The Enugu State police command has commended the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV ), an initiative of the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, aimed at saving Nigerian youth from cultism and other social vices.
POCACOV is also aimed at getting the youth who were involved in social vices back to the society, through reorientation to make them better citizens able to contribute their quota towards the development of the nation.
The spokesperson of the Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, a police superintendent, in a statement, described the establishment of POCACOV as very apt.
He said the programme’s unique characteristic is anchored on the fact that it is community-driven and promotes the tenets of community policing to cut across all relevant stake holders.
“The involvement of artisans such as drivers, bus conductors, mechanics, commercial motorcyclists, traders, cart pushers, amongst others, has clearly shown that the cankerworm is no longer an academic malady alone, but a socio-economic and academic malady. So, may not be out of place to say the society is sitting on a keg of gunpowder,” he said.
He also lamented the involvement of girls as well as secondary and primary school students. “Some youths don’t even know why they get involved in cultism, although indication has it that some join to be protected, famous, to gain respect, while others join out of ignorance ranging from coercion and peer group influence and empty promises,” he added.
Amaraizu, who is the national coordinator of POCACOV, said there is also involvement of some political class who usually make use of such youths to perpetrate violence. “This is the time to support the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, by identifying with and supporting this great proactive programme with unique characteristics of sustainability and durability,” he noted.
The programme has a strong collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which gave birth to the NYSC POCACOV Community Development Service inaugurated by the IGP during the national flag-off of POCACOV in August, in Enugu.
Other collaborators include notable comedians, actors, actresess and artistes as well as musicians under the POCACOV ambassadors.
“There is also strong collaboration with the National Orientation Agency and the media to help deepen the campaign,” Amaraizu explained, adding that the initiative is now set to be deployed in all the states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.