Peace Tamuno, Yenagoa
The Amayanabo of Okpoama Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, King Emmanuel Ebitimi Banigo, Okpoama XXI, in Okpoama, Brass local government area of Bayelsa State, has sanctioned the raid on illegal drugs spots and discipline of indecently dressed boys in the area.
The community chiefs led by the Chairman of Council of Chiefs, Chief Inikio Sam Sele-Dede, and the youths carried out the directive of the traditional ruler expressed his support for the battle against drug abuse within the community.
Our correspondent reports that the joint committee demolished fourteen drug peddling points, with illicit drugs suspected to be marijuana, benzos, cocaine, LSD and codeine were found and seized.
Speaking at end of the exercise Inikio Sam Sele-Dede said Okpoama has forbidden drug peddling and consumption, saying, ” Anybody caught will be handed over to the law enforcement agents for prosecution.
“I commend the resilience and commitment of the people of the community in checking drug peddling and consumption and we call on all hard drug dealers to keep off the community.”
A member of the joint action committee who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “The decision was to move against the illicit drug spots in the community, which was provoked by the rising use of drugs by the boys within the community”.
Another community source who wouldn’t want his names on print confirmed that scores of youths with strange hair cuts and saggy trousers were apprehended, hair style shaved and were flogged several strokes of cane.