The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, on Friday expressed sadness over the rising cases of cultism among youths in Lagos.
The Police boss, who called for a state of emergency on cultism, stated that six out of 10 young people are cultists.
Imohimi spoke at a town hall meeting with some residents of Surulere area of the state.
The forum had as theme: “ Partnership with Community for Crime Prevention.’’
“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.
Imohimi commended residents of Surulere for their support to crime fighting and criminality, adding that there had been reduction in criminal activities in the area.
He said the success story of crime fighting in Lagos could be attributed to intelligence information volunteered by members of the public.
The commissioner urged Surulere residents to continue to provide useful information to the police in their area, advising them to report any unprofessional conduct of police officers.
He also advised parents and guardians to monitor their children to prevent them being used as political thugs during the forthcoming general elections.