Bigamy: a social problem in Nigeria.

Violence Watch. 2002 Jul-Sep; 4(3):1, 4.

Despite the existence of this law on bigamy in Nigeria, men still throw caution to the wind, going on to marry two, three or more women under Customary law. The argument some of these men put forth to justify their criminal act, is that both forms of marriages are recognized by law in Nigeria. However Statutory law supercedes Customary law marriage where a couple conducted both forms of marriage. It is only in a situation whereby a couple only executed a Customary (traditional) marriage that the law on bigamy does not apply. In Nigeria today, bigamy is gaining ground as cases abound of couples who married under the Act, only for the man to later take a second and sometimes third "wife". (excerpt)

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