by Isi Esene
Patronising commercial sex workers is becoming a risky venture in Lagos as 4 men and 5 women were yesterday arraigned on charges of prostitution, unlawful gathering, breach of peace and loitering before an Ojokoro Magistrates’ Court.
The women were suspected to be commercial sex workers while the men were arrested for patronizing them.
The arraigned suspects are: Emeka Chukwuma, 28; Paul Okon, 26; Fabian Sunday, 26; Shedrach John, 30 and Angel David, 27.
Others are: Destiny Moses, 30; Chinyere Mbadiwe, 27; Gift Okon, 29, and Edith David, 27.
All the defendants pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge.
Magistrate K.O. Ogundare granted each of them bail in the sum of N100, 000 and a surety each.
According to the police prosecutor, Inspector Clara Olagbaiye, the defendants committed the offences on November 4 at the Wisdon Bar Hotel, Ikotun/Igando road around 8:30p.m.
“The nine of them gathered unlawfully and conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace, “ she said.
She reportedly said that the women were loitering and soliciting for sex, while the men were some of their customers.
The court case has been adjourned till January 11.