The Rivers State Violence Against Persons Bill HA2 passed second reading on the floor of the Hallowed Chambers of Rivers State House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 16th 2019.
Speaking during plenary on Tuesday, on the floor of the house, Speaker RSHA, Rt, Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, on behalf of the 9th assembly condemned in strong terms all acts of violence and the activities of criminal elements in Rivers State.
According to him, the crime rate in the society is becoming alarming, adding that all well meaning individuals and groups must rise to the occasion and lend a voice against violence and crimes.
The Speaker maintained that the governor of the state Nyesom Wike is doing everything to ensure that the first fundamental duty of government, which is the protection of life and property is carried out in spirit and in later investing in security infrastructure.
According to him: if we cannot stop violence today, violence will stop us tomorrow”
Relying on Order 46, Rule 5 A, the Speaker committed the bill to committee stage and constituted an ad-hoc committee to look into it.
The committee is made up of; Hon. Enemi George – Chairman, Hon. Chibudom Ezu – member, Hon. Linda Stewart – member, Hon. Anselem Oguguo – member and Hon. Solomon Sokolo – member.