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Borno monarch goes tough on prostitution, asks sex workers to stay away from community

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The Shehu of Bama, Borno State, Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi has warned commercial sex workers to stay away from the area or face stiff penalties

The traditional ruler said the commercial sex workers are not welcome in his domain in order to eliminate vices and enhance peace in the area.

El-Kanemi made the declaration in a statement issued by his Personal Secretary, Mr. Abba Shehu-Umar, in Maiduguri on Monday.

The statement said the monarch expressed displeasure at the increase in the number of commercial sex workers in the area following a clampdown on illegal brothels and commercial sex workers at Galadima Area of Maiduguri, adding that there has been an increase in social vices in the emirate since the relocation of the ‘’ladies.”

The traditional ruler warned that his domain would not condone illicit activities and other forms of criminality allegedly perpetrated by the sex workers.

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“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 are narrowing, they are exploring another safe haven 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,” El-Kanemi was quoted as saying in the statement.

The emir said those found to engage in the acts or other forms of criminality would be prosecuted while their premises demolished in accordance with the state government’s policy on such illegal structures in Maiduguri.

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