BAYELSA STATE SECRET CULTS/SOCIETIES AND SIMILAR ACTIVITIES (PROHIBITION) LAW, 2012


GOVERNMENT OF BAYELSA STATE OF NIGERIA
BAYELSA STATE SECRET CULTS/SOCIETIES AND SIMILAR
ACTIVITIES (PROHIBITION) LAW, 2012
 
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
SECTIONS
1.  Prohibition of Secret Cults
2.  Sponsorship of Cult Activities
3.  Harbouring Offenders or Permitting Cult Activities in Premises.
4.  Cult Activities in Hotels etc.
5.  Possession of Firearms
6.  Renunciation of Cult and Rehabilitation
7.  Convicted Students to be expelled.
8.  Presumptions
9.  Power of Detention
10.  Aiding Escape
11.  Obstruction
12.  Trial of Offences
13.  Interpretations
14. Short Title and Commencement
 
 
GOVERNMENT OF BAYELSA STATE OF NIGERIA
BAYELSA STATE SECRET CULTS/SOCIETIES AND SIMILAR
ACTIVITIES (PROHIBITION) LAW, 2012
 
A LAW to prohibit secret cults/societies and similar activities including possession and or use of firearms or offensive weapons and matters related there to.
Commencement (   )

BE IT ENACTED by the House of Assembly of Bayelsa State of Nigeria and by the Authority of same as follows:

Prohibition of Secret Cults
1.
(1)     The organizations, associations, groups or body of person listed in the Schedule to this Law are hereby declared to be secret cults and are prohibited.
 
(2)     Notwithstanding the schedule to this Law, any organization, association, group or body of persons which acts or operates in a manner similar to those referred to in the Schedule is deemed to be a secret cult under this Law.
 
(3)    Membership of all such organizations, associations, groups or body of persons declared or deemed to be secret cults under this law is prohibited.
 
(4)    Any person who is a member of a secret cult, whether or not the person is in possession or control of an offensive or dangerous weapon, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for ten years without an option of fine.
 
Sponsorship of Cult Activities
2.
(1)    Any person who gives any financial or material support or assistance to a secret cult or in any manner, sponsor or patronizes the activities of a secret cult, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for ten years without an option of fine.
 
(2)    Where the sponsor is a public officer, traditional rule or head or staff of any educational institution, the person shall be removed from such office in addition to any punishment provided under subsection (1) of this section.
 
Harbouring Offenders or Permitting Cult Activities in Premises

3.
Any person who knowingly –
 
(a)   Harbours another person who has in his possession of control any firearm, including offensive and dangerous weapons;
 
(b)   Harbours a member of a secret cult;
 
(c)    Allows or permit a secret cult meeting to be held in any house, building or place belonging to or occupied by him or over which he has control.
 
 
Cult Activities in Hotels
4.
(1)   Any person who knowingly allows or permits a secret cult meeting or activity to hold in his hotel, nightclub or similar place of business, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for five years without an option of fine.
 
(2)   In addition to any punishment provided under subsection (1) of this Section, any such place of business as mentioned in the subsection where a secret cult meeting or activity is allowed or permitted to take place shall be shutdown and the property confiscated.
 
Possession of Firearms
5.
Subject to the provision of any other Law in force in the State, any person, whether a member of a secret cult or not, who in any place or gathering –

(a)  Has in his possession or under his control any unlicensed firearms, or
 
(b) Procures or causes any other person to procure an unlicensed firearms, or
 
(c)  Conspire with another person to or, in any manner, makes it possible for the possession or use of any firearm or dangerous or offensive weapon; commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for five years without an option of fine.
 
Renunciation of Cult and Rehabilitation
6.
(1)   Any member of a secret cult who voluntarily renounces his membership of the cult and submits any offensive weapons in his possession to the Police shall be free from prosecution under this Law.
 
(2)    The renunciation under subsection (1) of this section shall be made by sworn affidavit submitted to the Attorney-General of the State.
 
(3)    The Department of Social Welfare of the State shall create Rehabilitation Centres where persons who renounce their membership of secret cult shall receive counseling.
 
Convicted Students to be Expelled
7.
The Vice Chancellor, Provost, Rector or Principal or any school in the State shall expel any person in the school convicted of an offence under this Law.
 
Presumption
8.
(1)   Any person who attends to participates in a meeting or activity of a secret cult shall be presumed, unless the contrary is proved, to be a member of the secret cult.
 
(2)   Any person who has in his possession or custody of under his control any of the insignia, documents or other property belonging to a secret cult, or wears any of such insignia or is marked with any sign or symbol of a secret cult, or undergoes any rites or takes any oaths of a secret cult, shall be presumed, unless the contrary is proved to be a member of that secret cult.

Powers of Detention
9.
Any person, not being a police officer or security agent, who believes on reasonable grounds that a person is a member of a secret cult, shall be entitled to make a report at the nearest police station.
 
Aiding Escape
10.
Any person who knowingly aids and abets the escape from arrest of another person who has committed an offence under this Law, committees an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not less than five years without an option of fine.
 
Obstruction
11.
Any person who knowingly protects, hides or prevents another person who has committed an offence under this Law from arrest and detention, commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a period not less than five years without an option of fine.
 
Trial of Offences
12.
Offences under this Law shall be triable in the High Court of Bayelsa State.
 
Interpretation
13.
In this Law, unless the context otherwise indicates;
“Dangerous or offensive weapon” includes any firearm, explosive, ammunition, air gun, air pistol, bow and arrow, spear, axe, cutlass, machete, dagger, cudgel, metal, glass, acid or any chemical substance capable of causing bodily harm or any article made or adapted for use and intended by the person having it as an offensive weapon;
 
“Harbouring” means and includes keeping, sheltering or otherwise protecting a person who has committed an offence under this Law;
 
“Place” includes any public way, waterways, private or public building, premises, stadium, auditorium, hall, school or compound to which any person is entitled or permitted to have access either with or without any condition and any building or place which is for the time being used for any private, public or religious meeting or assembly or as an open court;
 
“Secret Cult” means any organization, association, group or body of persons listed in the Schedule to the Law or otherwise deemed to be a secret cult under this Law and includes any organization, association, group or body of persons whose membership, meetings and other activities are kept secret and or which; promotes, causes or engages in acts of violence, intimidation or harm, in whatever manner, including kidnapping of person(s);
 
“Security Agencies” include the Nigerian Police Force, State Security Services, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Directorate of Military Intelligence, National Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps;
 
“State” means Bayelsa State of Nigeria.
 
“The Police” means Nigerian Police Force.
 
 KIDNAPPING IS A CRIME AND GOVERNMENT WILL DEAL DECISIVELY WITH THOSE WHO VIOLATE THE LAW UNDER ANY GUISE. 
THE GOVERNOR HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON ADMINISTRATION HAS RESTORED PEACE AND SECURITY IN BAYELSA STATE. ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS WHO INSTIGATE VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING OR NURSE ANY TENDENCY TO CAUSE MAYHEM WILL COME UNDER THE FULL WEIGHT OF THE LAW.
 
BAYELSA STATE IS WORKING!

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