Former federal lawmaker Shehu Sani has slammed members of Nigeria’s House of Assembly for considering a bill to imprison protesters.
During the week, a bill was presented to the House of Representatives for consideration, which seeks to imprison what they call unlawful protesters in Nigeria.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Emeka Chinedu Martins (PDP-Imo), sought to amend the Criminal Code Act Cap 38, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, to further preserve the sanctity of human life and property, and to specifically provide for mob action, prescribe punishment, and other matters.
In his reaction, Shehu Sani stated that the National Assembly, a democratic institution, is now being used to strangle democracy.
“The House of Representative bill being processed to jail protesters for five years shows how a democratic institution can be used to strangulate democracy. They are not making laws, they are crafting tyranny.
“Law to censor the Social Media, Law to regulate NGOs and law to jail protesters; slowly, our democracy legislatively transitions to fascism,” the former lawmaker said.