Written by Aniekpeno Nsibiet

It as gathered that about 12 Primary School pupils between the ages of 6 and 16,

were reportedly recruited and initiated into the dreaded cult group known as Awawa.

The police said it was a Guardian and Counseling teacher

at the Egan Community School in Lagos who uncovered the cultists initiation ceremony plan.

According to police report, the pupils were recruited by a 16-year-old girl identified as Salami Rasheedat

who attends Egan Senior Grammar in Igando, Lagos and were undergoing training

in order to become hardened members in the future before it got exposed.

The arrest which happened last week was disclosed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal,

at the State Police Command. The police boss revealed that two men were also arrested for initiating the Primary School pupils into the cult gang.

The police said it was a Guardian and Counseling teacher at the Egan Community School in Lagos

who uncovered the cultists’ initiation ceremony plan. The school comprised of both primary and secondary levels.

The teacher was said to have noticed a particular incision on the lower jaws of some of the

students and decided to ask questions about it, to which one of the children confessed that any

school pupil or student seen with the mark was a member of the Awawa cult group.

Consequent upon the discovery, the teacher raised an alarm and

the school authorities reported the matter to the police.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said that

acting on the report, he directed the Gender Section of the Command to investigate the

allegation of initiation into an unlawful society affecting 12 children whose ages ranged from

6 to 16 years, the 16-year-old girl being the oldest and only female among them.

Edgal said that during interrogation, the girl confessed that she did take the rest of the

children for initiation and that the symbol on their jaws was that of the Awawa Boys.

“Two adult suspects behind the initiation are already in police custody and are helping police investigation.

Investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting other members of the Awawa group for prosecution,”

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