By Opeyemi Adeoti
Kwara State House of Assembly has charged the state government to deploy Community Police to the nooks and crannies of the state for intelligence gathering towards apprehending perpetrators of rape and ritual related activities in the state.
The government was also urged to liaise with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to guide against illicit consumption of drug among the youths in a bid to have a safe and secured society.
This was sequel to Motion on Notice titled” Need to Eradicate Ritual Related Killings and Activities in Kwara State”, moved by House Leader, Abubakar Magaji Olawoyin, representing Magaji Ngeri Constituency during today’s plenary.
Olawoyin identified social media as instrument in the hands of some disgruntled elements to perpetrate nefarious activities including tricking and luring of innocent people into ritual killing under the guise of friendship.
He attributed the increasing wave of crimes and criminalities in Ilorin, the state capital and other parts of the state to influx of people with different characters from part of the country, who are displaced by insurgency, government policies or other factors.
Deputy Speaker Adetiba Raphael in his contribution, advocated for appropriate prosecution of whoever caught in the evil act, saying that will serve as deterrent to other evil perpetrators.
For his part, member representing Share/Oke-Ode Constituency. Hon Owolabi Olatunde Razaq, said the issue is a thing that should be addressed from the beginning, calling on the parents to always caution their children against evil vices.
Owolabi also cautioned old men who indulge in raping female children and young girls for ritual purposes to desist from such wicked act because nemesis will definitely catch up with them one day.
Other Lawmakers in their contributions expressed displeasure over ritual killings in some parts of the state and advocated pragmatic approach to curb the ugly trend.
Reading the resolutions of the House, Speaker Yakubu Salihu Danladi urged the state government to direct the state Ministry of Justice to ensure culprits are prosecuted under the ‘State Prohibition of Dealings in Human Parts Law 2018’ and ‘Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, 2020’.
The Speaker also applauded the state government for commencement of Community Policing Initiative to complement the efforts of the existing security agencies against crimes in the state.
By Opeyemi Adeoti