Police Debunks Alleged Cult Initiation In Secondary School In Delta State + Video
The Delta State Police Command has debunked the viral video clip on various social media handles that captions an activist in one of the secondary schools around 74 Area, Asaba, Delta state.
According to a press release on Thursday, 25th May 2023 signed by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said that the command, having examined the video clip and carried investigation, debunked the narrative by the said activist as false and should be completely disregarded.
The statement read, “The command wishes to state as follows;
“On receipt of the video clip, the commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass, immediately directed the Area Commander Asaba, ACP Sunday Oladipo, and the Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright to proceed to the school for an on-the-spot investigation.
“On arrival at the school premises, the school pupils, teacher, and one of the parents were interrogated. A mother of one of the affected children stated that her children said it was a game in the school tagged ‘snake bite’ and nothing more to it.
“The PPRO probed further to ascertain the claim and interviewed the school pupil, which led to an interesting discovery. One Uche surname unknown aged 9 years told his younger brother, known Emeka, surname unknown aged 6yrs about the game called ‘snake bite’, and the younger brother obliged.
“When the said Uche was asked how it was done, he said it’s a piece of paper that is used to do it. The PPRO then asked if it could be done on him, and the child accepted.
“The PPRO offered his hands, and the child used a small white paper to rub the back of his palm, which gave rise to the exact mark on the same spot that is being wrongly portrayed as cult initiation.
“It became clear that it is a harmless trend among school children and not a cult initiation process as it was wrongly portrayed by the said activist.
The statement urged parents to be calm and ignore the false claim making the rounds, also, it is noteworthy that any right-thinking person who noticed such a trend ordinarily will go into proper investigation and also inform the police to investigate before posting on social media.
“It is again advised that the false publication should not be taken seriously.
Video clips of the statements by the pupils, the mother, and the clip of the act being carried out on the hands of the PPRO.