Blood oath-taking among Delta secondary students spreads like wildfire

Blood oath-taking among Delta secondary students spreads like wildfire

  • We do it to secure our ‘love’-Culprits                                                  
  • Govt, police, others condemn act

Bizarre activities of oath taking among secondary school lovers have taken an alarming dimension in Delta State, creating concerns among parents, security operatives and government.

Investigations revealed that male and female lovers in Senior Secondary School II and III, in the state, engage in the act of sharing blood to prove their love and prevent intruders. While the trend gets messier by the day, it was reliably gathered that a popular mixed secondary school in Asaba, (name withheld) located along Nnebisi Road before the Inter Bau Roundabout, is a beehive of illicit sexual activities.

In most cases, the male and female students of the school allegedly engage in sexual competition and, in the process, get into oath taking.

The students, according to findings, buy new razor blade and 26 cowries and then cut their nails on both feet.

The cowries and cut nails would then be soaked in water for some hours after which the two young love birds would drink its effluent.

“After this, we cut our bodies and then suck from each other’s blood,” one of the students, who confessed to our correspondent, but asked not to be named, said.

In Kwale, Agbor, Warri and Ughelli towns, virtually all the mixed secondary schools are allegedly enveloped in this lovers’ oath taking and other illicit sexual acts.

Expectedly, secondary school girls and boys, who are not into lovers’ oath taking are more often subjected to scorn and humiliation by the clique of these lovers, while in classroom.

Another self-professed group member, who simply identified herself as Roseline, said, “We agreed we would get married after our university education, but to sustain our love relationship, we took blood oath to keep us intact.”

The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, who spoke to our correspondent, confirmed that there had been several reports from some schools in Agbor, Ughelli and Asaba, where the students had indulged in lovers’ blood oath taking, saying that a committee had been set up to monitor the schools and bring the culprits to book.

“It is wicked and an evil act for blood oath-taking to be happening among students and the state government is particularly serious about the students involved and will bring them to book,” he said.

On his part, the Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Alkali Baba Usman, said, “We have received several reports of lovers’ blood oath-taking among secondary school boys and girls, and we have set our men to arrest those involved in the act. It is a crime and is evil, even though no arrest has been made.”

Pastor Paul Osegie of the End- Time Miracle Ministry in Asaba, said, “It is bad; God forbids such act and it results in madness in no distant time.”

A medical practitioner at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Dr. Monday Osarenkhoe, who spoke on the implications of blood oath-taking, said, “It is evil and portends sicknesses. For instance, one of the parties may be HIV-positive, so it can be transferred to the other person. “Security agents should arrest those who are involved in the act; it is a taboo; an outdated form of showcasing love for one another; nobody does that in this present age.”

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