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Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, has condemned the rise in social vices especially ritual killings, cultism and drug abuse amonsgt others, with a charge on all stakeholders to step up inter-religious campaigns towards curbing the menace in the society.
Oluomo stated this while addessing members of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and Human Rights and Grassroots Development Society, led by its convener, Comrade Yinka Folarin during a sensitization/advocacy visit to the State Assembly, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, counseling the group to involve all stakeholders in line with recent happenings especially inter -religious organisations including the traditionalists.
The Speaker in company of Hon. Musefiu Lamidi, the Clerk/ Head of Legislative Service, Deji Adeyemo and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Subair Olusola called for the restoration of sanity in the society as a collective responsibility; hence all agents of socialization including traditional worshipers must be urgently engaged as crimimal elements were now abusing the age-long traditions.
He urged the security agents to avoid the illegal reduction of charges against crime suspects while preparing their charges, saying that such act always hindered effective justice dispensation leading to upsurge in criminal activities as the culprits would be left with lesser punishment.
The Speaker therefore urged all security operatives to step up plans towards improving on their investigative activities to arrest and ensure immediate prosecution of suspects, noting that there was need to follow to the letter, the provisions of the all-encompassing State Land Grabbing/ Anti- kidnapping Law, 2016 to reduce crimes and criminality in the State.
Oluomo assured that the Ninth Assembly under his leadership would further look inward to amend necessary sections of the law and other relevant legislation to reflect the emerging realities in the society.
Earlier, Comrade Folarin stated that their had been cases of kidnapping, ritual killings, drug abuse,cultims, internet fraud and other social vices even in schools and within the State, explaining that the visit was to engage necessary arms of government and other stakeholders towards checkmating crimes and criminalities in the State.