The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday demolished suspected hard drugs spots in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.
The agency carried out the operation through the office of the security adviser to the Cross River state governor in collaboration with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The demolition began at about 7 am within Calabar South and Calabar Municipality.
The team demolished a kiosk at Bogobiri area and an uncompleted building at Target Road by Murray Street in Calabar South. Another uncompleted building was also demolished at Ediba Street in Calabar Municipality.
Security Adviser to Gov. Ben Ayade in the Cross River South Senatorial District, Mr. Ani Esin, said the operation was carried out after extensive investigation of the various black spots.
Esin revealed that the state government was out to chase all suspected criminal elements from their hide-outs, including those who use and deal on hard drugs.
According to him, the spot at Bogobiri area was destroyed after the inhabitants raised alarm on the high level of youth involvement in hard drugs.
He added that the spot also harboured suspected migrants who came into Calabar without valid travelling documents.
“We are on the campaign to eradicate the city of Calabar of all criminal hideouts and arrest those on our wanted list.
“We are also giving a shot at the immigration policy of the state because we have found out that some migrants are trooping into the state unaccounted for.
“We have to go to Bogobiri area because we have a strong relationship with them to strengthen this operation; we want all those coming into the state to be accounted for.
“Bogobiri area is known for drugs and other related offences and it is almost a capital for drugs in Calabar. We have to move in collaboration with the people to destroy the drugs spots,’’ he said, adding that the spots destroyed had been on the spotlight of security agencies in the state.
Esin advised landlords to always monitor activities of youths in uncompleted buildings around them, adding that any building used for drugs business would be demolished.