Youths protest over increased cost of marijuana in Ilorin

Rise in crime rates among youths in the ancient town of Ilorin, Kwara State following the outbreak of hostilities among youths at ‘Alore’ part of the town, over an alleged increment in the cost of Cannabis sativa, ‘Igbo’ or ‘Weed’ in the area.

The protesting youths, some of whom went berserk, two days ago, to register their anger by destroying unsuspecting residents’ property, allegedly conscripted sellers of the outlawed substance to reduce the cost.

But former Secretary of the state branch of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Olusola Ajolore and the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Alhaji Mohammed Bashir decried the sad development, attributing it to parents’ failure to impart high moral standard in their children and wards.

Bashir said:

“Ilorin was not like this in the past. Some of these youths are copying bad gangs and they need to tread softly. Parents should complement our efforts in this regard.”

Police spokesman, Ajayi Okasanmi DSP, said the command was yet to be briefed of the development, but promised prompt action on anyone committing crime in any part of the town.

He further said the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers would swing into action, “if, indeed, it is true.”

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