Senate President, Bukola Saraki has assured Nigerians that, as part of the Senate's agenda in the next session, it will not hesitate to look into the passage of bills to stop hate speech and jungle justice, upon resumption in September.
This is was disclosed in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, it stated that the Senate is ready to give the Hate Speech Bill accelerated consideration when it is presented by the Executive.
"At this point in time, when people are heating up the political and social space with their utterances, the Hate Speech Bill will help to mitigate against verbal attacks or expressions against individuals or groups on the basis of ethnicity, religion, and even gender.
"This will help to send a clear message with accompanying punitive measures to those negative elements in our society that are fond of distasteful comments that hurt, offend and provoke retaliation,” the Senate President said.
Saraki also stated that the Anti-Jungle Justice Bill (SB. 109), which is sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye, (APC-Kogi), will also help to curtail, protect and prohibit Nigerians across the country from meting out extra-judicial justice to perceived offenders without recourse to statutory legal channels.
"There have been many cases of extrajudicial executions across the nation. We all remember the "Aluu Four”incident, and several other notorious cases of phone and food thieves being set ablaze.
We cannot have a situation where people feel that they can take the law into their hands.
"Therefore, we must put in place careful stopgaps and penal measures to protect the sanctity of our communities.”Saraki said.