OrderPaperToday – Ekiti state house of assembly has approved the death penalty for cultists as a bill to that effect scales third reading.
The bill titled, ‘Secret Cult (Abolition and Prohibition) [Amendment] Bill, 2017’ came on the heels of the recent rise in cult activities which led to the killings of students at the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.
Also included in the bill is life imprisonment for those who abet cultism.
The speaker of the assembly, Kola Oluwawole, in his remark, recalled the killings at the university due to cult activities.
Oluwawole said: “We cannot fold our arms while some people would constitute themselves as a menace and 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 youth. 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.”