Kwara State government has proposed an executive bill pending in the State House of Assembly, a 14-year jail term for convicted cultists when signed into law.
The Bill which is part of the efforts of the government to eradicate rising cases of cultism in the state has a minimum of 10-year-jail term for a convicted cultist.
In recent times, clashes, Kwara state has experience rival cult groups in campuses and even in the state capital have led to loss of many lives.
During a monthly brief of outcome of the State Executive Council, SEC, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kamaldeen Ajibade, said the Bill had passed second reading in the state assembly, noting that no effort would be spared to eradicate cultism which, he said, had reached embarrassing level in the state.
According to him, “In the Bill, the least of 10 years jail term and highest of 14 years have been prescribed for anyone found guilty of cultism in the state.”
He further explained that the bill contained among others, confiscation of buildings and property harbouring such convicted cultists by the state government. Ajibade also said the state government had directed the harmonisation of the white papers released over Share/Tsaragi crisis of 2010 with that of 2015, to have a holistic and final solution to the protracted crisis in the two neighbouring communities.
He assured that in the next SEC meeting, the white papers would have been harmonised to be released to the public.