The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos, Mr Imohimi Edgal, on Monday charged students’ union leaders to partner the police in fighting cultism and drug abuse.
Edgal gave the charge while welcoming the Southwest leadership of National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Zone D, who visited him at the command Headquarters, Ikeja.
He said the position of the leaders was strategic, and they had vital roles to play in getting solutions to security challenges in Nigeria.
The CP said that union leaders should not work only for the benefit of students; rather, they should also work with security agencies to tackle different security challenges in the society.
“There is need for students unions to partner security agencies to check all social vices. The first one is cultism. Before now, cultism was restricted to university.
“Today, cultism has spread to primary, secondary schools and artisans. Cult groups now fight each other with dangerous weapons over girlfriends, they fight lecturers, and are even used by politicians.
“Most worrisome are some rusticated students going to primary and secondary schools to recruit underage into cultism and other crimes.
“The second vice is drug abuse. Many students, particularly lower level students, are into hard drugs. Many secondary school students now take tramadol and other hard drugs,” he said.
Edgal urged the students’ leaders to use their network to champion the campaign against cultism and drug abuse and take this to different students at all levels.
He also called on them to give useful information about some of the students or rusticated students recruiting others into cultism or hard drugs for profiling.
“If we do not do something about these vices now, they will consume us in future,” he said.
Earlier, the Coordinator of NANS, Zone D in Southwest, Mr Adekitan Luqman, said they were at the command to commend the CP for putting an end to Badoo cult group and some other crimes in Lagos.
Luqman said they had been monitoring the activities of Edgal since he assumed duty as commissioner of police, stressing that his efforts were manifested in the number of criminals arrested, including kidnap kingpin, Evans.
He commended the CP for protecting the students, assuring him of their cooperation to check vices in schools.
The General Secretary of the union in the zone, Mr Dennis Olusegun, invited the CP to come to their campuses to lecture their colleagues on drugs and cultism.