Bill to Check Ritual Killings in Kwara State passes through 2nd Reading

A Private member Bill for a law to prohibit unlawful dealing in human parts, prescribe stiffer punishments passed through Second Reading at the floor of the House.

The Bill which is in response to the persistent ritual killings and exhumation of corpses in the state was sponsored by a member representing Owode/Onire Constituency, Hon Abdul Rasheed Taiwo Abdullahi.

Members had stated during the debate that religious preachings against the heinous act and extant law failed to curb the increasing rate of the menance in the State.

The proposed law provides punishment for those who were involved, assisted or conspire with them and those that patronise them.

Referring the bill to the House Committee on Ethics Privileges and Judiciary, the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, recalled his personal experience and urged Kwarans to demonstrate zero tolerance for the heinous crime in the state.

Dr. Ahmad then directed the House Committee to conduct public hearing to ensure an- all- inclusive law to make it stand the test of time and report to the House in two weeks.

Also a bill for a law to amend the Governor and Deputy Governor, payment of pension passed through First Reading at the floor of the House.

The House equally at the plenary received a petition by the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, protesting the registration of the Nigerian Association of Cooperative Transporters by the State Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, presented by the House Leader Hon Hassan Oyeleke.

The Speaker, while referring the petition to the House Committee on Commerce, Cooperative and Women Affairs assured that the parliament would wade into it to ensure amicable solution to the impasse.