Details of new law against cultists emerge - Lagos
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Lagos House of Assembly passed a bill banning cultism and related illegal societies into law on Monday.
It targets cultists as well as parents/guardians, if found liable of shielding or failing to report their children/wards to relevant security agencies.
In details of the law seen by Press on Tuesday, the law says the society shall be regarded as unlawful if its members carry out illegal, destructive activities contrary to public policy, safety and peace.
Anyone found guilty of engaging in cult activities would be sentenced to 21 years imprisonment.
The law stipulates a 15 years jail term for anyone convicted of abetting cultists or who allows his premises to be used by cultists as a meeting place.
Section 3 targets members of an unlawful society or cult, persons who identify as a member, solicit for members, attend a meeting of an unlawful society or cult whether as a member or an intending member.
Those in the category are liable on conviction to a term of 21 years imprisonment.
Anyone found guilty of compelling a person to join an unlawful society or cult, commits an offence and liable on conviction to a term of 21 years imprisonment.
Additionally, any person who administers or is present at and consents to the administering an oath to become a member of an unlawful society or cult under, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to 7 years.
The law 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 to cause harm to anyone.
The law reserves punishment for anyone who does any illegal act which may cause a breach of peace, disturb public peace or pose a threat to life and property.
For students in Lagos, the law prohibits campus cultism. Anyone convicted would face a jail term not exceeding 2 years.
The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, has directed the Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit the law to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent.
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