By Emmanuel Udom
Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices, POCACOV and Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, CRAN, has gone into partnership to tackle cultism from all fronts in various parts of Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria, with an estimated population of 23 million people. . .
Speaking on the partnership deal, the Lagos State Chairman of POCACOV, Henry Bassey said the non-governmental organization, conceived by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, is anchored on four athematic areas, namely: sensitization, being security conscious, moral values and education.
He further explained that the Lagos state chapter of the NGO was launched November 25, 2020 and that it is spread all across the federation.
According to Bassey, traditional rulers, town union officials, political class, youth leaders, students and other critical stakeholders could be educated by the NGO on the urgent need to clean up streets in Lagos of the activities of cultism.
He therefore pleaded for partnership with CRAN members so that the objectives of the NGO could be achieved.
Responding, Sunday Odita, President OF CRAN, thanked POCACOV for the partnership and assured that all members of the association will key into the objectives of the NGO, so as to tackle cultism and other vices from all fronts.
Odita however said that he is pleased to note that members of the asked the NGO are professionals, who know what it takes to tackle cultism at various levels, especially in Lagos and other parts of the country.
The CRAN leader also explained that since POCACOV members are made up of professionals, they should also work on the areas of rehabilitation and counseling of repentant cultists.
Members of the NGO that attended the partnership meeting at CRAN secretariat in Oduduwa police, GRA, Ikeja were: Deji Adebiyi, a medical doctor, Barrister Abass, a lawyer, Segun Adiju, a banker and Evelyne Usman, assistant crime editor of Vanguard newspaper, who is the public relations officer of the NGO.