90% of cult-related deaths in Nigeria not documented – Police

Anambra State Commissioner for Police, Mr. Chris Owolabi, has stated that about 90 percent of cult-related deaths in Nigeria are not documented.

According to him, most parents/guardians of students involved in cult practices and killed in the process do not want such cases investigated.

He warned Nigeria youths, especially, students, to desist from any form of criminal or cult-related activity.

Owolabi stated this during a Peace/Security Summit organized by the National Association of Nigeria Student (NANS) in collaboration with the Anambra State Police Command.

The summit held at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, on Wednesday.

The sumit had the theme “Importance of Safe Society and The Role of Nigerian Students, Youths in the Security of Our Campuses,” aimed at sensitizing students on the need for proper security in their neighborhood.

Owolabi represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in- charge of operations in the state, ACP Emmanuel Ogbuanya, described cultism had been mother of most crimes committed by the youths in the country.

According to him, the high rate of illegal drug consumption has landed most youths in trouble and early grave.

He advised the youths to refrain from the act, pointing out that most cultists are groomed in the institutions of learning.

He said parents must learn to inculcate moral values in their children as well as monitor their movements and relationship that their children keep.

Earlier, NANS Senate President, Comrade Chuks Innocent Okafor, said the event was purposely organised to intimate Nigerian students of the danger posed by the insecurity.

According to him, security in the country had deteriorated terribly, hence need for youths to step up for solution.

He attributed rising crimes among youths to the consumption of hard drugs, urging them to desist from such or risk being destroyed by the act.

He also called on leaders to organize national summit where problems of the country would be discussed and addressed.

In his goodwill message, Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Charles Esimone, said a lot of lives have been wasted in the current wave of insecurity in the country.

Esimone urged the the youths to heed the advice from the police in their daily living.

Esimone, represented by the Dean Student Affairs, Professor Chinonso Achebe, also advised the students to be security conscious and enjoined them to take security of their lives and their environment serious.

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