It is a criminal offence for any person to cause forced financial dependence or economic abuse of another person. Hence, it is a crime for husband/wife to force the order to stop work or financially dependence on another or any form of economic abuse including denial of inheritance, deprivation of financial resources and household necessities.
The offence is punishable with imprisonment for not more than 2 years and or fine of not more than #500,000.00.
Also note that, it is an offence to merely attempt to commit this offence or to incite or aid another in the commission of the offence. It is punishable with imprisonment for not more than 1 year and or fine of not more than #200, 000.00, respectively.
Kindly note that the law creating the above offences is operational in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Similar laws are now operational in Anambra State, Ebonyi State and Oyo State. Soon, more States will enact similar laws.
My authorities are sections 12, 47 and 48 of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and similar laws across states in Nigeria.
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