Landlords, residents and business owners have lamented threat to their lives and property over the activities of drug users causing unrest at a location close to the abandoned Mayas Hotel, Sabo community, in the Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The community members, while appealing to the state government and security agencies to apprehend drug users causing chaos in the area, said the suspects, while under the influence of hard drugs, usually engaged in street fights.
They also raised concern that drug users, who were said to be teenagers within the age range of 12 and 17, usually gathered at the location close to the abandoned hotel.
Our correspondent gathered that despite policemen clamping down on their activities in the area, the drug users usually regrouped at the location to continue their illicit act.
A leader in Sabo community, Yusuf Kamorudeen, said the threats posed by the continued presences of the drug users in the community had been sending shivers down the spines of residence.
He said, “We are tired of having these boys in our community. After they have smoked what is beyond their brain, they will start misbehaving and disturbing the peace of the community.
“We live closer to where they take their hard drugs. So, we are always the first point of contact when they start fighting. As young as they are, many of them belong to one cult group or their other.
“They keep bringing their cult issues to the community. I remember there was a time one of these cult guys was killed around the railway side. This is a threat to our community, and we can’t do anything about it.”
Another resident, Abass Babalola, urged the government to come to their aid, claiming that when the drug users started misbehaving in the community, they usually took advantage of the unrest to rob residents of their valuables.
He said, “Many members of this community and other adjoining communities have been robbed while passing through the Sabo road that connects us with the location of the drug users.
“Many of us don’t pass the road at night despite knowing that it is the fastest route. From 9pm, many of the motorcyclists will not ply the road; they would rather take a far distance. We want the government to come to help us send them away from our community.”
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said residents of the community did not complain to the police that drug abusers were regrouping and terrorising them.
He said, “We will raid there any moment from now. Whenever we want to go there, we won’t disclose it so that they will not breach our movement. Now that we know that such a thing is still going on there, we are not going to leave them to continue perpetrating evil.
“The people that are complaining that the drug users are disturbing them, do they know how many times police have raided that place and have arrested many suspects and charged them to court?
“Did they complain to the police to let us know that these people are regrouping? Up till now, we never receive a report by any civilian that the people are regrouping. We are just taking our own initiative to go there from time to time to raid.
“So, people should speak out when they see something like that. And as they are informing us, they should inform the NDLEA too.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that police command in the state, in January 2021, raided the location of the drug and recovered N2,722,750 and hard drugs worth several millions of naira.