ABUJA – NIGERIA’S Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is cracking down on commercial sex workers as part of a campaign to address the social menaces and degradation of the capital Abuja.
The Joint Task Team for the Cleansing of Abuja City has arrested 89 sex workers in the central business district since last Tuesday.
The women have been handed over to the Social Development Secretariat for rehabilitation to enable them reform and learn useful skills, said Muhammad Hazat Sule, spokesperson of the FCT.
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, constituted the task team last week following government concern Abuja was too dirty to be called a capital city.
The task team’s mandate is to deal with traffic problems, environmental nuisances and any social vices within the region.
Sule disclosed during the period under review, the task team also impounded over 200 vehicles.
Some 104 Keke Napep (tricycles) were also impounded and riders prosecuted at the Mobile Courts during the same period.
Sule further disclosed that during the first week operation of the task team, eight okadas (commercial motorcycles) were impounded.
“More attention will be given to impounding okadas and arresting their operators in the subsequent weeks.”
Sule however, urged residents not to patronize the unmetered taxis and commercial sex workers.
“Their existence have security implications.”
The senate committee on FCT recently described Abuja as the world’s dirtiest capital city.
At the 2006 census, Abuja had a population of 776 000 making it one of the ten most populous cities in Nigeria.
– CAJ News