By Emmanuel Udom
Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police, Thursday in Lagos, begged youths in Nigeria to shun cultism, illicit drugs and other vices, for the sake of their future.
Also, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, represented by the permanent secretary, special duties and Inter-governmental affairs, Gaji Tajudeen, told the participants at the event held at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, said that the campaign would rescue the youth from the evil of cultism and other related crimes in the state.
The governor was speaking during a programme with the theme: ‘Police Campaign Against Cultism and other Vices’, organised by the Nigeria Police Force in conjunction with the Lagos state government.
According to Sanwo-Olu, “Marking the official launch of the police campaign against cultism and other vices through POCACOV in the state is commendable”
“I must commend the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for this initiative aimed at rescuing our youths from the evil of cultism and other crimes associated with it”.
“I am particularly delighted that POCACOV is designed to be community driven under the community-oriented policing strategy, which emphasizes the active involvement and participation of the community and other relevant stakeholders.”
The National Coordinator, POCACOV, Ebera Amaraizu, said the essence of the programme was to sensitise stakeholders in various communities to the dangers of cultism and other vices.
He said, “Today, we are launching the programme formally in Lagos. This programme is a community driven programme of the Nigeria Police Force under IGP Mohammed Adamu, which is linked to the Nigeria Police Force’s Public Safety and Security Framework involving different stakeholders.
“It is a community driven programme that ensures that various stakeholders are sensitised constantly against the dangers of cultism and other vices, including sexual and gender-based violence, substance and drug abuse, thuggery, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, among other vices. We are engaging the motorcyclist, tri-cyclists, artisans, parents, teachers, care givers, traditional rulers, government and non-governmental persons and the political class, among others.”
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Ahmed Iliyasu, represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Umar Shelleng, urged the youth to desist from cultism and social vices, explaining that “the youth should be positively engaged to stay off these vices to ensure that we build a great country.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said the programme was a “security awareness campaign on issues that affects all of us.
“Security is not a single man’s business; it affects everybody in the society. This cultism that we are sensitising members of the public to today is fast going deep into the fabrics of the society. So, we thank the IG for this proactive initiative,” he stated.
The Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Lekan Billiamin-Oba, said cultism and other vices should be addressed in the society, adding, “the Nigerian Police Force, leading this advocacy through the IG is something that is welcome by all and sundry. The level of insecurity in our nation today calls for this development.”
Additional reports from The Punch