Usually under the pretense of privileges, safety, financial incentives and bragging rights young people join cults.

But they later realise the price they pay is more than any benefit they enjoy.

58 students from different tertiary institutions in Kogi have said 'NO' to cultism.

The students on Tuesday renounced their membership of different cult groups at the state headquarters of the Nigeria Police, Lokoja.

They also pledged to partner with the police to fight crime and criminality in the state.

According to the former cult members, they were misled into joining the fraternities.

Mr Wilson Inalegwu, the Commissioner of Police in the state, while addressing the repentant cult members, said that the police would partner with them in the fight to reduce crime and criminality in the state.

Earlier, Mr Samuel Ejembi, National Coordinator CCEF, said the body in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force had the task of receiving renounced cult members with a view to rehabilitating and integrating them back into society.

Ejembi said that cultism was a threat to peace and security, adding that its members had often resorted to robbery, kidnapping, drug dealing and thuggery among others.

One of the students, Maxwell Onimisi of Kogi State Polytechnic, expressed his gratitude to God and the CCEF, saying, ”I have decided to be useful to myself, my state and my country.”

Dr Vincent Georgewill, Dean, Student Affairs and Deputy Registrar of Salem University, Lokoja, commended the students for the step they took.

”God is interested in repentance. Here we have 58 children, who have decided to turn a new leaf. God will accept you back in Jesus’ name”, he said.