• Fri. May 24th, 2024

RECOGNIZING WARNING SIGNS OF CULTISM IN CHILDREN: An Advisory From Anambra State Police Command

Understanding and identifying cautionary signs in our children’s behavior is crucial for their well-being and safety. The Anambra State Police Command has outlined key attitudes and behaviors that may indicate involvement in cultism, providing parents and guardians with important insights for intervention and guidance.

1. Sudden Changes in Personality: Be vigilant for abrupt shifts in your child’s personality, such as a previously outgoing individual becoming withdrawn or vice versa.

2. Seeking Validation from Gangs or Groups: Pay attention if your child starts seeking approval or justification from certain groups, especially if they exhibit secrecy about these interactions.

3. Fascination with Weapons: Notice any newfound interest or possession of weapons, as this could be a sign of involvement in violent activities.

4. Desire for Vigilante Justice: Be concerned if your child expresses a sudden urge to seek revenge or take matters into their own hands, including making threats of retaliation.

5. Substance Abuse and Peer Pressure: Watch for signs of drug or alcohol use, which may indicate susceptibility to peer pressure and influence from negative social circles.

6. Frequent Absences and Late Nights: Take note if your child starts spending extended periods away from home or returns late at night without valid reasons.

7. Excessive Phone Use and Internet Activity: Monitor your child’s phone conversations and online behavior for signs of aggression or interest in causing harm to others.

8. Association with Specific Groups: Be cautious if your child becomes excessively attached to a particular group of friends, especially if they exhibit distinct identifiers like colors, handshakes, or exclusive hangouts.

The Anambra State Police Command emphasizes the importance of creating a peaceful and secure environment for the realization of Nigeria’s potential. Through initiatives like the Police Campaign Against Cultism & Other Vices (POCACOV), the command remains committed to combating crime and safeguarding communities.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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