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Ekiti Assembly begins proceedings on anti-kidnapping, terrorism laws

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By Rotimi Ojomoyela

Ado-Ekiti—Worried by the spate of kidnappings and terrorism in the country, members of Ekiti State House of Assembly have commenced proceedings that will make the state uncomfortable for perpetrators of the crimes.

To this end, two of the three laws that were deliberated upon at the Assembly’s plenary on Tuesday dwelt on curbing of crime.

They are Office of the Public Defender Bill (2015) and Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Bill (2015, which had successfully passed the second reading and were passed on to appropriate House committees to scrutinize for final passage.

According to a statement by the Specia Assistant (Media) to the Speaker of the House, Stephen Gbadamosi, the plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Right Honourable (Pastor) Kola Oluwawole, witnessed robust debate by the members.

Presenting the bills from the order paper, Deputy Leader of Business, Honourable Adeniran Alagbada, lamented the trauma that victims of kidnap and their family members are often subjected to.

Also speaking on the Public Defender Bill, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Honourable Olugboyega Aribisogan, noted that the bill would afford the poor who lack financial capability to pursue their cases and have the opportunity to access justice.

In the same vein, Chairman, House Committee on Health, Dr Babajide Omotoso; Honourable Akinleye Ekundayo, Honourable Titilayo Owolabi-Akerele, Honourable Wale Ayeni and Ayodele Fajemilehin, who also contributed to the motions on the floor, described the laws as those that would have direct positive bearing on the lives of the people of the state.



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