Senate considers new bill seeking death penalty for hate speech

National Assembly Complex

A bill is now before the Senate seeking a death sentence for anyone convicted of hate speeches in the country.

The bill also seeks the establishment of the Independent National Commission for Hate Speeches, to enforce the law nationwide when eventually enacted.

Senate spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi, who made this known while addressing the National Assembly correspondents in Abuja, said those convicted under the proposed law will die by hanging.

The bill, among others stipulates hate speeches offenders, include anyone who uses, publishes, presents, produces, presents, provide or distribute material, written or visual threatening abuse, or insults with the intention of stirring up hatred.

For hate speeches concerning racial or ethnic hatred, the bill provides a minimum jail term of five years, or N10 million fine or both.

The bill notes: “A person who uses, publishes, presents, produces, plays, provides, distributes and/or directs the performance of any material, written and/or visual, which is threatening, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, commits an offence, if such person intends thereby to stir up ethnic hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances, ethnic hatred is likely to be stirred up against any person or person from such an ethnic group in Nigeria.”


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