The Bauchi State Police Command on Wednesday advised parents to stop their children from accepting the gifts of sweets, chocolates and biscuit from strangers in order to avoid being initiated into secret socities.
Mr Haruna Mohammed, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) gave the charge in Bauchi while on a sensitization campaign in schools in the state.
Mohammed, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, explained that the advice had become necessary to “safeguard children from people with evil intentions.’’
According to him, parents should also closely monitor their children and know their peer groups.
The police spokesman, therefore, advised parents to “discourage them from collecting gift items such as sweets, biscuits and chocolates from strangers.’’
He noted that accepting and consuming these items constituted the easiest ways to initiate children into secret cults and other social vices
Haruna also observed that frequent attendance of social events, such as, parties by youth was another avenue whereby they were initiated into cultism.