The Cross River State Police command has decried the increasing rate of youth involvement in drug abuse in the ‘Bayside’ area of Calabar South.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry Fadairo, who raised this concern in Calabar during a stakeholders’ meeting with members of Calabar South communities and other affiliate unions of the police, said that the meeting was organised to brainstorm on the importance of having a crime free society.
He described the act as worrisome, pointing out that most of the crimes recorded in Calabar South were carried out by some youths who participate in the illicit use of drugs.
According to him, he would collaborate with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency in the state to ensure that ‘Bayside’ area was free from drug abuse by youths.
“I am ready to give NDLEA police support to ensure that the Bayside area of Calabar South is totally free from drug usage by youths.
“Most of these youths after taking these drugs will engage themselves in kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes.
“We need to fashion out ways to curb this menace. Cross River is known for its peace and hospitality; we must maintain peace that the state is known for.
“Last week, we paraded almost 24 suspects, most of them were suspected cultists, armed robbers, kidnappers and other,” he said.
The commissioner advised parents and guardians to be extra vigilant in monitoring the affairs of their wards in order to stop them from being involved in drugs abuse or other social vices.
Chairman of Calabar South Local Government Area, Mrs. Majorie Asuquo, said that the council was already building an office for the NDLEA to move in.
Asuquo said that the view was to have the presence of the agency in Calabar south, adding that it would help to curb the menace of drugs abuse by youths.
According to her, the council will demolish all suspected hide-out of criminals in the area, stressing that her administration has zero tolerance for cultism, armed robbery and kidnapping.
She commended the police for their constant presence in the area, adding that she would continue to work in harmony to ensure that Calabar South was peaceful.
A member of the Police Community Relations Committee, Mr. Mark Emmanuel, attributed poor power supply in Calabar South to the increasing rate of armed robbery in the area.
Emmanuel said that most of the robbery incidents usually occur at night because the area is usually dark, thereby making it easy for armed robbers to strike.
He appealed to the state government to install more transformers in order to light up the area and prevent it from crime.
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