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Published On: Wed, Feb 5th, 2020

Zamfara clerics want law prohibiting banditry, other incidental offences

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From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

The Zamfara State Council of Islamic Scholars and the Joint Youth Islamic Organization (JYIO) have jointly called on the state House of Assembly to enact laws that will prohibit and punish offences related to banditry, cultism, kidnapping, cattle rustling, terrorism and other incidental offences, 2020.
The call was made during public hearing yesterday in Gusau, the State capital, which was organized by the Zamfara State House of Assembly Joint Committee on Public Petitions, State Security, Justice and Judiciary on a bill to save the state from all forms of criminal activities disturbing peace in the state.
According to the memorandum submitted by the Zamfara State Council of Islamic Scholars represented by Professor Kabir Umar Jabaka, sections 6, 7, 8 and 9 should be redressed to punish a killer and those aiding him by death penalty.
“The law should prohibit in totality, the activities of cultism in the State as that has been the cause of Quranic desecration by yet to be identified people who do so for worldly earnings.
“Gunrunners and Drug pushers should also be banned by the laws of the State, and to preserve painful punishments on them and those aiding their activities without considering how highly placed they are in the society”, the Council has added.
Responding to submissions by various organizations, the Speaker Zamfara State House of Assembly, right honorable Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya assured people of the State in taking formidable measures to provide adequate security on lives and property.
Responding to newsmen, the Chairman of the Joint Committee of the house on Public Petitions, honorable Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma, said the State legislators have unanimously decided to organize the Public hearing with a view to make Zamfara a crime-free state.

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