Updated findings on petty offences violations in Nigeria

Over the past 3 years, Lawyers Alert has been monitoring and documenting human rights violations associated with petty offences in Nigeria. This present report is a compendium of documented incidents of petty offences violations reported between October 2022 and September 2023. The data utilized in this report is drawn from inputs made into the Lawyers Alert Documentation Tool (LadocT).

Petty Offences are offences other than felonies or misdemeanours, primarily targeting the poor and underserved in any society. Petty Offences are said to “wear the face of Poverty”, given their predominant impact on the economically disadvantaged in any given community. They include hawking, loitering, alms-seeking, etc. 

Year: 2023
Resource Type:
Alternatives to Criminalisation
Cost of Exclusion
Courts Systems
Fees and Fines
Human Rights
Petty Offences
Public Health
Pre-trial Detention
Use of Public Spaces
People Groups:
People in Detention
People with Disabilities
People experiencing Homelessness or live in informal settlements
Informal Workers
LGBTQIA+ persons
People affected by Displacement (including migrants and refugees)
People experiencing Poverty
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
Sex Workers
Women and Girls
Campaign Partner:
Lawyers Alert