IG Declares War On Cultism
Edo To Renovate Barrack With N200m
THE Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has declared war on cultism and cult-related clashes in Edo State and other parts of the country.
He said he was determined to put an end to activities of rival cult groups that have claimed several lives in the country in the past.
Arase said this in Benin City at a reception organised for him by the Edo State government, during which Governor Adams Oshiomhole pledged N200 million to renovate Ogida Barracks in the state capital.
Arase, who was accompanied by his wife and children, said he would use his position for the betterment of the force and security of Nigerians, stressing, “I was promoted and demoted, and for an Edo indigene to rise to become a Commissioner of Police (CP), it takes about 28 or 35 years.”
“That I was able to become a CP and also become an IGP is divine providence. I was not the best; ask Parry Osayande, ask Magnus Eweka, they were fantastic officers, but they never got to the top. There are things that define an Edo man: excellence, hard work and integrity; these define my character. I have fought many battles, I have won some, but being the first Edo man to become the IGP is my defining moment,” he added.
Noting that he has kept his promise of dismantling roadblocks, he said Edo State has been bedeviled by the menace of cultism, a trend he was ready to decisively stamp out.
According to him, “We have serious issues with cultism in Edo State. I will continue to deal with them, and I will continue to arrest them. I have insisted that nobody in the state, no matter how highly placed, can abridge the interest of Edo State. Anyone involved in cultism will be dealt with. I will spare no one, whether in government or not. I have brought a CP that first came to ensure that the issues of cultism were dealt with. He was taken away but I have brought him back. I am sure he is back to complete the directives I gave him.”
On his part, Oshiomhole said the people of the state were “very proud that one of us, simply on the basis of merit, has been picked as the IG.
I want us to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari, because he appreciates merit. That is why we are here to celebrate our brother. The president is laying foundation for building institutions that would thrive on merit.