Afikpo communities battle drug abuse, cultism, ban use of handbags by youths


Handbag (file photo)

By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki

Afikpo communities in Ebonyi State on the platform of the Ehugbo General Assembly have banned the use of handbags by youths in  the community.

They also vowed to flush out criminals to stem the rising crime wave and youth restiveness in the communit

The community elders in a meeting at their traditional square observed with shock, the frequent and indiscriminate use of “questionable handbags,” which the youths sling over their shoulders, noting that such bags, most times, were used to conceal dangerous weapons and hard drugs.

The elders in a communiqué resolved banning such usage just as culprits shall be sanctioned accordingly.

The Ehugbo assembly also lamented the involvement of youths who connive with criminals to arbitrary sale other people’s land and warned that such practice was against the customs of the land, reminding prospective buyers of land to be wary of dupes and ensure that they deal with the rightful owners and the Elders Council, who are custodians of land matters.

The elders also condemned cultism and senseless killings, stressing that such acts would be tackled severely by seriously sanctioning of defaulters.

Reacting on the issue, the Okabue [leader] of the Elders Council in Afikpo, Chief Christopher Abagha Egwu, assured that the directives, as issued, would be implemented to the letter as adequate measures had been streamlined to ensure full compliance.

He further disclosed that the traditional town criers had circulated the decision of the assembly to all the communities to ensure compliance to  that effect.


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