The Senate has once again proposed death by hanging for anybody found guilty of hate speech in the country.
This followed the first reading of a Bill to set up an agency to prohibit hate speech in the country. The Bill titled: “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2019” is being sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate who is also the Senator representing Niger North, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.
It could be recalled that the Senate had last week introduced legislation to regulate the social media and also to punish what it termed “abuse of social media” with a three-year jail term or 150,000 naira option of fine or both.
It could be recalled that Senator Abdullahi had sponsored the same Hate Speech Bill during the Eight Senate but the toxic Bill which attracted widespread condemnation from Nigerians never returned for second reading in the upper house before the eight-session of the National Assembly elapsed
The Bill had prescribed death by hanging for any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person. It also sought the establishment of an Independent National Commission for Hate Speeches.
However, a cursory look at the new Bill showed that it is not different from the way it was presented in the Eight Senate by the same sponsor. The Bill retained a provision that any offender found guilty under the Act when passed would die by hanging.