The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has taken the campaign against cultism and other social vices to Primary and Secondary school as part of effort to curb insecurity in the society.
The Commander of anti-cultism, Elele Unit, which covers five Local Government Areas, Yusuf Idi, who delivered the message of the IGP at the campaign at the Model Primary School, Igwuruta in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State said the essence of the campaign is to discourage young people from going into crime.
Idi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said the campaign became necessary following latest investigations that revealed that 60%-70% of those involved in cultism had their initiations in Primary and Secondary schools.
“The genesis of all these cultism started during initiation and induction without any hitch in Community Secondary schools in Rivers State.
“One hundred percent of confessed cultists that we interrogated said their initiation took place in Primary or Secondary schools. That is why the IGP thought it wise to introduce the concept of campaign against cultism and other vices.
“The aim and objectives of this initiative is more than arrest to curb the problem of cultism”, Yusuf said.
The Supervisory Director of Universal Basic Education in Ikwerre Local Government, Adulphus Umisi who spoke on behalf of the school promised that the campaign will get to all the schools in the state.
“The essence of cultism is death. As soon as you join, you sign your death warrant. This campaign will not end here but I will carry it from school to school so that those who are not privileged to be here will hear this story”, he noted.