Suspected cultists cause uproar in Delta secondary school
Eight In Police Net
Despite the Delta State Government campaign against cultism in schools, some students in secondary schools in Asaba and its environs are still involved in cult related activities.
The Government Youth Campaign Programme tagged Cultism, the Nigerian Child, has been introduced to various schools across the three senatorial districts, and anchored by the Directorate of Youth Development.
Few months ago, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa flagged off the programme targeted at secondary school students in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state, with the aim to re-orientate and educate students on the dangers of engaging in cult activities.
But this was not to be yesterday, in Asaba, as some group of students suspected to be members of a cult group allegedly invaded one of the secondary schools around Inter-Bau (name withheld) to cause chaos inside the school premises.
It was gathered that some of the schools involved included Niger Mixed Secondary School, Asagba Mixed Secondary School and Osadenis High School, where the suspected cultists allegedly engaged in attacks and counter attacks, especially at the end of the last JSS III examinations.
Last week Wednesday, it was a herculean task for security agents, who were invited to help contend the students after the students of Niger Mixed Secondary School allegedly invaded Osadenis High School Asaba. Both teachers and students ran for their lives from the attackers, who alleged wielded dangerous weapons.
The presence of security agents however brought some respite, as the rampaging suspected cultist took to their heels on sighting the police van. Students, who were trapped by the chaos, were not that lucky, as some of them were arrested on their way home and detained by the police from the Special Anti Cult Unit (SACU). Some of them were later released after they reportedly proved their innocence.
Speaking to Journalists the Police Image Maker in the state, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, said eight suspected cultists were arrested and are currently undergoing interrogations.
While calling on parents to inculcate the discipline of care in their children, he said the police will continue to arrest and bring to book those involved in criminal activities.