Ekiti set to outlaw kidnapping, terrorism
By; Oladele Adedayo, Ado-Ekiti.
Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have expressed serious concern over the twin menace of kidnapping and terrorism setting in motion laws to curb the crime.
Two of the three laws that were deliberated upon at the Assembly’s plenary on Tuesday are office of the Public Defender Bill (2015) and Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Bill (2015.
Both successfully passed second reading and were passed to appropriate House committees to scrutinize for final passage.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Speaker of the House, Stephen Gbadamosi,the plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kola Oluwawole witnessed robust debate by the members.
Presenting the bills from the order paper, Deputy Leader of Business, Hon. 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, Hon. Olugboyega Aribisogan, noted that the bill would afford the poor who lack financial capability to pursue their cases the opportunity to access justice.
In the same vein, Chairman House Committee on health, Dr. Babajide Omotoso; Hon. Akinleye Ekundayo, Hon. Titilayo Owolabi-Akerele, Hon. Wale Ayeni and Ayodele Fajemilehin, who all 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.
Another law; Ekiti State College of Technical and Commercial Agriculture Repeal Bill (2015), had earlier passed through first reading in the House.