Lagos Plans 21 Years Jail Term for Cultists

By Sunday Akintoye

Lagos State Government is set to deal decisively with members of unlawful societies and cultism with a new bill being considered by the state House of Assembly.

The bill entitled “A Bill For A Law To Provide For The Prohibition of Unlawful Societies And Cultism In Lagos State And For Other Connected Purposes,” went through public hearing on Thursday 24th September, 2020 at the Assembly Pavilion.

The law states that any person who by any means of intimidation, harassment, blackmail or threat of violence, compels any person to join an unlawful society, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of fifteen (15) years.

Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee On Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Mr. Victor Akande said the bill when passed would address the problem of cultism in the state.

In his keynote address,the Speaker of the House, Chief Mudashiru Obasa, represented by the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, said that the bill was important to the development of the state.

“We are here to today to discuss how to protect ourselves and our societies. We may have noticed the alarming rate of cultism and how our children are being indoctrinated. The issue has now extended to our primary and secondary schools”.Mr. Victor Akande stated.

The Leader of the House, Mr. Sanai Agunbiade, said that it was a very important bill and that the act of cultism has eaten deep into our society, adding that it was important for the government to intervene quickly.

Mr Agunbiade said the cultists have left the campuses due to the way they are being dealt with and cultism has extended to primary and secondary schools.

Sunday Akintoye

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