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Lagos Assembly prescribes 21-yr jail term for cultists

The State House of Assembly
late Monday passed a bill banning the activities of cultists and related illegal societies across the state into a law.
The new law stipulates a 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 who allows his premises to be used by cultists as a meeting place.
After its passage, the Speaker of the
state Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru
Obasa, directed the clerk of the House,
Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit the
law to Babajide Sanwo-Olu for
assent.
Titled: “A law to provide for the
prohibition of unlawful societies and
cultism in Lagos State and for other
connected purposes,” it says a society
shall be regarded as unlawful if its
members carry out illegal, destructive
activities contrary to public policy, safety and peace of members of the public.
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 jail term also concerns anyone who
attends such meetings or does any illegal act which may probably cause a breach of peace, disturb public peace or conducts activities in such a manner a to pose a threat to life and property.
The law further states: “Anyone who
forms, organises or combines and agrees
with anyone to form or organise an
unlawful society or cult, manages and
assists in the management of an unlawful society or cult or knowingly allows a meeting of members of an unlawful society or cult to be held in any property under his control commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 15 years imprisonment.
The 15-year jail term further applies
to anyone who intimidates or compels
people to join a cult group.
“Any person who injures or uses violence on a person to compel the
person to join an unlawful society or
cult, commits an offence and liable
on conviction to a term of 21 years
imprisonment.
“Any person who administers or is present at and consents to the administering of any unlawful oath that
appears to bind the person who takes it to become a member of an unlawful society or cult under this law, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to seven years,” the law says.
It also stipulates 21 years for any
member of a cult group who sets fire on
anything or uses firearm or deadly objects including acid and other chemicals in any manner as 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.

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