Reasons for legal advice and the penalties for armed robbery in the Nigeria
Armed robbery is prohibited and criminalized in Nigeria under three laws: Criminal Code, Penal Code, and Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act.
Section 401 of the Criminal Code Act defines robbery : “Any person who steals anything and, at or immediately after the time of stealing it, uses or threatens to use actual violence to any person or property in order to obtain or retain the thing stolen or to prevent or overcome resistance to its being stolen or retained, is said to be guilty of robbery.
Section 402 of the criminal code act provides the punishment for robbery as follows:
1. Any person who commits the offence of robbery shall upon conviction be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than twenty one years
2. If –(a) any offender mentioned in subsection (1) of this section is armed with any firearms or any offensive weapon or any obnoxious or chemical materials or is in company with any person so armed; or
(b) at or immediately after the time of robbery the said offender wounds any person, the offender shall upon conviction be sentenced to death.