The inspector general of police, Solomon E. Arase, has expressed serious concern about the activities of cult groups in Benue, Rivers, Cross-River and Akwa-Ibom states.
In order to curb the increasing menace, Arase has directed all commissioners of police and divisional police officers of the affected states to arrest and prosecute any youths engaging themselves in cult activities.
In a statement released on May 5, Tuesday, the police public relations officer, Acting Commissioner of Police Emmanuel Ojukwu, stated that Arase warned all police chiefs to be on the lookout for cultists.
He advised parents and guardians to warn their wards and children against this social menace that can jeopardize their future.
While observing that no nation can develop if its youths, the leaders of tomorrow, are involving themselves in cultism and other criminal activities, Arase urged the youths to rather engage themselves in productive activities.
Solomon Arase was appointed the acting inspector general of police after President Goodluck Jonathan fired the former IGP, Suleiman Abba, under controversial circumstances.
Abba was sacked on Tuesday, April 21, and his replacement, the then deputy inspector general, Solomon Arase, assumed duties immediately, as announced by President Jonathan’s media aide, Reuben Abati.