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  • Updated: April 24, 2024

Anambra Assembly passes secret cult prohibition bill

Anambra Assembly passes secret cult prohibition bill

The Anambra State House of Assembly has passed into law a bill prohibiting secret cult operations and related killings in the state. 

The Anambra State Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Bill 2024 was passed after careful consideration at the third reading on Wednesday. 

The executive Bill was thoroughly studied by lawmakers in the Committee of the Whole. Speaker, Dr. Somtochukwu Udeze monitored a voice vote on each clause, which resulted in the bill's passage. 

The conclusion was made after a careful review of the report submitted by the Joint Committee on Education, judiciary, and Justice. 

Udeze directed Acting Clerk Okechukwu Nwobi to transmit a clean copy to Governor Chukwuma Soludo for assent. The measure states that attending covert cult meetings or activities implies membership. 

It also recognizes the possession of cult emblems or related materials as proof of membership.

“The law also empowers the police or any security agent to arrest a person who is in possession of an offensive weapon being kept in any house or building.

“Any person, who is a member of a secret cult, commits an offense whether or not in possession of offensive weapon and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for life or a minimum of 21 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

“Any member of a secret cult who voluntarily renounces his membership of the cult and submits any offensive weapon in his possession to the Police, shall be free from prosecution.

“A rehabilitation agency shall be created where persons who renounce their membership of secret cult or any proscribed society shall receive counseling,” it said.

Majority Leader and member for Ekwusigo Constituency, Ikenna Ofodeme, said the law will help the administration significantly in reducing crime and criminality in the state in an interview with a reporter after the plenary.

He claimed it would enable authorities to take decisive action against offenders and assist preserve the lives of locals.

The House postponed its full session until Thursday. 

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