The Nasarawa State Police Command has vowed to eradicate the activities of cultists and armed robbers operating at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.
The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Mr Abayomi Akeremale, gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lafia when he paid a visit to the Rector of the polytechnic, Mr Emmanuel Jatau.
Akeremale said the police would work with the security arm of the polytechnic to ensure that the school and other institutions in the state were from criminal elements.
He said that as part of measure to effectively tackle the menace, plain-clothe officers would be deployed to work in collaboration with the institution's security unit.
"This will help in checking the increasing attacks by armed robbers and cult groups in the institution which has left several people dead in recent times," he said.
On the growing problem of cultism, the commissioner said it was not peculiar to the institution.
He, however, stated that the police would step up preventive aspect of its surveillance around the polytechnic.
He said the command was determined to ensure that schools in the state remained citadels of academic research and excellence and not haven for criminals.
In his remarks, the rector said that most of the “bad eggs” that were involved in robbery and cultism were not students of the polytechnic.
Jatau said, however, that the school community had become too vulnerable to societal vices.
He appealed to the police to step up surveillance around the polytechnic to check the activities of cultists and armed robbers.
He said a situation where bandits inflicted machete cuts on their victims and in some cases raped the female students was not acceptable.
Jatau rector recalled that said some of the bandits had recently inflicted machete cuts on three students dispossessing them of their cell phones.
He said that most of those involved in criminal activities were not students of the polytechnic but “those that claim to be students and stayed on campus without ever graduating”. (NAN)