Mallam Kokoloko, a suburb of Weija-Gbawe Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, is now becoming a safe heaven for smoking of illicit drugs by children between the ages of 14 and 17, and particularly the school-going ones.
Today investigations together with information from residents have revealed that Mallam Kokoloko has been seriously plagued by all manner of social-vices, which include minors engaging in wee smoking, sniffing of cocaine and snuff, prostitution, stealing, alcoholism and armed robbery.
Today discovered that high sale of wee and some deadly concoction believed to be alcoholic beverages mixed with Indian hemp was also high in the area.
Today understands that these notorious ghettos were popularly known amongst the drug peddlers, users and addicts as ‘Bolar ghettos at Mallam Kokoloko.
The paper in the course of its findings was reliably informed that majority of the youth in the area were alleged to be involved in smoking of marijuana (wee).
The development has become a grave concern to many traditional office holders, religious leaders, residents, assembly members, stakeholders and opinion leaders
“It is against the law to smoke marijuana, and as responsible traditional officers, opinion holders and assembly members in the area, we have a responsibility to mobilise the rest of the residents to defeat this, especially when we have the younger children engaging in it.
“We are concerned because children between the ages of 14 and 17 are engaging in the use of marijuana and they are basically housed in the wee ghettos at Kokoloko bolar smoking this illicit drugs,” the residents noted.
They raised alarm over the increasing rate of wee smoking by the youth at Mallam Kokoloko while contributing to the social and infrastructure intervention issues at a town hall meeting organised by the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly and Ministry of Information on Thursday, June 5, 2018.
According to many of the residents, they were disappointed in the Weija District Police Command for failing to respond earlier complaints regarding young men and women of the area found smoking wee and its related drugs in ghettos at Kokoloko bolar.
They disclosed that some time ago, some residents reported the drug peddlers and smokers to the Weija Police Command, but no arrests were made.
To their surprise however, the drug peddlers soon returned to their ghettos to continue their nefarious activities.
Against this background, the residents appealed to the government and the Weija Gbawe Municipal Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, put in place lasting measures that would stop the trade in illicit drugs in the area.
Some of the residents, who spoke to Today bitterly lamented the situation and the kind of dangers associated with the practice. They called on the Weija Gbawe Municipal Assembly to impress upon the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu, to order for the immediate arrest of the drug peddlers.
However, Coordinator Director of the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly, Madam Mercy Quasah responding to the issue, said her outfit was doing its possible best to ensure all drug peddlers as well as users were flushed out from the community.
She added that the assembly was on a vigorous operation to flush out marijuana smokers in the area, while offering assistance to them, especially the younger ones.
Madam Quasah promised that the assembly would soon lead a combined team of military and police to undertake swoops in ghettos in the area.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU