The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has signed into law the bill prohibiting secret cults, terrorism and prescribing death sentence for anyone caught in the acts.
While appending his signature to the bill at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, Fayose said the law was a confirmation of the unwavering commitment of the state government to combating terrorism in the state.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said the governor frowned on the resurgence of the scourge in the state, especially among students in tertiary institutions.
“From now, any person who is a member of a secret cult, whether or not the person is in possession or in control of any offensive weapon but commits the offence, is liable upon conviction to death.
“Any person who gives financial or material support or assistance to a secret cult or in any manner sponsor the activities of a secret cult, commits an offence under this law and is liable for conviction to imprisonment for life,” he said.
The governor further warned that anybody who intentionally encouraged the organisation of a secret cult meeting or activities in places such as houses, night clubs, hotels and other places would be committed to life imprisonment.
He added, “Buildings where any cult-related activity is held will be forfeited to the government,” while the owner of such structure would be sentenced to five years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The Ekiti State helmsman, who re-emphasised his administration’s zero tolerance for cultism and terrorism, assured residents that their lives and property would continue to be protected.
Three students of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti were recently killed within 10 days in attacks suspected to be related to rivalry among cult groups.