By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—EDO State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, has urged the state House of Assembly to pass stringent laws to stem activities of cultists in the state, noting that such laws would help reduce other violent crimes in the state.
Mr. Ezike, who identified kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism as the three major crimes in the state, pointed out that cultism brews other crimes, saying that if cultism was checked, other violent crimes in the state could easily be tackled.
He spoke, weekend, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Management of the University of Benin, UNIBEN. While addressing the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Faraday Orumwense and other management staff, he sought for partnership with the university in the fight against cultism, saying that it was through collaboration that the war against cultists in the state could be won.
While comparing the crime rate amongst the South-South states, he however, said that the activities of armed robbers may be worse in other states than in Edo, but stressed that the issue of cultism has been worrisome to the command and the people of the state in general.
He said: “In the South- South region, when we talk about crime, Edo is not the best and it is also not the worst, hence the need to interface with tertiary institutions. That is why we are appealing to the House of Assembly to pass stringent laws that will help check the activities of cultists. We have found out that when people join cults, they can easily turn to armed robbery and kidnapping and that is why we must focus on how to stem cultism.”
He tasked the university on research to find lasting solution to criminality and also how the public can assist the police in the fight against crime.
Ezike also advocated the restructuring of the “students moral fabrics,” just as he charged parents and worship centres within the University “to take deep look at their wards. While we (police) wield the big stick, we believe that the carrot approach will bring faster results.”