(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – In order to improve on the security situation in Rivers State, the Rivers State House of Assembly has given its blessing to the death penalty proposed by the executive in the Rivers State Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition Amendment No.1) Bill 2018 and Rivers State Kidnap (Amendment No.2 Bill) of 2018.
Speaking on Thursday at the plenary, the speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Non. Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani recalled that a public hearing was held on the bills last week and where stakeholders made contributions, harping on the need for more severe punishment to check the menace of cultism and kidnapping in the state.
Besides, the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Bill 2018, was also passed into law on Monday after a heated debate. Hons. Victoria Nyeche and Friday Nke-eh of the opposition All Progressives Congress had questioned the rationale for the local security to bear arms because of the alleged security implications but the speaker ruled that the matter would be taken care of administratively.
The proposed security outfit is being planned to help the police and other security agencies operating in the state in the area of information gathering.
Contributing earlier on the concern, the majority leader, Hon. Martins Amaewhule had argued that weapon would be for self defense, even as he added that there was no cause for alarm as relevant statutes would take care of that concern.

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