55 prostitutes arrested by security agents in Abuja after they have been given serious warning in the past.

55 prostitutes have been arrested by security agents in Abuja after they have been given serious warning in the past.

The Abuja prostitutes after they were arrested by security operatives
Policemen in Abuja have arrested about 55 commer­cial s*x workers in the federal capital. The FCT Minister, Malam Muham­mad Musa Bello alongsid operatives of the Social Development Secretariat (SDS) swooped on some flash points and joints re­cently and effected the ar­rest of the suspected com­mercial s*x workers.
A breakdown of those arrested shows that out of the 55, Benue State topped the list with 18, while Cross River came second with 13 followed by Nasarawa and Kaduna states which re­corded eight each.
It was gathered that the operation was as a result of ministerial directive to rel­evant agencies in the city management to purge the city of unwholesome ac­tivities.
Speaking to our corre­spondent on the develop­ment, the Acting Secretary of SDS, Mrs Adebola Eleg­bede decried the high rate of prostitution in Abuja, stressing that there is no wonder FCT is rated high­est in Nigeria with HIV/AIDs prevalence.
Elegbede who called on women of easy vir­tue to engage themselves in meaningful ventures also used the occasion to pledge the readiness of the FCT Administration to train repentant commer­cial s*x workers in various entrepreneurial skills.
She, however, warned that a mobile court has been set up to prosecute those who are not willing to change from their old habit, just as she called on the men folk to stop pa­tronising commercial s*x workers in their own inter­est.
According to her, “since we carried out a major de­molition in Apo and Arab area where teenage pros­titution was rampant, we have not embarked on any major operation; the Social Development Secretariat decided to focus on some major spots within the city centre. Our team, on a tip-off, embarked on this ma­jor operation between 1am and 5am in Mabushi, Gar­ki and Wuse 2. I can tell you that 55 of them were arrested in questionable and this ungodly hour. Tell me what a responsible girl will be doing between 1am and 5am in such locations? However, it is not our duty as a secretariat to pass judgment on them. We are handing them over to a mobile court for trials.”
Elegbede, however, ex­pressed regret that some residents under the guise of human rights activists are supporting the nefari­ous activities of commercial sex workers in the FCT.
One of the suspected commercial s*x workers who volunteered her name as Alice Ajon claimed that she was driven by the cur­rent economic reality to engage in prostitution, adding that she was a staff of one of the hospitality outlets in Abuja before her sudden retrenchment.
Another who refused to disclose her name claimed that she is a victim of circumstance, adding that she was stranded at one of the bus stops in Wuse 2 when the team accosted her.

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