- The Lagos House of Assembly has taken strong action to eradicate cultism in the state
- The lawmakers on Monday, February 1, passed a new law which prescribes 21-year imprisonment for convicted cultists
- For anyone found guilty of aiding and abetting cultist activities, the new law stipulates a 15-year jail term
The Lagos House of Assembly has passed into law a bill banning the activities of cultists and related illegal societies across the state.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng, the new law passed on Monday, February 1, stipulates 21-year imprisonment for anyone found guilty of engaging in cult activities.
It also stipulates a 15-year jail term for anyone convicted of abetting cultists or anyone who allows his premises to be used by cultists as a meeting place.
Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the state assembly, has subsequently directed the clerk, Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit the law to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent.
Section 3 of the law states:
“Any person who is a member of an unlawful society or cult, identifies as a member or solicits for members of an unlawful society or cult, attends a meeting of an unlawful society or cult whether as a member or an intending member of the unlawful society or cult commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 21 years imprisonment.”
The law also stipulates 21-year jail term for any member of a cult group who sets fire on anything or uses a firearm or deadly objects to cause harm to anyone.
For students in the state, the law, which prohibits campus cultism, says anyone of them who is convicted would face a jail term not exceeding two years.
Meanwhile, in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in Lagos state and Nigeria at large, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the ban on gatherings of more than 50 persons across the state.
Legit.ng gathered the southwest governor made the disclosure on Sunday, January 31, during a press briefing.
Sanwo-Olu who stated this while giving an update on coronavirus in Lagos state said the order is in line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.