Lagos youths renounce cultism celebrate with hemp smoking. There was a mild drama at Imota, Lagos State, on Wednesday, as some youths smoked a substance suspected to be Indian hemp to celebrate their cultism renunciation.
Lagos youths renounce cultism celebrate with hemp smoking
The act was observed by our correspondent shortly after the state Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, addressed the press in company with the two former leaders of the Eye and Aiye confraternities.
The renunciation was held at the palace of Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Bakare-Agoro, and was presided over by Imohimi, who displayed guns, cutlasses and axes recovered from the residents.
The youths moved around the community, displaying banners with the inscriptions, ‘Say no to crime, drug abuse and cultism’ and ‘Say no to crime, rape, stealing and cultism.’
The two groups also chanted their respective fraternal songs and exchanged occult pleasantries after the renunciation.
Earlier, while speaking to journalists, Imohimi said the renunciation was the outcome of the state police command’s emphasis on community policing.
He recalled that a similar event was held at Ijede, Ikorodu recently, where about 500 persons renounced cultism, urging other communities in the state to follow suit.
The CP said, “Over 120 youths have voluntarily renounced cultism and handed over their weapons to the police. The significant thing about this process is not the number of those renouncing cultism or the quantity of arms they tendered.
What is most significant is that a process has started, whereby the youths themselves are now indicating interest not only to renounce cultism and other forms of crime.
But also to take up vocational jobs and be integrated back into the society as responsible men and women. Their profiles will be taken and rest assured that this process is credible.
“Another thing is that this was powered by the Oba of Imota, which shows that our strategy of community policing and community safety partnership is working and yielding desired results.
Monarchs, chiefs and senior citizens of communities have a strong role to play in their various communities. They should use their positions to call on youths to renounce cultism, drug abuse and other crimes.”
The ex-leader of the Aye Confraternity, Joseph Fasasi, said they decided to turn a new leaf following entreaties by the monarch and other community leaders.