Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit and the police from Ikoyi Police Station, today stormed Azazi’s abandoned house at Number 5 Club Road, Ikoyi and arrested the women and the men. The arrest is part of the Lagos State Government’s clean up exercise in Ikoyi and Victoria Island which have been overtaken by illegal and abandoned structures.
One of the suspected prostitute named Patience Ajoke, said prior to their arrest, nobody had come there to warn them against using the home of the late military chief.
“I don’t know anything happening in the compound until Saturday when they came to arrest us by police from Ikoyi Police Station, they released us to come back and pack our things, when we were inside to pack our loads, they came back and arrested us again. Nobody has come to warn us to stay away from there,” said Patience Ajoke, one of the suspected prostitutes.
20 year old Mary Augustine from Benue state said contrary to claims by the task force officers, she is a cleaner and not a prostitute.
Chairman of the Lagos task force unit, Yinka Egbeyemi refuted claims by the women that they weren’t prostitutes.
“We have been there once with the DPO of Ikoyi Police Station. They sell ‘paranga’ aka alcohol in that place. During the clean up exercise, we were asked to move there again. We saw policemen and military men there and all sort of human beings. They are doing prostitution business there. We are going to charge them to court’ he said.