Residents of Yenegoa, the Bayelsa state capital have raised alarm over the rising wave of robberies and burglaries by a criminal gang which uses a sleep inducing substance suspected to be Ketamine.
The criminal gang, it was learnt, before robbing their target blows the powdery substance into the homes to make them sleep off.
A victim of the criminal gang, who works with the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri said he was robbed of his valuables, including laptops, mobile phones and jewellery at the weekend.
“We noticed there was a residue of white powdered substance by the window. The window burglary proof was cut and the footprint of the hoodlums were noticed on the leather sofa by the window,” said the victim.
Ketamine is used mainly for starting and maintaining general anesthesia (induced coma).
The powder must have been blown into the house to make the victim fall into a deep sleep, reports Vanguard, citing a medical source.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command Alex Akhigbe, said though the report of such development had not been made known by victims, the command will investigate and ensure that the criminals are brought to book.