Saturday, 19 November 2011

Police and Prostitutes Clash in Nigeria

There was pandemonium on Tuesday night at a hotel located at 16 Balogun Street, Agege area of Lagos State, following a clash between policemen and prostitutes.

Daily Trust correspondent, who witnessed the incident, reports that the clash ensued as a result of the arrest of customers of the sex hawkers by the police. The policemen arrived the hotel in a 14-seater commercial bus with number plate Lagos XZ 561 LND. And on arrival, four of them went into the hotel, leaving one officer and the driver of the bus behind. After a while, those who went in were heard exchanging words with the prostitutes, who protested the arrest of their clients.

Our correspondent reports that despite the protest, the policemen forcefully dragged five persons from the hotel into the bus. But when the sixth person was brought out, he asked the police what his offence was, and none of them answered him. At that
point, the prostitutes started shouting ole, ole, ole (thief, thief, thief) at the policemen.

The prostitutes were however forced to shut up when one of the policemen threatened to shoot them if they continued with the insult. After the prostitutes calmed down, the policemen went into their bus and sped off the scene with the six arrested persons.

Attempt to get comments from any of the policemen was fruitless as none of them was ready to speak to anyone. But one of the prostitutes, who simply identified herself as Rose, alleged that policemen always come to the hotelto harass them and their customers.

“They will tell us that they have been asked to come and ‘raid’ us by their boss. And if we ask what our offence is, they won’t tell us. Sometimes, some of them will even force us to sleep with them before we can be released,” Rita said.

When contacted for comments on the issue, the spokesperson of the Lagos Police Command, DSP Samuel Jinadu said the matter would be investigated.

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