The Ekit State House of Assembly has passed a law prescribing death penalty for anyone found guilty of engaging in cultism. It also revised upward punishments for those aiding and abetting the practice.
The Secret Cult (Abolition and Prohibition) [Ammendment] Bill 2017 was introduced by the House Leader of Business, Hon. Akinyele Olatunji. He drew the attention of the lawmakers called the notice to the incessant killing of students by cultist at the higher institutions in the state, especially the Ekiti State University (EKSU) in recent time.
He praised the state governor, Ayo Fayose, for sending the bill to the house.
On why the law needed to be passed urgently, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Kola Oluwawole, said “we cannot fold our arms while some people would constitute themselves to menace of eliminating the lives of innocent people of this state.
“It is an everlasting sorrow for someone to lose his child or relative. The bill will reshape the lives of our youths. It will touch those who intend to join any secret cults and those who have the intention to take another person’s life.
“Those people that we are representing will have peace of mind that their lives and those of their children are safe. The bill considers very seriously the negative consequences of such action because of the irreparable loss of lives.