ENUGU State Police Command paraded 18 teenage Cultists in the forest while conducting their initiation.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Ammani, implored parents to be highly responsible for the upbringing of their children inorder to ensure that they do not take to delinquent behaviours.
Ammani, who was disappointed that children between the ages of 14 and 17 were open to cultism at an early age, said that there was a need for parents to work squarely with the police and other constituted authorities in the state to check teenage delinquency.
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Stressing further, he noted that the suspects, who were made up of 15 males and three females, were arrested by operatives of the Anti-Cult Squad of the police command on March 12 at 12 noon in their initiations ground.
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In addition, he cautioned parents on the need to ensure that they were not caught in the web of the state law that states that parents would be held liable for any wrongdoing by any child or ward under their care.
Expressing his feelings, Ammani said it baffled the officers in the command how children between the ages of 14 and 17 years find pleasure in belonging to cult groups or confraternity groups.
According to him, they were caught red-handed with machetes, knives and other dangerous weapons as they entered the process of initiating themselves into cultism.
Ammamni stressed that the astonishing revelation by these children led to the invitation of their parents to the command.
In his word, “Parents should take parenting and character moulding of these children seriously and ensure they do not turn out to be a menace to the society.
“Presently, these teenagers will turn out within a few years to be a great terror to the peace-loving people of the state, some turning to armed robbers, highway robbers, kidnappers and finally murderers.
“All these are because a parent failed in his or her responsibility to the child as well as due diligence in monitoring and shaping the child’s lifestyle.”