Senate President, Bukola Saraki, says the Senate is ready to create laws that will prohibit jungle justice and hate speeches in Nigeria
If you have formed the habit of making hate speeches, this is time to kill it before the law catches up with you.
The Senate will speed up the passage of the Anti-Hate Speech and the Anti-Jungle Justice Bills as soon as it is presented to them.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, promised on Tuesday in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu that the lawmakers were ready to give the 2 bills accelerated consideration in a bid to stem rising cases of hate speech and jungle justice across Nigeria.
According to him, the passage of the bills will form a major part of the Senate’s social impact agenda when it resumes in September.
“The Hate Speech Bill will help to mitigate 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.”
He expressed the hope that the Anti-Jungle Justice Bill would help to curtail, protect and prohibit meting out extra-judicial killings and encourage exploring statutory legal channels.
“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.
According to him, the Anti-Jungle Justice Bill is sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye, (APC-Kogi).