Lawmakers in Ekiti State have expressed serious worry over the menace of kidnapping and terrorism.
At the plenary of the assembly yesterday, two of the three laws that were deliberated upon dwelt on curbing crime in the state.
They are Office of the Public Defender Bill (2015) and Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Bill (2015. Both successfully passed second reading and were passed to appropriate House committees to scrutinise for final passage.
According to a statement by the special assistant on Media to the speaker of the House, Stephen Gbadamosi, the plenary presided over by the speaker, Right Hon. Kola Oluwawole, witnessed robust debate by the members.
The deputy leader of assembly, Hon. Adeniran Alagbada lamented the trauma that victims of kidnap and their family members were often subjected to.
Speaking on the Public Defender Bill, chairman, House Committee on Information, Honourable Olugboyega Aribisogan noted that the bill would afford the poor who lack financial capability to pursue their cases the opportunity to access justice.
In the same vein, chairman, House Committee on Health, Dr Babajide Omotoso; Honourable Akinleye Ekundayo, Honourable Titilayo Owolabi-Akerele, Honourable Wale Ayeni and Ayodele Fajemilehin, who also contributed to the motions on the floor, described the laws as
those that would have direct positive bearing on the lives of the people of the state.
Another law, Ekiti State College of Technical and Commercial Agriculture Repeal Bill (2015) had earlier passed through first reading in the House.

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