Section 217-220 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

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Section 217-220 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Section 217 to 220 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 is under C (Armed Forces of the Federation) of Part III (Supplemental) of Chapter VI (The Executive) of the constitution.

Section 217 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Establishment and composition of the armed force of the Federation

(1) There shall be an armed forces for the Federation which shall consist of an army, a navy, an Air Force and
such other branches of the armed forces of the Federation as may be established by an Act of the National
Assembly.
(2) The Federation shall, subject to an Act of the National Assembly made in that behalf, equip and maintain the
armed forces as may be considered adequate and effective for the purpose of –
(a) defending Nigeria from external aggression;
(b) maintaining its territorial integrity and securing its borders from violation on land, sea, or air;
(c) suppressing insurrection and acting in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the
President, but subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly; and
(d) performance such other functions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly.
(3) The composition of the officer corps an other ranks of the armed forces of the Federation shall reflect the federal
character of Nigeria.

See also  Section 275-279 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Section 218 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Command and operational use

(1) The powers of the President as the Commissioner-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation shall
include power to determine the operational use of the armed forces of the Federation.
(2) The powers conferred on the President by subsection (1) of this section shall include power to appoint the Chief
of Defence staff, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, the Chief of Air Staff and heads of any other
branches of the armed forces of the Federation as may be established by an Act of the National Assembly.
(3) The President may, by directions in writing and subject to such conditions as he think fit, delegate to any
member of the armed forces of the Federation his powers relating to the operational use of the Armed Forces of the
Federation.
(4) The National Assembly shall have power to make laws for the regulation of –
(a) the powers exercisable by the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation; and
(b) the appointment, promotion and disciplinary control of members of the armed forces of the Federation.

Section 219 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Establishment of body to ensure federal character of armed forces

The National Assembly shall –
(a) in giving effect to the functions specified in section 217 of thisConstitution; and
(b) with respect to the powers exercisable by the President under section 218of this Constitution, by an Act,
established a body which shall comprise such members as theNational Assembly may determine, and which shall
have power to ensure that the composition of the armed forces of the Federation shall reflect the federal character of
Nigeria in the manner prescribed in the section 217 of this Constitution.

See also  Section 286-296 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Section 220 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Compulsory military service

(1) The Federation shall establish and maintain adequate facilities for carrying into effect any Act of the
National Assembly providing for compulsory military training or military service for citizens of Nigeria.
(2) Until an Act of the National Assembly is made in that behalf the President may maintain adequate facilities in
any secondary or post-secondary educational institution in Nigeria for giving military training in any such institution
which desires to have the training.

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