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Kwara seeks 14-Year Jail Term For Cultists

Kwara state government has proposed an imprisonment term of between 10 and 14 years for suspects found guilty of cultism or cult related activities in the state.

The state attorney general and commissioner for Justice, Kamaldeen Ajibade, who spoke with newsmen after the state executive council meeting, said 10 years is proposed to be minimum while 14 would be maximum .

Ajibade who disclosed that an amendment bill to this effect had been sent to the state House of Assembly explained that the decision was taken to strengthen the campaign against cultic activities in the state.

He said that the increasing rate of cultic activities among cult members in the state in the recent time did not mean that the government had whittled down.

He explained that the government did not at any time relent efforts at checking the menace and that it was as a result of the government’s commitment that made it to seek stiffer punishment for culprits.

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The commissioner disclosed that government also seeks enactment of law that provides for confiscation of buildings and property found to harbour cultists for their illegal activities.

While speaking on the issue of Share/Tsaragi communal clash Ajibade said the Council agreed to harmonise recommendations of 2010 and 2016 white papers, adding that the Council took cognisance of various court cases in relation to the conflicts and would be guided appropriately.

He assured stakeholders that the government would review the recommendations of the White papers at a later date to ensure permanent peace in the communities.