What Cross River government is planning for cultists will shock you
The Cross River State Public Order Prohibition of Secret Cult And Offensive Weapons Bill 2019′ is proposing a death penalty.
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Cultism is a menace in Cross River
The amendment of the Anti-Cultism Act has begun by the Cross River House of Assembly, an Act which was signed into law on April 2002 under the administration of the then Governor Mr Donald Duke.
The bill, christened ‘Cross River State Public Order Prohibition of Secret Cult And Offensive Weapons Bill 2019′ was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Joseph Bassey, on Thursday in Calabar.
Bassey told the House that the bill which seeks to, not just define who is a member of a secret cult, but to actually explain who is a cultist.
He further explained that the bill is expected to stop the countless killings of young people of Cross River on campuses by cultists.
“Cultism has become a top killer factor in the state, even more, deadly than some diseases. The killing of young Crossriverians on campuses is alarming and we must take steps to address it.
“This bill seeks to outline stiffer punishment for any individual who is arrested for involvement in cultism to set as a deterrent to others,” he said.
Contributing to the bill, Mr Elvert Ayambem, who represents Ikom II State Constituency, argued that it was not enough for the bill to sentence cult culprits to few years imprisonment.
Ayambem added that a death penalty on one or two persons would deter the rest from the crime.
According to him, the crimes of kidnapping, robbery and cultism have the same endpoint of taking human life, hence the house should resolve on death penalty for offenders.
“When kidnappers seize a victim and a ransom is not paid, they often result in killing the victim. Likewise armed robbers; when they break into a home and there is nothing to rob, they kill the victims.
“Accordingly, the same is applicable to cultists who by the end of the day, also kill. So, I maintain that the death penalty be spelt out for any offender,” he said.
Source : (NAN)
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