Commercial sex workers not on essential duties, FCTA warns

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has warned commercial sex workers operating in the territory to respect all the COVID-19 protocols, especially the 10p.m. to 4a.m. curfew, noting that they are not on the exemption list of workers on essential duties.

The Administration also warned operators of nightclubs, bars, and gardens across the city not to open for business until the COVID-19 restriction order is lifted.

Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task Force team on COVID-19 Restrictions, Ikharo Attah, handed down the warning at the weekend, when the team went round Kubwa, Gwarinpa, and Wuse to monitor the level of compliance by operators.

Addressing journalists after the operation, Attah noted that “the ban on nightclubs, parks, and bars is yet to be lifted, hence the need for us to sustain routine inspection and ensure compliance. We believe that if we relax too much, with the number of positive COVID-19 cases on the rise, it would not be good for the city.”

Attah, who expressed satisfaction with the high level of compliance by the nightclub operators, was however unhappy with the high number of suspected commercial sex workers around buildings housing the nightclubs at Kubwa.

He pointed out that “the presence of the ladies of the night is a violation of the curfew because they are not on the exemption list of essential workers.

“Their presence made us carry out full checks on some nightclubs which are truly closed. At moments like this, we expect them to stop the unholy trade in their own interest, because the men who may patronise them may be COVID-19 positive.”

Speaking on the shutting down of a bar at Wuse 2, the chairman said: “We got several calls that Reset Nightclub and Bar located at Lobito Crescent in Wuse 2 was fully operational.

“But when we got there we discovered that it wasn’t true. A bar operating in a plaza located opposite the nightclub, as we all found out this night, was the one operating and playing very loud music, which necessitated the calls and complaints we got from residents of the area.”

The team shut down the bar and confiscated some of its loudspeakers, which were handed over to officials from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB.

Attah explained that the team would be extending its checks on nightclubs to the suburbs while appealing to FCT residents to stay at home during the curfew periods and not endanger their lives.

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