Maduako Ignokwe l Thursday, September 8, 2022
ONITSHA, Anambra – Nteje community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State has lamented the rising case of hard drugs usage methamphetamine (mkpurumiri) by youths. The community said the high crimes rate in the area were attributable to drug abuse
The community the community gave dealers of the hard drugs 14 days to relocate or face their wrath.
The president general of the community, Mr Chidiebele Obika who briefed journalists on Thursday, after a meeting of Nteje Development Union (NDU), an umbrella organisation for members of the community said there have been a rise in various crimes caused by use of hard drugs.
“NDU has looked into the rise in petty crimes in the community and concluded that it is fueled by sales and use of hard drugs in Nteje. Crimes like stealing, armed robbery, rape come as a result 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” he said .
According to Obika, at the expiration of the two weeks grace, the community’s taskforce would comb the villages and fish out any one who sells hard drug for appropriate sanction.
Obika added that: “You know that many productive youths tend to become useless because of the consumption of hard drugs, 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 selling hard drug in Nteje land has been abolished from today. Dealers have two weeks to relocate out of the community or face trouble,” he added.
Some members of the community who spoke during the meeting decried the rise in cases of rape, attributing it to use of hard drug by youths.