Edo Assembly passes Bill to prohibit secret cults

Edo State House of Assembly
Edo State House of Assembly

The Edo House of Assembly on Monday, passed a Bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the law to prohibit the existence, membership and activities of Secret Cults in the state.

The motion to consider the Bill at the committee of the House, was moved by the Majority Leader, Roland Asoro, member representing (APC Orhionmwon South) and seconded by the Chief Whip, Iyoha Osaigbovo (APC-Oredo East).

The passage of the 11-section Bill was sequel to the suspension of House rules 20,27,42,43,44,45,46,47,48 and 49.

The Bill prescribes 21-year jail term for secret cult members and 7-year imprisonment for anyone who harbours a cultist.

The Bill also prescribes that all offences under the law shall be by summary trial and empowers the police to arrest suspected cultists without a warrant.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Kabiru Adjoto, has constituted a five-member Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of the Tayo Akpata University of Education from taking off after it was approved by the state government few years ago.

The committee is chaired by Ojo Asein, member representing (APC Owan West), Henry Okhuarhobo (APC Ikpoba -Okha) Patrick Iluobe (PDP Esan North East).

Other members of the committee are: Festus Edughele (APC Esan South East) Nosayaba Okhunbor (APC Orhionmwon East) and Elizabeth Ativie (APC Uhunmwode).

The constitution of the committee followed a petition by 11 host communities of the institution to the House protesting the abandonment of the university.


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