No fewer than 54 students from various tertiary institutions in Benue State have denounced cultism.
The students left different cult groups during an interactive session between heads of tertiary institutions in the state and the Coordinator of Campus Cult Eradication Foundation, an NGO.
The students made the decision at a meeting co-sponsored by the police.
Miss Blessing Ibrahim, a student of Benue Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, who renounced her membership at the meeting, told newsmen that she did so owing to the non-beneficial nature of cultism.
The ex-cultists said that they were tired of their association with the groups and willingly denounced their membership.
Speaking during the interactive session, Prof. Mathias Nder, Rector, Katsina-Ala College of Education, Katsina-Ala, said cult activities posed serious security challenges to the institution.
Nder said that most lecturers in the school lived under threats of physical harassment from cult groups who demanded money in exchange for attacks.
“The increased cases of insecurity in the state is as a result of the collapse in the social values of our society today.
“Therefore, we need to include ethics and moral courses in the academic curriculum since the culture of a people is buried in the people’s language”, he stated.