Lawmaker’s Security Aide, Son Nabbed For Cultism
It has been uncovered that one of the police officers arrested recently in Akwa Ibom State for alleged involvement in cult related activities was a security aide attached to a serving state lawmaker from Itu Federal Constituency.
The police along with his co-traveller have been sacked from the Nigeria Police Force, and will soon be charged to court.
Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Adeyemi Samuel Ogunjemilusi, made the disclosure last week when he led other senior officers of the Force on a courtesy visit to the Speaker and members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Investigations revealed that one of the suspects arrested was the son to a state lawmaker who preceded the said serving lawmaker in the state House of Assembly.
The police boss who resumed work in the state on the 2nd of January this year, said the dismissed officers who have been interrogated will soon be charged to court.
He disclosed that he was on a mission to the state to flush out cultism and put an end to violent crimes in the state, maintaining that he will not spare any one caught constituting a threat to the peace of the state.
Decrying the rising wave of youths involvement in cultism, Ogunjemilusi disclosed that about 60 cult members have so far been arrested in the state, while 17 have been prosecuted in the court.
“My mission is to make Akwa Ibom the safest state in the country. There are over 20 cult societies in the state, and they kept multiplying. Most cult members are armed with locally made pistols, and axes. We caught two police officers among them, we have dismissed them and we are prosecuting them along with them. Akwa Ibom Police command under my leadership is now more resolute to stamp out cultism and contend its spread in the state. We are more determined to flush out violent crimes in the state”.
The police Commissioner expressed concern at the rate at which the youths involve themselves in drug abuse, violent crime and cultism and urged the legislature to assist the police through enabling legislation that would provide stiffer penalties against cultism.
He reasoned that if the existing law on internal security was reviewed to provide stiffer penalties for any one caught involving in cult related activities, it would help the police in the war against cultism and violent crimes.
Responding, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke commended the police boss for his efforts in combating crime in the state. He assured of the readiness of the House of Assembly to collaborate with the police in fight against violent crime, cultism and other crimes.
Further investigations revealed that a police orderly attached to a legislator; and the son of a former lawmaker were among those arrested during a police raid at a popular hotel along Itu road on that night as the cult group held their meeting.
This is line with the promise of the Police commissioner during the meeting with youth leaders that any member of force caught engaging in cultic activities will be summarily dismissed. Already some of the arrested suspects are in court to plead their cases.
The police commissioner solicits more information from the public to enable the force fight crime.