized and accorded due respect by the courts in Nigeria. This position is now threatened by four emerging factors. First, all customary law arbitrations (including those based on juju oaths) are now subjected to stringent conditions before the courts will enforce them. Secondly, there are discordant voices in the Supreme Court on the legal relevance and juristic value of traditional oaths, which is illustrated by a number of decisions. Thirdly, in August 2005, the gruesome activities of some shrines, notably the Okija shrine, where juju oaths are administered in some Igbo communities, were exposed in the mass media. This exposure has given traditional oaths a bad image. Lastly, the rising profile of Islam and Christianity is taking its toll on traditional oaths. The author argues that there is a need to protect traditional oaths from these threats. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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