Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Owolabi has warned youths in the country, particularly students to eschew all forms of vices capable of jeopardizing their future.
He identified cultism as mother of most crimes committed by the youths, regretting increasing number of lives being lost in the process.
Owolabi spoke at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State during a Peace/Security Summit, organized by National Association of Nigeria Student (NANS) in collaboration with the State Police Command.
He revealed that about 90 percent of cult related deaths had no documentation as most parents and guardians of the deceased did not want such cases investigated.
The Commissioner, represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police in- charge of operations in the state, ACP Emmanuel Ogbuanya, also decried growing consumption of illegal drug which he said had landed most youths in trouble and early grave.
He said, “Parents must take issue of cultism serious by inculcating good moral values in their children as well as monitor their movements because most cultists are groomed in higher institutions.”
The CP also urged students in various higher institutions to be brave enough to release timely information to security forces in their various states.
Earlier, Convener of the summit and NANS Senate President, Comrade Chuks Okafor, said the event, themed, “Importance of Safe Society and The Role of Nigerian Students, Youths in the Security of Our Campuses,” was informed by current insecurity being witnessed across the county.
He blamed crimes among youths to exponential rise in consumption of hard drugs, advising them to desist or risk being destroyed by the act.
He also called on leaders to organize national summit where problems of the country will be discussed and addressed.
In his goodwill message, Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Charles Esimone, regretted that lot of lives and future have been truncated owing to the current wave of insecurity in the country.
Represented by Dean Student Affairs, Professor Chinonso Achebe, the VC advised students to be security conscious and to take serious security of their lives and environment.
He said, “it is time we advise ourselves and turn from hearers of words to doers of good things. We also urge them to heed advise from Police in their daily living.”
Speaking on the summit theme, Mr. Obiora Agbasimelo urged youths to imbibe the spirit of unity, tolerance and accept one another irrespective of social and ethnic background.
He further enjoined the youths to play active role in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, advising them to resist being used as tools in the hands of politicians to execute heinous crimes.
In their separate voices, Chairman of the occasion, Chief Stanley Okolie and his co-Chairman, Chief Foster Ihejiofor, appreciated the state police command, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Baba Alkali and NANS for organizing such an important programme that would promote constant police-community relations in the interest of the state and the nation.