21 cult groups exist in Akwa Ibom secondary schools, anti-cultism expert reveals


27 Jun 2016

21 cult groups exist in Akwa Ibom secondary schools, anti-cultism expert reveals

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21 cult groups exist in Akwa Ibom secondary schools, anti-cultism expert reveals
21 cult groups exist in Akwa Ibom secondary schools, anti-cultism expert reveals

Executive Director of School to School Peace Initiative, Mr Oliver Cromwell, Thursday, revealed that a total of 21 cult groups exist in secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state, Propeller News reports.

Cromwell, who noted that cultism activities are particularly prevalent among secondary school students in the state, said this new dimension is dangerous because the children usually involved are “first timers in drug use and arms”.

Cromwell made the revelation in Uyo on Thursday while fielding questions from journalists at a stakeholders security town hall meeting organised by the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Police to address internal security in the state.

Following this development, Mr Cromwell called on the security agencies, the church, parents, as well as heads of education institutions in Nigeria to keep secondary schools students under constant surveillance in order to checkmate crime and other nefarious activities perpetrated most times by misguided young persons  in the society.

Cromwell said the 21 cult  groups in secondary schools are different from the ones in the higher institutions.

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He said, ” As they are growing, they belong to to terror cells. So there’s need for the church, families, and security agencies to look at that direction, heads of institutions,ministry of education across the state and country because with over 356 cult groups in Nigeria it means that if we don’t stop the feeder teams it will continue to grow.

Earlier in his address at the occasion, the Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Mr Muritala Mani, called on stakeholders to partner with officers and men of the command to develop strategic initiatives aimed at addressing security challenges.

21 cult groups exist in Akwa Ibom secondary schools, anti-cultism expert reveals
21 cult groups exist in Akwa Ibom secondary schools, anti-cultism expert reveals

Mr Mani noted that the volatility of the security environment makes it imperative to bring all partners and interest groups together in order to find solutions to the problems and enhance quality of life.

Mani, who pointed out that his command is determined to join forces with stakeholders and residents to estab­lish a safer neighbour­hood through teamwork and cooperation of every members of the society, said the partnership has become imperative because security is everybody’s concern.

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News Source: KillerPunchNews, 9jaTales

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