In a bid to flush out illicit drug peddling and crime in Sabon Zango a suburb of Accra, Chief, and youth of the community have mounted pressure on Illicit drug peddlers who go about doing their illegal trade in the community with impunity, to evacuate or face the law. The activities of these drug peddlers have brought untold sanitation challenges and crime-related issues within the locality.
Many were those who believed that with the evacuation of these thugs, the community will be clean, hygienic and conducive for child upbringing. Collaboration between Zango chief, Zango Youth, security agencies as well as the Municipal Assembly will facilitate the implementation of the exercise. Wee smokers, junkies, Tramadol and benyln abusers have taken over Sabon Zango community and their activities have paved way for petty traders including provision store owners capitalizing on the “niche market” to engage in the sale of hard drugs like tramadol blue, blue, benyln among other drugs.
According to Baako Royal Family, the time has come for the people of Zango to come together and fight these Drugs and Bonker issue hindering the development of the community. The activities of the Drug peddlers the family said have been the core of major social problems and if not addressed, might cause destruction to the lives of the upcoming new generation in Sabon Zango. The Chief, the youth and Assembly collaboration with the security agencies in the fight against the canker, believing that such collaboration is the best way to go rather than leaving all burden on the security agencies.
Both wee and drug peddlers, as well as drug abusers, can be seen in broad daylight around the premises of Gaskia Cinema Hall, 4.4 area, Angua makafi and other areas within the community. It will be recalled that during the registration of the National Identification Card, Gaskia Cinema Hall was the supposed centre meant for the exercise; however, due to the invasion of these drug peddlers, the exercise was redirected to another centre as the staffs of NIA cannot work in the midst of those wee smokers.
The residents have complained about how some military men and police patrol teams usually come around the area at night to extort money from the drug peddlers. The residents, on May 4, 2019, claimed they witness a patrol team in a military pick up the vehicle with the registration number (number withheld) made up of police and military men openly taking money from the drug peddlers with impunity.
One of the tramadol and weed smokers who spoke with this reporter revealed that the military officers and the police normally meet with the illicit drug and wee peddlers somewhere around Zongo junction to receive money in order not to harass them when selling their wares to them the (abusers).
These smokers can also be seen in and around the Gaskia Cinema toilet, smoking openly without any fear, due to the money some military and police patrol team take from the peddlers.
Source: wadataOnline.com/Muhammed Faisel Mustapha