In a bid to curtail the high rate of cultism among school children in Rivers State, a volunteer group in the state, known as the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices, POCACOV, has launched a campaign against cultism.
The campaign which is aimed at eradicating cultism and educating students on the need to shun cultism and other social vices, was said to have been necessitated by the high rate of bullying and other related crime among school children.
POCACOV is a volunteer group working towards achieving a crime free society. The group whose grand patron is His Majesty, King Ateke Tom, the Amayanabo of Okochiri Kingdom and Sekuro 1 of Niger Delta said the campaign was part of its efforts to curb cultism and other vices among school children in Rivers State.
State chairman of the group, Ambassador Eke Onwuka, who flagged off the campaign at Adamac Company premises in Port Harcourt during the week named Sir Theophilus Ezeonodo as its ambassador.
According to Onwuka, “the need became imperative due to the high rate of bullying and other related crimes among school children,” recalling that the initiative was from the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba as part of the police’s plans to have crime free society.
“Police in their wisdom resolved to use stakeholders to fight against crime, such stakeholders include the media, entertainers among others, to propagate against vices.
He named the General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyomie and that of Omega Power Ministry, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere as supportive partners in the area of rehabilitating some repentant criminals.
Onwuka added that the pattern of parenting could play either a positive or negative role in a child’s life, stressing that the children who experience violence at home will have a negative perspective of live.
In his response, Ezeonodo charged all that the time to act was now, even as he hinted that he will make researched to enable him make the needed input.