Judge urges NASS to provide regulatory framework for e-commerce

A Kogi High Court Judge, Justice Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye, has called on the National Assembly establish a legislative framework regulate e-commerce in the country.

Omolaye-Ajileye made the in his presentation at a webinar organised by the Rule of Law Development Foundation (ROLDF) on Wednesday in Lokoja.


In the paper titled: “Technology and The Law: A for A Paradigm Shift in the Legal Profession in Nigeria, the Jurist,” he decried the absence of laws regulating e-commerce.

He said the “exigencies of the modernity of our age demand that the National Assembly takes urgent and proactive steps enact the requisite electronic transaction laws.”

Omolaye-Ajileye observed that due the growing use of technology, around the world were enacting laws protect consumers that engaged in e-commerce or online transactions.

“But none exists in in the class of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Model Law, otherwise called the UNCITRAL Model Law on Commerce,” he said.

He said in the absence of a law regulating electronic transactions, consumers who engaged in such transactions would be doing that at their own peril.

According him, it is this legislative lacuna that opened up a controversy recently over the legitimacy or otherwise of cryptocurrency.

He submitted that the solution did not lie in the Central Bank Governor’s unilateral declaration of cryptocurrency as an illegal money but in appropriate authorities filling the legislative or regulatory gaps.

The jurist stressed that Nigeria, with a growing economy had no reason lag behind such a global trend.

Omolaye-Ajileye urged that the current legislative apathy and complacency on issues relating technology ought be addressed with dispatch as “the world is matching on and afford stagnate.”

He, therefore, called on the National Assembly without further delay, remove all existing inhibitions and initiate appropriate legislation protect consumers engaged in e-commerce.

Joseph Daudu (SAN), Coordinator, ROLDF, commended the submission of the jurist.

Daudu assured the participants of the determination of ROLDF pursue the enactment of the relevant laws. (NAN)