The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has urged Nigerians to rise-up and speak out against the growing culture of cultism and violence in the country.
Adamu, who was represented by the National Coordinator of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), SP Ebere Amaraizu, said this during the one-million-man march against cultism and other vices held in Enugu at the weekend.
The IGP noted that he initiated and evolved POCACOV as a community-based, community-oriented and persuasive approach to stamp out cultism and other vices at the village/neighbourhood and community levels especially among youths and up-coming children.
“The police through POCACOV will continue on its massive sensitization, education and appeal to Nigerians to check cultism, violence and unruly behaviours among youths so that the society can
have peace, security and development that come with it.
“POCACOV has come to re-oriented all misguided youths and children within communities in the federation to embrace hard work, be focused and resourceful to the community and society in general,’’ he said.
The police boss said that POCACOV team (Police Public Relations Officers), POCACOV NYSC Community Development Service (CDS) group,POCACOV ambassadors and Partners will visit every community, association, group and school to take enlightenment against cultism to
Earlier, Nollywood Ace Actor, Nkem Owoh, alias Osuofiason, said that the Nollywood actors were all behind the IGP in his initiative and would volunteer their talent and time to ensure the success of the
“We are going to uproot cultism by constantly advising our youths and children to emulate successful characters and be focused on what they are doing since their future depends on it,’’ Owoh, who is a POCACOV ambassador, said.
Speaking, Mr Benjamin Ikah, Chairman, Association of Tricycle Riders in Enugu, applauded the IGP for the programme and its re-orientation scheme for misguided youths.
Ikah urged the Federal and State governments to create more jobs for the youths since idle hands and minds fuel cultism, violence and crime.
Comrade Darlington Ugwuegbe, Deputy Coordinator of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone B, assured that NANS would take the advocacy back to campuses, adding that parents should monitor the type of friends their wards keep.
“NANS says emphatically `No to Cultism’ and we will join the Nigeria Police to go to all length to eradicate the menace in our campuses and neighbourhoods,’’ Ugwuegbe assured.
Dr Dominic Ezema, Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Enugu State, called on parents and religious bodies to join police in kicking out cultism and violence in the society.
“This IGP programme is laudable and needed the support and partnership of every Nigerian. We cannot afford to live in fear in this time and age of civilisation of the World,’’ Ezema said.
Chief Fabian Okeke, Chairman of PCRC Oji River Command, said that the people of Oji River and its environs mobilized in their thousands to come and identify with the laudable initiative of the IGP.
Okeke said that his command in collaboration with churches and traditional rulers in Oji River and its environs will spread the anti-cultism message of POCACOV to everyone.
The participants at the march, which theme was: `Be a Champion: Say No to Cultism’, passed through Court Road, Old ESUT Road, College Road, Presidential Road and terminated at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.