From Omale Adama, Lokoja
Kogi state House of Assembly, on Monday, had the second reading of the Bill for a law to proscribe and prohibit formation and membership of secret cults in institutions of learning in the state.
Titled: “A Bill for a law to proscribe and prohibit the establishment, formation and membership of secret cults and secret societies in institutions of learning in Kogi State”, the Bill seeks to address rampant killings that have permeated institutions of learning in the state.
The bill seeks to provide the legal frame work for proper investigation and prosecution of cultists’ activities and related issues in various institutions of learning across the state.
The House resolved into a Committee of the Whole to consider clause-by-clause merits of the bill sponsored by Mr Henry Ojuola representing Yagba-East constituency.
Presenting the bill, Ojuola said that when passed, the law would empower Governing Councils of the institutions as well as school authorities to conduct investigations into allegations of cultism practices.
The Law would also empower the authorities to proscribe unlawful societies and take disciplinary actions against students and other persons who contravened the provisions of the laws in the schools.
Members in their various contributions had described the bill as timely in view of reported killings at Kogi State University, Anyigba over alleged rivalry among cult groups.
Speaker of the house, Alhaji Momoh-Jimoh Lawal mandated the committee on Peace and Security and that of Justice and Judiciary to work on the bill and present their report within one week to enable speedy passage of the bill.