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POLICE CHIEF TO ABIA GOVT: Create Jobs, Conducive Investment Climate To Curb Cultism, Other Vices

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The Abia State Government may need to upscale whatever efforts it might have been making in the areas of employment generation and provision of conducive investment climate, if it truly desires checkmate cultism and other vices within its domain.

Consequently, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone Nine of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede, has called on the Abia State Gvernment to generate employment for youths and provide an atmosphere conducive for investments, to curb cultism and other vices.

He made the call when the Abia Chapter of the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) paid a courtesy and advocacy visit to him in his office on Friday.

TWith its headquarters in the Abia State capital, Umahia, the NPF Zone Nine comprises Abia, Imo and Ebonyi states commands, all in Nigeria’s South-East geopolitical zone.

POCACOV is a community-driven initiative of the Nigeria Police to sensitise different stakeholders to the dangers of cultism and other vices.

According to Akinmoyede, one of those conducive atmospheres is security.

He said that Police personnel were trying all within their means to ensure the society became secured.

He decried the rising incidences of cultism, noting it had gone beyond the higher institutions and descended to secondary schools.

Akinmoyede lamented that even artisans were now involved in cultism, saying “it is really a big headache”.

He pointed out that incessant strikes and other circumstances that kept students away from school, had always led to the rise in street cultism.

He said: “But thank God the schools are up and doing again, and it is believed that when schools are kept busy, there will be reduction in vices in the society.

“Policing is not an easy task, all what is required is continued support from members of the public and POCACOV, to ensure that we are able to do our job in the best possible way.”

The AIG, who commended the group for doing a lot for the police and the society, pledged his support “and in any way I know I can contribute towards the growth of POCACOV I will do so”.

Earlier, the Abia Chairman of POCACOV, Mrs. Adanma Odefa-Wachuku, whAdanma Odefa-Wachukuo led the delegation, lauded the Inspector-General of Police for setting up POCACOV.

Odefa-Wachuku described community policing as the present and future of policing “because all the criminals, cultists and others who engage in other vices are from families and communities”.

POCACOV, according to her, has the same objective with the Police, which is to curb cultism that is worsening on the streets.

 

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