Criticisms have trailed the proposed Bill seeking death penalty on anyone convicted of hate speech.

The Bill to establish a National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches passed its first reading on the floor of the Senate.

The Bill, sponsored by Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi is coming just one week after the lawmakers initiated moves to regulate the use of Social Media.

Abdullahi had proposed death by hanging for persons convicted for hate speech, depending on the degree of the offence.

The Bill also provides for life jail, five years of imprisonment, or an option of ten million naira fine for persons convicted of hate speech.

Reacting, Senior Advocate of Nigeria Agbakoba Olisa, told the senators to kill the Bill, as it was irrelevant and unnecessary.

Another SAN, Mike Ozekhome described it as draconian and should be aborted as a malformed embryo at its second reading before it is delivered as a societal monster.

A journalist and Executive Director, International Press Centre, Lanre Arogundade, dismissed it as annoying and unnecessary.

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