As part of efforts to curb vices and eliminate societal disturbances in his domain, the Shehu of Bama in Borno, Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, has declared commercial sex workers unwelcome in his area.
Mr. Abba Shehu-Umar, the Personal Secretary to the emir, in a statement issued on Monday in Maiduguri, said the traditional rulers made the declaration in a message on Sunday to mark the 2019 Eid-el-Maulud celebrations.
He said that the emir expressed displeasure at the increase in number of commercial sex workers in the area following clamp down on illegal brothels and commercial sex workers at Galadima Area of Maiduguri.
It will be recalled that the traditional ruler only recently in July, returned to his domain after it was previously overrun by Boko Haram fighters.
“You may recall that these girls caused serious criminality in the suburb of the state capital; they engaged in open prostitution, child trafficking, drug abuse and other forms of criminality in the metropolis.
“The state government constituted a high powered committee to address the nefarious activities, which led to the demolishing of several hotels, brothels and hideouts in Maiduguri.
“Now that the chances in the state capital is narrowing, they are exploring other safe heaven in the local government councils.
“The trend cannot be accepted; I have instructed Village and Ward Heads to be vigilant and proactive as such attitude will not be condoned,” the News Agency Of Nigeria quotes the El-Kanemi as saying in the statement.
The Emir further stated that all those found to be engaging in any form of criminality would be prosecuted while their premises demolished in accordance with the state government’s policy on such illegal structures in Maiduguri.