Revealed! Senate to pass anti-hate speech, jungle justice bills to law soon – Saraki
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said as part of the agenda of the 8th Senate for the next 22 months and due to the rising tensions in the polity, the passage of bills against hate speech and jungle justice will enjoy speedy passage when the chamber resumes from annual recess.
Saraki stated that the bill would be a major part of the Senate’s social impact agenda.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that the Senate was ready to give the Hate Speech Bill accelerated consideration when it is presented by the Executive.
He said, “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 Senate President also stated that the Anti-Jungle Justice Bill, which was sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi-West) would also help to “curtail, protect and prohibit Nigerians across the country from meting out extra-judicial justice to perceived offenders without recourse to statutory legal channels.”
Saraki said, “There have been many cases of extrajudicial executions across the nation. We all remember the ‘AluuFour’ incident and several other notorious cases of phone and food thieves being set ablaze. 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.”
The Senate President also stated that the Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; and Rules and Business of the Senate would work to ensure that Anti-Jungle Justice Bill was quickly passed and sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.Punch