Its Now Police And Students Against Cultists In Lagos
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Imohinmi Oluwole Edgal met with students' union leaders of tertiary institutions in Lagos on Saturday.
Imohimi invited the students to seek their support, cooperation and partnership.
His reason was clear, the scourge of cultism has become very bad.
“In all neighborhoods in Lagos now, you have young boys between 14, 15, 16, not even up to the constitutionally recognized age of 18 being recruited for cult related activities.
“These young boys, their thinking have not yet been formed, so they are easily indoctrinated, they do not know the consequences of their actions since they are supposed to be under guidance and mentorship, they cannot even be held legally accountable for some of their actions,” he said.
The solution to this problem is to get the young people on the side of the police.
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“The sheer fact that most of you were instrumental in bringing down the rate of cultism in your various institutions means that if you offer yourselves in partnership with the police, you can at least help us or guide us on how we are going to equally bring down the issue of cultism in neighborhoods around your institutions.
“The intelligence at my disposal is that there are some student, they call themselves students but they never graduate from the universities or schools or higher institutions, every year you see their faces, they are the ones going into the neighborhoods to recruit these young ones.
“Are we going to raise up our hands in despair or are we going to partner and identity them, come up with a strategy to stop it?”, he queried.
At the end of the meeting, the police boss and the students pledged to partner against cultism and violence on campuses.
Schools that were in attendance at the meeting include; the University of Lagos, Lagos State Polytechnic, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Caleb University and Yaba College of Technology.
Others are; Ronik Polytechnic, Lagos State College of Health Technology and the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology among others.