There are certain acts that when done may seem insignificant when placed side by side with stealing. However, the Nigerian Criminal Code in Section 391- 397 classifies these acts as being comparable in certain aspects to the offence of stealing and includes the punishment for engaging in them. They include:
1. Concealing registers:
A register recognised required by law to be kept for the authentication or record of any title to property or recording births, marriages, deaths, or burials when taken from its place of deposit would be considered a felony. It will also attract imprisonment of fourteen years.
2. Concealing wills:
A person who has an intention to defraud and thus decides to hide any testamentary instrument will be considered guilty of a felony, and liable to an imprisonment of 14 years. It does not matter if the writer of the will is alive or dead.
3. Concealing deeds:
A person who has an intention to defraud and thus hides the whole or part of a document that is the evidence of title to the land will be considered guilty of a felony, and liable to imprisonment of fourteen years.
4. Killing animals with intent to steal:
Any person that kills any animal that is capable of being stolen with an intention of stealing the skin or carcass is liable to the same punishment he would have gotten if he had stolen the animal itself.
5. Severing with intent to steal:
If a person with an intent to steal takes apart anything that was initially immovable in order to move it, he would be considered to have stolen such thing. He would also be liable to the same punishment attributed to stealing. E.g if a person removes the windows of a house to steal it, he would be guilty of the offence of stealing.
6. Fraudulently dealing with minerals in mines:
A person that takes or hides any ore or mineral resource in a mine with an intent to defraud any person is guilty of a felony and liable to imprisonment for three years.
7. Bringing stolen goods into Nigeria:
If any person obtained any property in another country in a means that is interpreted as stealing in Nigeria, brings the property into Nigeria, and such act is an offence in the place where it was committed, he would be guilty and liable to the punishment for the offence of stealing.
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