EndSARS Protest Has Escalated Cult Activities In Ogun, Police Commissioner Raises Alarm - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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EndSARS Protest Has Escalated Cult Activities In Ogun, Police Commissioner Raises Alarm


ABEOKUTA - The Ogun state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Ajogun has attributed the rising case of cult clashes and robberies in the state to the recent EndSARS protest which  sparked controversy across the country. 


The Police Commissioner said his command was winning the fight against cultism in the state before the EndSARS protest resurfaced. 


CP Ajogun stated this on Tuesday in Abeokuta at the official launch of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto in Abeokuta. 


The police boss noted that, in 2019, about 432 cultists were arrested, while some of them have been rehabilitated back to the society. 


He maintained that, country that entrusts its future in the hands of youths imbued with the very essence and orientation of Cultism is without the right compass leading to growth and development. 


He said, the country need youths with the right values and orientation to take the country to greater height of competitiveness, recognition and respect in the comity of nations. 


He pointed out that, if the nation fail to flush out the errant youths whose way of life is celebration of bloodletting, gangsterism, secret rituals and voodoo, they will ground the country to a halt. 


"I know that, in 2019 about 432 were arrested and most of them found with cult activities were charged to court.


"We are also looking at the perspective of trying to rehabilitate some of those who want to renounce their membership into the cult group and we are monitoring them. 


"This year too, we have continue the same zeal, we have engaged them, we have arraigned about 100 or thereabout. It is a crime we have already successfully resolved until the EndSARS protest came in and the youths again were reminded of violence and of course some of them who have dangerous weapons in their hands also continue in their activities. 


"Unfortunately, youths are often touted as leaders of tomorrow. Indeed some are already occupying leadership positions today. But the truth is public position or office when run like a cult lacks the openness, transparency and accountability required to meaningfully impact the larger majority of the people. 


"It holds down the progress of any country as it promotes lawlessness,  strife, anarchy and disorder. We don't need such errant youths amongst us, hence,  the most visible foundation of their collective abberation, cultism, has to be confronted with all the seriousness it deserves as exemplified by POCACOV."

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