Emmanuel Ogundele, Lagos
The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed the Unlawful Societies and Cultism (Prohibition) Bill 2020.
The new Bill seeks to punish parents for their children’s crimes.
The assembly passed the bill during a plenary session yesterday through a voice vote conducted by the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.
Obasa noted the state assembly 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 explained the punishment was to prohibit further unlawful societies and cultism, including other allied 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 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,” Obasa said.
David Setonji representing Badagry Constituency II, in his contribution, described the issue as a major challenge for the state due to what he called its commotion-causing devilish ideas.
Setonji, conseqently admonished parents to take proper care of their children by ensuring their compliance with societal norms and values.
His words: “The issue of cultism has been a major challenge to us in the state. There is nothing wrong with 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 explained.
The speaker has asked the acting Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko, to forward the bill to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his assent.