- Senate President Bukola Saraki said the two bills will help to protect Nigerians
- The bill against jungle justice is sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye
- Recently, there has been a high rate of jungle justice, especially in Lagos state
The Senate is to ensure the quick passage of two bills to discourage the peddling of hate speeches and participation in jungle justice in Nigeria.
Senate President Bukola Saraki revealed this as the eighth upper legislative chamber announces its agenda for the next 22-months.
Saraki said the two bills follow the rising tension in the polity adding that they will comprise a major part of the Senate’s social impact agenda when it resumes in September.
A statement from Saraki’s special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, quoted the Senate president as saying: “At this point in time, when people are heating up the political and social space with their utterances, the hate speech bill will help to mitigate against verbal attacks or expressions against individuals or groups on the basis of ethnicity, religion, and even gender.
“This will help to send a clear message with accompanying punitive measures to those negative elements in our society that are fond of distasteful comments that hurt, offend and provoke retaliation.”
The statement obtained by NAIJ.com also quoted Saraki as saying that the anti-jungle justice bill sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye would provide protection to Nigerians.
“There have been many cases of extrajudicial executions across the nation.
“We all remember the ‘Aluu Four’ incident, and several other notorious cases of phone and food thieves being set ablaze.
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“We cannot have a situation where people feel that they can take the law into their hands.
“Therefore, we must put in place careful stopgaps and penal measures to protect the sanctity of our communities,” Saraki said.
NAIJ.com recently quoted the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as reporting that the Nasarawa state police command arrested two persons in connections with a mob action that led to the death of a soldier, Lance Cpl Ayuba Ali, on Monday, August 14, in Akwanga, Nasarawa state.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Kennedy Idirisu, confirmed the arrest to the media organization on Monday in Lafia.
Watch how a victim of jungle justice in Lagos was recently rescued: