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Nigeria

Constitution as adopted on 1 October 1979, amended.

Article 5

    3. Every person who is arrested or detained shall be informed in writing within 24 hours, and in a language that he understands, of the facts and grounds for his arrest or detention

Article 6

    Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be entitled:
      (a) to be informed promptly in the language that he understands and in detail of the nature of the offence;...
      (f) to have without payment the assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand the language used at the trial of the offence.

Article 19

    4. Government shall promote the learning of indigenous languages.

Article 53

    The business of the National Assembly shall be conducted in English, and in Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba when adequate arrangements have been made therefore.

Article 95

    The business of a House of Assembly shall be conducted in English, but the House may in addition to English conduct the business of the House in one or more other languages spoken in the state as the House may by resolution approve.

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