5th July, 2011
The 28 suspected prostitutes arrested by the Lagos State Taskforce on Environment and Offences (Enforcement) Unit have been sent to Kirikiri Prison by the Special Offences Court sitting in Alausa, Ikeja in Lagos, South West Nigeria.
The suspected prostitutes were arrested by the taskforce at Adeola Hopewell in Victoria Island while on the street soliciting for high profile male customers.
The taskforce had swoop on them in the night unannounced and brought them to the taskforce headquarters at Alausa where they were detained and later arraigned at the special court. The presiding magistrate ordered that they be remanded in Kirikiri Prison pending further hearing of their case which comes up on Thursday
The suspected prostitutes had earlier pleaded not guilty to the offence they were being charged with.
When contacted, taskforce Chairman, Supol. Bayo Sulaiman, told P.M.NEWS that the suspected prostitutes had been constituting nuisance in the area and that residents of the area had been complaining bitterly about them.
â€œWe raided them because we want to make the environment friendly because they cause nuisance to the society.
â€œMoreover, there are children living in these areas and it is also a highbrow area too. This is not the first time we are embarking on this kind of raid; it is a continuous exercise,â€ he stated.
According to him, â€œif they want to prostitute, they should go to brothel and not expose their bodies outside the streets in these areas. Because Victoria Island is a highbrow area, we have lots of expatriates there.â€