Hate speech bill, beginning of dictatorship

A senior lawyer, Afe Babalola, has described the hate speech bill still receiving legislative attention in the Senate, as a slide into dictatorship.

Mr Babalola, the proprietor of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), said it was unwarranted for anyone to contemplate another law to deal with false publications ”when there were laws already promulgated to take care of such situations”.

The bill, sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip, Aliyu Abdullahi, has passed the first reading at the Senate.

The bill also prescribes the death penalty for anyone found guilty of spreading a falsehood that leads to the death of another person.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how dozens of protesters on Wednesday marched to the National Assembly gate to ask the Senate to drop the bill and another seeking…

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