No less than Fifty-eight students from different tertiary institutions in Kogi state have renounced their membership of different cult groups at the state headquarters of the Nigeria Police, Lokoja, the state capital.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 58 students, under the aegis of Campus Cult Eradication Foundation (CCEF), declared their new status.
They also pledged to partner with the police to fight crime and criminality in the state.
According to the former cult members, they were misled into joining the fraternities.
Wilson Inalegwu, the Commissioner of Police in the state, while addressing the repentant cult members, said that the police would partner with them in the fight to reduce crime and criminality in the state.
”We will be very glad to see more members renounce their membership and join us to enable us operate on the same page.
“Cultism does not make you great; it makes you less; it also brings you down.
”Just have confidence in yourself; I can see police commissioners, governors and great men among you.
“I commend your boldness and initiative to renounce your membership,” Inalegwu said.
Earlier, Samuel Ejembi, National Coordinator CCEF, said the body in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force had the task of receiving renounced cult members with a view to rehabilitating and integrating them back into society.
Ejembi said that cultism was a threat to peace and security, adding that its members had often resorted to robbery, kidnapping, drug dealing and thuggery among others.
”Our tertiary institutions have become recruitment grounds and barracks for different cult groups to run their deadly activities. Hundreds die every year as a result of cult-related clashes.
“A lasting solution is what we want; whereby these youths will come out on their own and say ‘No to Cultism’ just as these ones have done,’’ the National Coordinator said.
One of the students, Maxwell Onimisi of Kogi State Polytechnic, expressed his gratitude to God and the CCEF, saying, “I have decided to be useful to myself, my state and my country.”
Dr Vincent Georgewill, Dean, Student Affairs and Deputy Registrar of Salem University, Lokoja, commended the students for the step they took.
”God is interested in repentance. Here we have 58 children, who have decided to turn a new leaf. God will accept you back in Jesus’ name”, he said.