Nigeria must eradicate cultism among youth – IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Olukayode Egbetokun,  has  said cultism is a menace that must be eradicated among youth because it poses significant threat to society and the country at large.

He made this statement at the sensitisation program organised by the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) weekend at the Police College, Ikeja,  Lagos state.

He stated the urgent need to take action against the challenges of drugs and cultism,  adding that the situation has become worrisome.

The event, aimed at educating youth on the dangers of cultism and substance abuse was tagged ‘Teenagers Stay Informed: Know the Dangers of Cultism and Drugs.’

The IGP noted that cultism is no longer confined to university campuses.

He said the aftereffect is that most of these youth will start having medical problems mental illness, and they become a problem to the community and society at large.

“We need to fight this menace in our society, and parents need to pay special attention to children, encouraging them to read and stay away from peer pressure. We need to take these youth away from the devious crimes that are affecting the socio-economics of this country. The youth are our hope for tomorrow, and we must concentrate on them and direct them towards good ventures,” Egbetokun said.

The IGP, who was ably represented by the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade,  urged the youth and parents to join hands to bring the menace of cultism and drugs to a standstill.

The national coordinator of POCACOV, a crime-preventive unit, CSP Olabisi Okuwobi, in her opening address, noted that the fight against cultism and drugs must not be limited to the police.