by Adeniyi Abdul
Lagos State isn’t playing; not if you’re a prostitute, that is.
The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit on Wednesday night rounded up 52 commercial sex workers on Isaac John and Toyin Streets in Ikeja, after being informed that they were organising a special “ladies night”.
Chairman of the Task Force, Bayo Sulaiman revealed that the process of rounding up the ladies took about 3 hours. “We started moving round Toyin Street and later Isaac John Street to know where the prostitute usually stand to solicit for customers,” he said. “As soon as we were satisfied, we started arresting them. The exercise did not last for more than three hours.”
“Isaac John is where we have the Government House and it is a criminal offense to engage in harlotry by the sides of the road,” Sulaiman said. “The people in the area have been crying over the upsurge of prostitutes in the area and the traffic gridlock by the night club. We will not tolerate this anymore.”
“The state government will no longer condone this act of prostitution,” he continued. “These people are bad example to the youths. We have taken their photographs and finger prints individually; and when we apprehend them the second time, the punishment will be severe.”