The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has warned against the activities of cult groups who go about perpetrating all kinds of evil in the society.
The Commissioner gave the warning on Tuesday at the National launch of the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), held in Kuto, Abeokuta, the State capital.
Ajogun said the miscreants seized the opportunity of the #ENDSARS protest witnessed in all parts of the country, to commit all kinds of crimes and criminality, killing innocent citizens, including policemen, destroying and looting public and private properties, including police stations.
He attributed most of the crimes to cultism and other vices which according to him are identified with the youths, stressing that every sane society must tirelessly fight against.
The police boss, emphasised that some the cultists are in public positions, as such office lacks the openness, transparency and accountability required to meaningfully impact large majority of the people.
“In so doing, slows down the progress of any Country,as it promotes lawlessness,strife, anarchy and disorder.
“The Country needs Youths with the right Orientation to take the Country to a greater heights of competitiveness, recognition and respect in the affairs of the nation” .
He therefore commended the Inspector General of Police, for his publication on POCACOV, “a widely publications which is unique to help eliminate the scourge of Cultism from social life”, Ajogun said.
The CP warned that there was no hiding place for cultists in the state, noting that the police have been able to monitor their activities, due to regular surveillance and monitoring.
The police boss disclosed that no fewer than 432 cultists were arrested and prosecuted in 2019, promising that the command will not relent in its fight against cultism.
Speaking with newsmen, the guest lecturer for the occasion, Emmanuel Ojukwu, a retired Commissioner of Police, lamented that the society had lost its values and parents don’t have time for their wards again, thereby leaving them with no choice than to conform to negative associate.
Ojukwu said that, though cultism cannot be eliminated totally in the society, but it can be reduces to its minimum by discouraging young ones from getting involved through adequate sensitization, charging that it must be identified as a problem that must be dealt with by the society.