By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
In an avowed determination to halt cultism among teenagers, parents of any youngster caught in the act in Lagos will henceforth be held responsible.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos Command Edgal Imohimi read the riot act as part of move to arrest the escalation of Secondary School Students and underaged youth in cultism.
Edgal gave the warning while parading some secondary school students, who are in their teens, apprehended for alleged involvement in cultism activities.
The Police Commissioner stressed that the command has realised tbat parents are fast loosing grip of their children as they no longer pay attention to them.
According to Edgal, parents have an essential role to play in the lives of their children if they are to become responsible in future.
He pointed out that such role is constitutional, adding that the dereliction of the role by many parents was responsible for there children’s indulgence in cultism and other criminal acts.
” Henceforth, any underaged arrested for cultism, the parents will be held responsible. Parents are loosing grip of their children because they no longer pay attention to them. Parents have a parental role for their children, it is constitutional “, the police commissioner warned.
It will be recalled that four male students of Atunrashe Senior Secondary School and another one from Birch Freeman Junior Secondary School all in Surulere were last week arrested by police operatives for engaging in cult activities.
They were dentified as Ajala Hafiz, 13, of Birch Freeman, while the trio of Femi Awoniyi,17, Dauda Sodiq,15, and Timileyin Balogun.,17, are of Atunrashe.
The suspects were said to have been intercepted on their way to attack a rival students cult group at EKO Boys High School. Mushin.
Five sharp knives and one cutlass were reportedly recovered from them.
One Mayowa Rauf Oguntoye, 18 years old, alleged to be the leader and sponsor of the group was also arrested.