By Lolo Ayaba
In line with its commitment to address security challenges occasioned by cultism, cyber criminality, campus unrest and drug abuse the Lagos State Police Command in collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian students (NANS) Lagos state axis held a one day security summit held at University of Lagos.
Speaking at the event, themed: Crime and insecurity in tertiary institution, challenges, impacts and prevention strategies, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command Zubairu Muazu said that summit is part of his community policing jeered toward addressing security challenges occasioned by cultism, cyber criminality, campus unrest and drug abuse as well as seek better ways to secure our tertiary institutions better.
Encouraging participants, Muazu tasked students to share intelligence with police divisions in their respective academic environments to help secure them better.
Speaking at the event, CSP Frank Nelson Officer in Charge (OC) Anti cultism, Lagos State Command, said “the battle to control the spread of cultism cannot be exclusive preserve of security operatives; which is why we have to bring students, as most of them are vulnerable people, who are easily lured into this cultism”.
According to CSP Udom Uduak, “the security summit is part of the strategy to create awareness and enlightenment campaigns to educate the students on the dangers associated in getting involved in cultism. Once these young students understand the dangers and consequences most of them would shun cultism. Undergraduates need to know that cultism truncate their education. It can even lead to death”.
“It is self deceit to engage in cultism and think it makes you stronger. If you become a cultists because you want to be stronger, in no distant time you will start engaging in drugs and all other bad acts that could end your career in the prison.”
“In higher institutions, about half of the students been initiated into cultism. Unfortunately from initiation you will be subjected to different areas and they won’t care whether you are dead or you are in the mortuary. There are many cultists that are in the mortuary that their body has not been identified, some are passing through trauma . there is no benefit in Cultism”.
Similarly Divisional Police Officer, Anthony SP Patricia Amadin noted that there is need for students to work with the police officers in their environment to make our community safe”.
“If you have any information, take it up to the police men and they will handle it and we all need to work together and put our hands together to make police work easy and for the betterment of our surrounding.”