The growing trend of cultism in Nigerian public secondary schools has become a menace which various state governments should be worried about.

In Ogun state, South West Nigeria, these groups, made of male and female between ages 15 to 19 years now flout orders, reject punishment from teachers and threaten female teachers and corp members deployed to their schools.

But how do you identify them when you see them?

These are seven ways to identify the male and female fraternity members in Ogun state.

Appearance

Most of these gangs flout the school dress codes by either wearing black socks instead of white which is the popular colour for all secondary schools in Ogun state.

They fly their shirts and feel reluctant to adjust when asked by their teachers.

This is most seen among ‘Killer Boys’, ‘Kill Your Teachers’ and ‘Jagbon’ groups.

Signs

Each group has its own sign to communicate with themselves.

These signs differ for each group and they are made with fingers while they communicate with each other in public.

They fold these fingers upside down to indicate a strike at their victims or cross it to illuminate their members on time to move.

They also possess verbal communication where they twist their tongues to speak slangs which they use to communicate. Examples is ‘sharigagagoo’. This is a slang to call themselves to retreat during a free for all fight.

These signs are common among ‘Dangerous Boys’ and a group known as ‘Executors’.

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Body marks

Incisions like tatoos could be a common thing among people in the South West, especially those that live in the local communities, but seeing so much of these marks around the body of these secondary school students should make one suspicious that something must wrong.

How could a young boy or girl be covered with incisions on their ankle or back?

Bounce News investigation revealed that these kids use the incision to protect themselves from looming dangers.

Science students

The phrase ‘science students’ does not only apply to drinks that make you high. 'Science students' also apply to mixing things to make tattoos.

Apart from incisions, these gangs have hidden tattoos like lion, bird and axe drawn on their bodies.

We found out that some of them already know how to draw the tattoo, though not neat and permanent but they have chemicals they use in doing this.

Part of what they use is the water from cashew seed mixed with some chemicals and charcoal. Also on their belt are logos of lion, bird and axe.

If you notice this again around any student, especially in Ogun State, observe him/her, you will see these mostly on ‘School Two Boys’, ‘Killer Boys’, ‘Jagbon’ and ‘Executors’.

Family upbringing

Some of these gangs from our findings are from fetish homes, some already inherited the book of incantation from their fathers who are mostly herbalists or traditional doctors.

This trend is common to all the gangs.

So the moment you notice countless incisions on any student, be suspicious.

Bush baby

Secondary school students who belong to any of the confraternity are known to meet mostly in thick bushes where nobody can see them.

They defy their classes to meet in their regular arena known to all members with less interest in class work.

Some have not been to school in months because they find joy in hanging around a place they call 'relaxation centre' or 'second home'.

Have you noticed multiple students coming out of the bush or hill in your area? Beware.

Mark on the jaw

This sign is common among Jagbon group, a group of boys and girls confraternity in public secondary schools in Ogun state.

The mark on the jaw is a straight mark drawn with a coin or any metallic object used forcefully to make the mark.

The person to draw the mark will not stop placing the metal on the jaw of a new member who is being initiated until blood flows out of the penetrated spot.

The same is noticed among Killer Boys who also initiate members through this process.

You can only know more about the dexterity of these gangs when you meet them at school events like children’s day celebration, inter house sports and literary and debating programme.

At these events, they disrupt activities outside the premises of the host school as they target a rival group who is already present.

It takes the help of security forces to dislodge them at the scene.

Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun at a function recently expressed concern over the increase in the rate of cultism in public secondary schools.

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