21st January, 2023
By Leonard Okachie
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, (AIG) Zone 9, Umuahia, Isaac Akinmoyede, has lamented that secondary schools’ students and artisans are now involved in cultism.
Akinmoyede who has also served as Commissioner of Police in Plateau and Imo noted that cultism is now “really a big headache” for the police and the society.
He spoke when the Abia chapter of the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) paid a courtesy and advocacy visit to him in his office on Friday.
The AIG however said Police were trying all within their means to ensure the society became secured.
He said the problem of cultism and other crimes can be tackled through provision of jobs.
Akinmoyede said that incessant strike and other circumstances that kept students away from school, had always led to the rise in street cultism.
He said: “But thank God the schools are up and doing again, and it is believed that when schools are kept busy, there will be reduction in vices in the society.
“Policing is not an easy task, all what is required is continued support from members of the public and POCACOV, to ensure that we are able to do our job in the best possible way.”
The AIG who commended the group for doing a lot for the police and the society, pledged his support “and in any way I know I can contribute towards the growth of POCACOV I will do so.”
Earlier, the Abia Chairman of POCACOV, Mrs Adanma Odefa-Wachuku, who led the delegation, lauded the Inspector-General of Police for setting up POCACOV.
Odefa-Wachuku described community policing as the present and future of policing “because all the criminals, cultists and others who engage in other vices are from families and communities”.
According to her, POCACOV has the same objective with the police, which is to curb cultism that is worsening on the streets.