The Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) has concluded modalities to roll out catch-them-young programme of action in schools against the menace of cultism and its related vices.
The National Coordinator of POCACOV, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Monday that the programme of action covers numerous school debate and quiz competitions constantly meant to engage the minds of the students/youths.
Amaraizu said that the programme of action, which had been designed to kick-off from January 2020 with the support of the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP), would focus on Cultism, Social Vices and Implications.
He said that the new designed programme was part of measures towards deepening the message of POCACOV in the minds of school children and members of the public.
According to Amaraizu, this activity is in line with the four thematic areas of coverage of POCACOV.
“These thematic areas of coverage is meant to educate relevant stakeholders such as traditional rulers, town union presidents, youth leaders, market leaders, students and their leaders amongst others on
dangers inherent in cultism and other vices and need to eschew them.
“It will be used to enhance massive participation and involvement of relevant stakeholders on the values of POCACOV and galvanize their support in the campaign against the menace of cultism and other vices,’’ he said.
The National Coordinator said that POCACOV was also partnering with states ministries of education, ministries of youth and sports, post primary schools board and other relevant bodies for the full
realization of these activities.
“These activities are also connected to POCACOV programme of Safe School Initiatives of the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu,’’ he noted.
POCACOV is the initiative of the I-G meant to save youths from claws of cultism and other vices using a planned programme of action in line with the tenets of community-oriented policing.
It is an effort of I-G borne out of the fact that sheer brute force and core law enforcement approaches are not enough to tackle the challenges of cultism and other vices but to think outside the box.
This involves using community-oriented policing in line with standard international best practices.