Zamfara State Assembly House Committee on Public Petitions, State Security and Justice has flagged off a public hearing on a bill to prohibit and punish banditry, cultism, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the state.
From Bala Abubakar, Gusau
ZMHA conducts public hearing on banditry punishment
Flagging off the public hearing, Speaker Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya explained that the House has decided to inaugurate the committee in order to enact a law that will deal decisively with any body found in such acts.
He said the state is experiencing some security threats which include cattle rustling, banditry, kidnapping, cultism, terrorism and other offences, adding that if offenders were caught and brought to justice, it would serve as deterrent to others.
Speaker Magarya urged all stakeholders to contribute immensely to the public hearing, so that the committee would do some amendments before enacting it into law.
Speaking earlier, the chairman Joint Committee, Hon. Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma, member representing Maru West, told the gathering that his committee has met with all relevant stakeholders across the state.
“We went to some states like Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Katsina who have the same problem with Zamfara to have their inputs on the bill, and we are happy to show to the world that our work is at the tail end,” he declared.
The program, conducted at ZSUBEB conference hall Gusau, was attended by all security agencies in the state and governmental and non governmental organizations, which made some contributions towards successful bill in the state.