Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor, has signed the unlawful societies, cultism (prohibition) bill 2020 into law.
The governor signed the bill at the Lagos Government House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday.
The new law stipulates a 21-year jail term for anyone found guilty of engaging in cultism-related activities.
It also stipulates a 15-year jail term for anyone found guilty of abetting cultists or who allows his/her premises to be used by cultists as a meeting place.
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The state house of assembly had passed the bill last month.
Speaker of the house, Mudashiru Obasa, had said the assembly included in the bill punishment for parents of cultists found guilty.
“Parents of cultists found guilty of cultism in the state might be liable for punishment,” Obasa had said.
The anti-cultism law repeals the cultism (prohibition) law of 2007 and provides for more stringent punitive measures.