The Nigerian Police has launched a nationwide campaign tagged, “Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices” (POCACOV), to save Nigerian youth against the menace of cultism, drug abuse, and other related misconducts.
During the national launch event held at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police said the development is part of his plans to run a Police Force that is not only proactive in internal security management but also people-oriented.
“POCACOV is an initiative that is aimed at saving our youths from the claws of cultism and other vices through advocacy, awareness creation, sensitization and re-orientation, and School and community outreaches, amongst others,” Adamu said.
He, however, emphasized the need to work with different stakeholders as well as mobilize the people to aid in getting to the root of the crimes in the society.
“The programme is informed, firstly, by the realisation that there is a correlation between cultism and other violent crimes involving our youth population. Secondly, is that deep-rooted and socially-driven crimes like cultism are best mitigated through a strategy that is premised on community policing practices which encourages building partnerships towards addressing delinquencies that threaten our communal values,” the IGP said.
He also made it known that the force has inaugurated the NYSC/POCACOV Community Development Service (NYSC/POCACOV CDS) to help in deepening the message at the grassroots.