Legitimate Trade, Annexation and Cession of Lagos and International Law

  • Akinsanya Adeoye Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa
  • Rafiu Akindele


The paper contends that the abolition of slave trade Great Britain in 1807 was “a product of growing European industrial expansionism”. Indeed, the promotion of socalled‘legitimatetrade’,whateverthat meant, as well as the Annexation and Cessionof Lagos can be explained only by economic determinism. The paper concludes thatthe Annexation and Cession of Lagos in 1861 was patently violative of customary rulesand principles of international law. Keywords Legitimate trade, annexation and cession of Lagos, International law