A fight erupted on Monday between vegetable and Indian hemp sellers over an open space for business at Falluja Market in Jimeta-Yola, Adamawa State.
Investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola and Jimeta, the twin capital towns of Adamawa, reports confirmed that Indian hemp and other dangerous drugs is are now been displayed and sold openly like groundnuts.
Some areas where the illicit drugs activities have been taking place include Fallujah market, Lower Luggere , Dubeli- by-pass in Jimeta, while, Abattoir area, Lamido Cinema and Yola central market in Yola town are among the drugs prone areas.
It would be recalled that the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Yola in January 2014, revealed that over 1, 900 youths between the age bracket of 11- 35 years were reported to be involved in drugs abuse in the state.
Meanwhile, an eye witnesses, Mrs Chioma Nwabuze , a fish seller and Alhaji Haruna Mai -manja, a vegetable seller all at Fallujah market, said that the trouble started at around 8:30 am over a piece of open space for business , where two people fought for ownership.
Accordin to the witnesses, one Malam Isa Gembu , a tomato seller and Ishaku Gigs , who sell Indian hemp, both neighbors at Falluja market, started accusing each other over space encroachment.
According to them, “We thought it was a usual play as they used to and before close and open eyes, the scenario have change to heavy fighting. On citing the situation, the other Indian hemp sellers who were nearby, abandoned their sacks and started beating anyone found in the area.” They said that it was the intervention of market local security operatives that calmed the situation.
Narrating his ordeal, Malam Isa Gembu, said that he and other petty traders had to run and abandoned their goods for the safety of their dear life. “I and my colleagues had to run for our safety, because they (Indian hemp sellers) over powered us. We thanked God, nobody is injured, but we lost our property.” Gembu said.
He called on the state government to look into the matter and relocate the Indian hemp barons from the market for the safety of innocent people.
The market authority when contacted over the situation declined to make any comment.
Meanwhile, when contacted over the development, Alhaji Hassan Zungeru, Commander NDLEA , Adamawa Command, also said that the command was not aware about such incident.
Adamawa Police Command press briefing on January 6, 2014, identified drug as the major motivator of crimes in the state , where 993 suspects were arrested in connection with drugs abuse that led to various criminal activities.