On the night of August 1st, officials of the Lagos State Task force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit stormed Isaac John and Toyin Street in Ikeja, (Lagos, Southwest Nigeria) and arrested 52 suspected sex workers.
The raid was massive as several armed policemen carried out the onslaught. They were taken to the task force office in a Black Maria. Thirty-two of the sex workers were charged with “engaging in acts inimical to public good”, confirmed the Lagos State Special Offences Court. They were sentenced to four months imprisonment.
Task force Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman said, “Isaac John is where we have the Government House and it is a criminal offence to engage in harlotry by the sides of the road. The people in the area have been crying over the upsurge of prostitutes in the area and the traffic gridlock by the night club”.
Sulaiman warned that the task force would extend the raid on commercial sex hawkers to Lagos Island, Ikoyi and Victoria Island where their activities had been on the increase, while urging those still in the trade to stop it as the wrath of the law would soon catch up with them.