February 13, 2018 08:20 am
Lawmakers in Rivers State are poised to resume plenary today to consider the committee reports on three bills, which were discussed at a public hearing last Friday. The House adjourned sitting on 31st of January, 2018 to enable the committee hold the public hearing.
The ad hoc committee headed by leader of the House and lawmaker representing Obio/Akpor constituency 1, Hon. Martin Amaewhule is expected to deliver its report on the Rivers State Kidnapping Prohibition Amendment Bill of 2018, the Rivers State Cultism Prohibition Amendment Bill of 2018, and the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Bill of 2018.
A major concern that was raised at the hearing which is expected to be further debated by the house, is the inclusion of death penalty in the bill as retribution for kidnapping and cultism in Rivers State. Some stakeholders rejected the sentence at the hearing, stating that it is too steep a punishment. Hon. Amaewhule, while addressing the press after the public hearing at the Assembly complex, said the committee will consider the written and oral presentations of the stakeholders and present them to the house (today).