Up to 12 former members of four different cultist group have quited their membership in Delta State.
The National Coordinator of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) CPS Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed his to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Enugu.
CSP Ebere Amaraizu said they renunciation was carried out at Ughoton Community close to Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State on Thursday.
He said the former cultist who quited were from Aye, Eiye, Vikings and Ozuola cult groups.
CSP Ebere said the former cultist members embraced peace by renouncing their allegiances and offered to work for the development of the society.
CSP Ebere said the event was witnessed by some head of security agencies, Ambassador Austyne Emu of the anti-cult volunteer corp, dignitaries in the area and POCACOV Ambassador in the state.
He said the Anti Cult Volunteer Corps in collaboration with POCACOV as well as other relevant agencies in Delta State such as the the State Anti Cult Unit (SACU) will ensure that they keep working together in order to rid the society of cultism and other social vices.
He said POCACOV will continue to use diplomacy, creation of awareness, reorientation and sensitisation in accordance with the rules of the community oriented policing to reach out to youths that have gone astray.
One of the cultist who renounced his membership, Mr Godday Monday, appreciated the efforts of the Inspector General of Police for the opportunity given to them through POCACOV.
Monday also said they promised not to return back to cultism. He says now it is clear to them that there is no gain in being a cultist.
NAN reported that POCACOV is a program initiated by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Muhammed Adamu, to discourage youths from joining cultist gangs.
NAN said the initiative was meant to give a chance to those that want to give up cultism and to reorient them as well as making then better citizens.