Residents of Ranger Street are currently living in a state of unrest as a result of the illegal make-shift structures erected by some youths at the entrance of the street dealing in drugs.
According to a letter sent to Councillor Gibson, Chairman for Security Freetown City Council, the residents stated that, “these illegal structures have become a base for trading ‘diamba’ and all sorts of hard drugs,” opining further that, “all day, these unemployed youths would crowd around that entrance playing loud music and smoking ‘diamba’ disturbing school going children studying at night, and other residents in the area.”
In the letter they further signal out another base situated at No. 9 Ranger Street, where it is alleged that every evening after school, boys in school uniform would gather there to smoke thinking that they had another classroom there.
The letter also disclosed that just (Wednesday) a fight ensued among the unemployed youths at the junction wherein weapons were brandished and wounds inflicted on each other, which eventually resulted in an individual being taken to the hospital unconscious.
Consequently the letter states further, “we the residents of Ranger Street are fed up with these regular occurrences and we are very apprehensive (about) living in a violent environment.
They further stated that as tax payers they deserved the due protection of City Council and the Sierra Leone Police, and therefore demanded that those illegal structures be demolished and measures put in place to curb the illegal drug trade.