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Cultism: Lagos passes law to punish convicts’ parents

Williams Babalola
The Lagos State House of Assembly has taken its fight against cultism in the state to the next level as it has passed the Unlawful Societies and Cultism (Prohibition) Bill 2020, that propose that the state wil punish parents of convicted cultists in the state alongside their children.
Although the House did not specify the kind of punishment it was advocating, the house passed the bill on Monday through a voice vote by the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa during a plenary session.
Obasa said the House had included punishment for parents of cultists found guilty of cultism in the amendment of the Anti-Cultism Law, submitted by the state government.
The speaker said the punishment was to further prohibit unlawful societies and cultism, including other connected purposes in the state.
He said, “Parents of cultists found guilty of cultism in the state ‘might be liable’ for punishment. The bill, if signed into law, will provide for the prohibition of unlawful societies and cultism in Lagos and for connected purposes. Though, we will also differentiate between the types of cultism in the country, so that we won’t solve one problem and create another.”
Also contributing, David Setonji, representing Badagry Constituency II, described the issue as a major challenge for the state due to its “commotion-causing devilish ideas”.
Mr Setonji, therefore, charged parents to take proper care of their children by ensuring their compliance with societal norms and values.
“The issue of cultism has been a major challenge to us in the state. There is nothing wrong in associations coming together, but when it has to do with devilish ideas, causing a commotion, that is what we are against. As a result, parents should learn to take care of their children to ensure they conform to societal norms and values,” he said.
The speaker, therefore, asked the acting Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko, to send the clean copy of the bill to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his assent.

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