As the campaign against cultism.associated violence ,substance abuse and other vices by the Nigeria police campaign against cultism and other vices (POCACOV) across all states begins to take shape, the newly appointed POCACOV state coordinator for Anambra State Command , SP Chukwudi Okorogu has assured that he will stop at nothing at ensuring that the message of POCACOV as designed in line with the community oriented policing tenets are taking to different stakeholders in the state.
This is with a view to raising the awareness and consciousness of stakeholders and galvanizing their support towards reducing the incidences and menace of cultism associated violence, substance abuse and other vices for a safe and secured society.
Reacting to Okorogus appointment, the National coordinator Police campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) Ebere Amaraizu, a Chief Superintendent of Police commended his appointment and noted that he is an experienced officer with community oriented policing skill going by his pedigree having served at the Nigeria Police College Oji River Enugu state and as second in command Anti-cultism unit Anambra state before his appointment as POCACOV state coordinator.
He will be having the back up with planned programme of action of POCACOV already designed by the Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu who is the programme initiator and of course the support from the IGP M.A ADAMU POCACOV resource Centre Enugu to deliver on his mandate.
Pocacov is designed in line with the community oriented policing tenets of the IGP to sensitize different stakeholders on the dangers of cultism, associated violence, substance abuse and other vices thereby raising the awareness and consciousness and galvanizing stakeholders support to reduce the menace and incidences and making our environment safe and secured .
The programme was nationally flagged off by the IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu on 28th August, 2019 in Enugu and followed with directives from the IGP on the nationwide implementation of POCACOV, approval was given or appointment of state command POCACOV coordinators of not below the rank of Superintendent of Police, leading to the emergence of SP Okorogu emerged .
Meanwhile, In line with the ongoing Nationwide campaign of POCACOV, the IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has implored youths to take advantage of the ongoing nationwide campaign of the police against cultism, associated violence and vices to retrace their step and become good citizens of the country and also be meaningful to themselves.
He noted that cultism, associated violence and vices are like evil wind that blows no body any good in view of its inherent dangers.
He spoke through the national coordinator of (POCACOV) CSP Ebere Amaraizu on the violent clash that erupted last Sunday between some unruly fans of Abia Warriors football club of Umuahia and Enyimba international football club of Aba during the Nigeria professional football league match week 20 played at Umuahia sports stadium which left some injured including chief Felix Anyansi Agwu the general manager of Enyimba international football club as the hauling of stones and plastics rages.
According to Amaraizu, such recource to violence in football which is a unifying factor amongst fans does not pass that message of unity and peace which football signifies hence he condemned the act which he also described as barbaric pointing out that football and the entire sports remains a veritable instrument of peace and unity.
He advised fans who are mainly youth to channel their energy to positivism rather than violence and called on the league management company of Nigeria to take necessary action on those that erred to serve as a deterrent and repetition of such situation in match centers .
The National coordinator POCACOV similarly condemn in its entirety and described as barbaric the alleged incident of cult clash within the week under review at a viewing center opposite Benue state university 2nd gate which allegedly resulted in the killing of one Shija a final year mass communication student of the institution .
“It is is unfortunate that this final year student of mass communication who would have contributed his quota positively to the growth and development of the society had died this way” CSP Amaraizu said even as he charged youth to resist any temptation to join any cult group in order to become that champion of their dream .
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