BY MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
IKEJA – In a renewed onslaught, the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Enforcement Unit, has arrested 52 suspected commercial sex workers.
The taskforce, acting on information, stormed Isaac John and Toyin streets in Ikeja, Wednesday night, where it arrested the suspects, whose ages ranged between 18 and 34 years.
The suspects were later taken to the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, to await prosecution.
Taskforce Chairman, Mr. Bayo Sulaiman, confirmed the arrest when contacted, saying that there had been complaints and public outcry of a surge of commercial sex workers in Isaac John and Toyin streets junction.
He said: “Isaac John is where we have the Government House and it is a criminal offence to engage in harlotry by the sides of the road. The people in the area have been crying over upsurge of prostitutes in their area and the gridlock by the night club.”
Sulaiman stated that a particular hotel (name withheld), and its night club had been causing traffic menace around Toyin Junction. He said the owner of the joints had been served notice to abate the nuisance in the area.
He said: “We have told the owner to dissuade from obstructing traffic in the area. We will not tolerate this anymore.”
Sulaiman warned that his men would extend the raid to Lagos Island, Ikoyi and Victoria Island where activities of women of easy virtues had been on the increase, while urging those still in the trade to stop as the wrath of the law would soon catch up with them as the exercise would be continuous.
He said: “The state government will no longer condone prostitution. These people are bad examples to the youths. We have taken their photographs and finger-prints individually and when we apprehend them the second time, the punishment will be grievous. We have arraigned several of them in court in the past and we had got conviction on some of them.