Bill protecting dead bodies from ritualists passed

1364, Bill protecting dead bodies passed

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed bill protecting the right of the dead to rest in perfect peace citing many instances of abuse of the dead in the country for the passage.

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Titled “A bill for Prohibition of Desecration of Dead Bodies in Nigeria” and sponsored by a member, Rita Orji, the bill when passed into law shall discourage the abuse of dead bodies in all forms, and compel people to respect the dead.

If passed into law, anyone that abuses or desecrate a dead human body or any part of it ” purposely and illegitimately,” will go to jail for 5 years.

Several lawmakers contributed in the deliberation leading to the bill passage.

Hon. Henry Archibong representing Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency of Akwa-Ibom State while supporting the bill condemned rampant use of dead bodies’ parts for money rituals, adding that it portrays the country in bad light.

He said, “In the modern day Nigeria a lot of people are into selling of dead people’s bodies some are even exhumed, dismembered and sold or used for all kinds of rituals.

“If the bill is passed into law, it will take care of such acts”.

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