21 November 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday signed into law, a bill which prohibits secret cults, terrorism, and stipulates that anyone caught in the act will be handed the death penalty.
This is coming on the heels of the murder of three students of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti 10 days ago in attacks suspected to be related to rivalry among cult groups.
While appending his signature to the bill at the Government House, in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose said the signing was confirmation of the unwavering commitment of the state government to confronting terrorism in the state.
Later in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the governor frowned at the resurgence of cultism in the state, particularly among students in tertiary institutions.
“From now, any person who is a member of a secret cult, whether or not the person is in possession or in control of any offensive weapon but commits the offence, is liable on conviction to death.
“Any person who gives financial or material support or assistance to a secret cult or, in any manner, sponsors activities of a secret cult, commits an offence under this law and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for life,” he said.
Fayose further explained in the statement that anybody who intentionally encourages organising of secret cult meetings or activities in places such as houses, night clubs, hotels and other residential areas would be committed to life imprisonment.
He warned that any building where any cult-related activities are held would be forfeited to the state government, while the owner of such structure would be sentenced to five years imprisonment, without an option of fine.
While re-emphasising his administration’s zero tolerance for cultism and terrorism, the governor assured that lives and property of the Ekiti people would continue to be protected.