By Ikeugonna Eleke
Members of Nteje community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State have bemoaned the rise in the use of hard drugs by youths, attributing it to the cause of crime in the area, even as they have given drug dealers in the community 14 days to vacate the town.
The president general of the community which also abolished the sale of hard drugs, Mr Chidiebele Obika, who briefed journalists, Thursday, September 8, after a meeting of Nteje Development Union (NDU); an umbrella organisation for members of the community, said there had been a rise in sundry crimes caused by the use of hard drugs.
‘NDU has looked into the rise in petty crimes in the community and concluded that it is fuelled by the sale and use of hard drugs in Nteje.
‘Crimes like stealing, armed robbery, rape, are the cause of use of hard drugs by our youths. You will agree with us that the petty thief of today can graduate into a hardened criminal tomorrow.
‘That is why we have decided that from today onward, every person in this community who sells cocaine or methamphetamine, which is popularly called mkpurumiri, has 14 days; that is two weeks, to prepare and leave the community.’
Obika said that on the expiration of the two weeks grace, the community’s taskforce would comb the villages and fish out anyone who sold hard drug for appropriate sanctions.
Some members of the community who spoke during the meeting decried the rise in cases of rape, attributing it to the use of hard drugs by most youths.
‘You know that many productive youths tend to become useless because of the consumption of hard drugs, and even those who should either be in school or in business, simply abandon them once they become hooked on drug.
‘We want to begin early to salvage our youths. That is why we are saying that the sale of hard drugs in Nteje Land has been abolished from today. Dealers have two weeks to relocate out of the community or face trouble,’ Obika warned.