A total of 27 commercial sex workers have been arrested following raids by security personnel on brothels in Abuja.
Confirming the arrest to newsmen, Sani Amar, the Acting Director, Social Welfare Services of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Social Development Secretariat, said the arrest is part of efforts to safeguard the health of residents in the territory.
Amar, while acting on the directives of the FCT Minister, had led a team of security agencies and an evacuation squad of SDS to raid a brothel in the FCT. He said the FCT minister of state had directed the social development secretariat to sanitize the area thoroughly.
He said the arrested persons have been handed over to the police for prosecution as he reiterated the commitment of FCTA to ensure that rule of law propels in the city.
He cited the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria, the Immigration Act, and NAPTIP (National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons) Act which stipulates that operation of a brothel, street commercial sex work, child abuse, child labor, human trafficking are criminal activities.
“The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu and the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola and the acting Secretary Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Dr Kevin Ike, are committed to safeguarding the health and lives of the residents.
“The minister has declared war against operators of brothels in FCT and given us marching orders to ensure we rid the city of such illegal activities and business. This is a clear demonstration of the commitment of the minister of state to ensure that the rule of law propels in the FCT.
“COVID-19 pandemic is real and a commerce sex operator and their patronisers don’t have the luxury of time to check or ensure how healthy they are. Therefore, it is an avenue for easy spread of COVID-19 and it is the duty of the FCT Administration to safeguard the lives and health of residents” Amar said.