I8 students arrested over cultism


Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta

No fewer than 18 students of two public secondary Schools in the western Nigerian state of Ogun have been arrested by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC for cultism and breach of peace in their respective schools.

The Spokesman of the Corps,Kareem Olanrewaju who disclosed this to newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital today said that seven of the students were arrested at the Nazareth High School in Imeko in Imeko-Afon local government area of the state while 11 were nabbed at Lisabi High School,Idi-Aba, Abeokuta in Abeokuta South local government area of the state.

Olanrewaju disclosed that the seven Secondary school students arrested in Imeko were caught pants down while they were initiating some students into cultism on Tuesday while the eleven students of Lisabi High School were apprehended today.

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“The seven students of Nazareth were arrested at the school premises while they were initiating new members into cultism by making incision on their bodies .We also arrested eleven students of Lisabi High School for conducting themselves in a way that breached the peace in the school”.

When asked if the Command would charge them to court for the alleged crime, the NSCDC spokesman said, the students would not be charged to court because they are minors.

“ We will not charge them to court because of their age, they are underage and cannot be prosecuted. The command will meet with the Ministry of Education in the state to decide what to do to the students. We observed that they have been misguided, now that they have been caught, there is need to guide them with the right knowledge.

“We want the government to introduce Civic Education in secondary schools so as to reduce the level of these immorality amongst our children. We have discovered in the course of our investigation that parents are not contributing enough to better the future of their children, rather they have devoted much of their time to other things”, Olanrewaju posited.

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