Cultism: Lagosians, police react to CP’s confession
By Kunle Adeyemi and Olalekan Adetayo
The confession on his past association credited to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo, generated controversy in police formations both within and outside the state on Monday.
Akpoyibo was quoted by newspapers as recounting his experience as a former member of cult groups at a function organised by the Bishop Mike Okonkwo-led The Redeemed Evangelical Mission in Lagos on Sunday.
The police boss reportedly told the bewildered congregation details of his escapades in a bid to get ”power” that would aid the performance of his policing work.
In all the police formations visited by our correspondents within the state on Monday, including the command‘s GRA, Ikeja headquarters, comments on the media report were on the lips of every policeman.
THE PUNCH also learnt that the report caused a level of disquiet at the police headquarters in Abuja.
A police source said many senior police officers viewed the publication as unnecessarily portraying them as cultists.
Another source said Akpoyibo himself was not comfortable with the media attention given to ”what was just a testimony to the goodness of God” in his life.
A cross-section of policemen who spoke with our correspondents on the condition of anonymity, said the publication was capable of further dragging the name of the force in the mud.
But the command‘s spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, said the comments made by Akpoyibo were not meant to cast aspersion on any group or individual and should not be misconstrued.
Mba, a deputy superintendent of police, said the message was meant to admonish the youth on the futility of seeking power in whatever form from occultic forces.
He said, ”I want Nigerians to know that the CP never made the comment to elicit negative reactions; he was in fact, making himself an example of what Godliness means in everybody‘s life.
”Particularly, he wanted police officers to know that the only source of guidance and protection they could have is from God and not any evil forces.
”We are all aware that policing a state like Lagos is not a tea party, hence the commissioner thinks that if the youth become more God-fearing, they will shun crime and the state will be the better for it.”