Isaac Akinmoyede, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) for Zone 9 in Umuahia, has urged the government to provide jobs for youths, create an environment that encourages investment, and combat vices like cultism.
When the Abia branch of POCACOV (Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices) paid him a courtesy and advocacy visit at his office on Friday, he made the call.
Abia, Imo, and Ebonyi commands are under Zone 9.
One of such favorable environments, in Akinmoyede’s opinion, is security.
He said that the police were doing all they could to make sure that society was safe.
The police chief, who denounced the growing cult, said that it had spread from higher education institutions to secondary schools.
It is “truly a tremendous issue,” said the former Plateau and Imo County Police Commissioner, because even craftsmen are now participating in cults.
According to Akinmoyede, the increase in street cultism has always been a result of ongoing strikes and other situations that prevent students from attending class.
“But thank God the schools are up and running again, and it is thought that if schools are kept busy, vices in society would decrease,” he remarked.
To guarantee that we are able to do our duties in the best manner possible, we just need the public’s and POCACOV’s ongoing support. Policing is not an easy assignment.
The AIG promised his support, saying, “And in whatever manner I know I can help towards the expansion of POCACOV I will do so.” He praised the organisation for doing a lot for the police and society.
POCACOV’s Abia Chairman, Mrs. Adanma Odefa-Wachuku, who was in charge of the delegation earlier, praised the Inspector-General of Police for founding POCACOV.
Community policing, according to Odefa-Wachuku, is the present and the future of police since “all the criminals, cultists, and other vice-committers come from families and communities.”
She claims that POCACOV and the police have the same goal in trying to stop the spread of cultism on the streets.