Edgal Imohimi, the commissioner of Police in Lagos State has disclosed that 6 out of 10 young people in the state are cultist.
Edgal, who called for a state of emergency on cultism, decried the rising cases of cultism among youths in Lagos.
Naija News understands that the police boss said this while speaking at a forum themed “Partnership with Community for Crime Prevention” in Surulere area of the state.
“I instructed one of my officers to carry out a research on the reason for increase in cultism among the young ones, and it was revealed that it gives them a kind of advantage over their peers.
“For some, they joined to avoid being intimidated. Whatever reason it is, the blame is on us parents for not caring enough about our children,” he said.
Edgal who disclosed that there had been reduction in criminal activities in the area, attributed this development to the support the residents of the area have been giving to the police force.
He added that the fight against crime and criminality in the state can be attributed to intelligence information volunteered by members of the public.
According to The Nation, the also advised parents and guardians to monitor their children to prevent them being used as political thugs during the forthcoming general elections.
“The election year is approaching and it is time we started talking to ourselves. Do not allow politicians to come and use your children as touts.
“All you need to do is get your PVC and vote peacefully. Let us not allow some people come from elsewhere to disrupt the peace in Lagos,’’ he said.