The Zone 5 of the Nigerian Police, Benin City, Edo State, has called for collaboration with stakeholders on the fight against cultism and kidnapping, among other vices, in the zone.
A press release by Emeka Iheanacho, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and the zone’s Public Relations Officer, quoted the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of the zone, Alkali Baba Usman, as making the statement when the management of Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Benin City, led by the vice chancellor, Prof. Sam Guobadia, paid the zone a courtesy visit on Wednesday.
Usman described cultism as a menace that posed a serious threat to life and property, saying that “as a mother of all crimes, cultism must be tackled collectively.
“The Assistant Inspector General of Police further uses the medium to seek the collaboration of all stakeholders within the zone in dealing with the menace. While expressing the commitment of the zone in tackling the hydra-headed menace, he enjoined members of the public, stakeholders and the good people of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states’ commands, to support the zone in the task of ridding the entire zone from all manner of criminal activities.”
In line with his effort towards repositioning the zone for efficient service delivery, the AIG emphasised that intelligence-led policing as a panacea for dealing with all forms of crime and criminality, assuring that with intelligence, the perpetrators of these heinous crime in the state would be fished out and prosecuted accordingly.
He called on the public to believe in the zone and co-operate with it by providing useful information that could lead to detection and prevention of crime and criminality respectively.
As a way of dealing with cultism on campuses, the police boss assured the readiness of the zone to partner with the management of the tertiary institution in checking the menace. He also advised the management of various tertiary institutions on the need to establish private security guards.