The Indigenous People of Biafra have pledged to combat the illegal substance methamphetamine, also known as Mkpuru Mmiri, among youths in the South-East.
Emma Powerful, the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The Biafra agitators described youth consumption of the drug, known as mkpurummiri in local vernacular, as an “ugly trend”. They encouraged people to watch where such narcotics were being marketed in their areas and report to nearby IPOB offices.
Those responsible for supplying the drugs, as well as the customers, “shall be dealt with decisively”, according to IPOB.
“Biafran youths are known for their enterprising spirit, entrepreneurship and diligence. IPOB will not allow evil men and unpatriotic elements to ruin or destroy the future of our youths with Mkpuru Mmiri.
“While we commend communities who have already risen to curb this evil, we solicit useful information about those behind the distribution of this illicit drug so we will teach them in the language they understand,” the IPOB spokesperson said.
Some communities in the South-East have recently declared war on the illicit substance’s dealers and customers.
A video circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook depicted several drug users and dealers bound and flogged as punishment. They were then forced to sign a commitment not to participate in the drug’s distribution or use.