BY TARKAA DAVID
Residents of 21 Road, along Bakori Road Kubwa in Bwari area council have written a petition against Drake Lounge of the same location for public nuisance, insensitivity and insecurity of its inhabitants.
The petition signed by 14 residents of the area, on behalf of the entire community and made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, decried unpleasant and nefarious activities of the lounge.
The residents in the petition have accuse operators of the lounge of making life unbearable as a result of the noise emanating from the commercial building daily, from 5.00pm to 2.00 am.
They further alleged that the lounge is a hideout for criminals as characterised by frequent fighting, snatching of handsets and women handbags, in addition to smoking of marijuana.
The document noted that the safety of children and wards in the neighborhoods is no longer guaranteed, making the parents live in perpetual fear due to the rising trend of kidnapping, robbery and other crimes in the area.
“Our children and wards are no longer safe. Children are bound to copy adults. Therefore, the nefarious activities going on around our vicinity constitutes a great threat to their future.
Our children/wards can no longer do their school assignments at home as their reading attentions are impaired by the loud noise from the lounge.Our fundamental human right to a serene environment is been tampered with as we deserve good sleep after hectic school and workdays,” it stated.
The residents called on the relevant agencies to prevail on lounge operate under the common practice of a sound proof condition, just as they revealed that efforts by the community to resolve issues with the lounge operators proved abortive.
It explained that the seven man delegation of the community met with operator of the lounge, Mr. Emmanuel Otokpa on March 27,2017 at about 8.30 to 9.00 pm but he rejected the peace accord, stating the he acquired a commercial piece of land and has all the rights to operate without limitations.
However when contacted Mr. Otokpa said he has no case to answer to the community and vowed to pursue his case to any level, adding that he acquired the land for commercial purpose and the use has not changed.
The petition signed by Aminu Adefisayo, Barr. Isaku Adam, Sani Mohd Adamu, and Andrew Ogido, on behalf of other residents, was copied to the director general, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), the FCT minister, managing director, Federal Housing Authority, director, AEPB, director STDD, coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), zonal manager, Bwari area council and the area commander, Bwari area police command as well as the DPO, Kubwa Police Station.