The Edo State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force has expressed worry over what it described as the unwholesome spread of cultism among pupils of primary and secondary schools in the state.
This disclosure was made on Monday by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, during the disbursement of scholarship to six pupils of the Police Children’s School I and II, Benin, just as the Zone 5 police command announced the arrest of 491 suspected cultists across several locations in Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States for the year 2015.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the zone, Mr. Musa Daura, in a statement on Monday, also noted that 82 suspected armed robbers, out of a total of 528 suspects were arrested.
However, Ezike, who said that society had become sophisticated, lamented that cultism had gone beyond tertiary institutions, where it was known to be prevalent, and had penetrated the walls of secondary and primary schools.
He, thereafter urged parents and guardians to pay adequate attention to the actions of their children and wards, especially as they affect the kind of friendship they keep.
The commissioner, however, explained that the scholarship programme was inaugurated by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to provide succour to serving, retired and deceased police officers in the junior cadre, whom he said had distinguished themselves in service to the nation.