The FCT ministerial task force on the ban on street prostitution in the Federal Capital City yesterday saved an alleged commercial sex worker, Aisha Isah, from a suspected ritualist who tried to cut her up with a knife.
The task force which comprised officials of the FCT Social Development Secretariat, officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, and armed policemen arrested the man, who identified himself as Biodun, beside the entrance of the popular Blake Excellence Resort at Garki II district of the capital city.
The girl, who was weeping uncontrollably by this time, had blood flowing from underneath her skirt, just as she had some deep incisions from the knife all over her body. They assailant and his victim were taken to the Garki police station.
In the raid that continued and lasted until at about 4:13 am yesterday, about 106 prostitutes were arrested at different spots within the city.
The exercise, according to the FCT authorities, was an all out war against the ladies of easy virtue who appear relentless in their quest to continue with the illicit act.
He argued that they were wrongfully arrested while standing at the entrance of the Hotel (Transcorp Hilton).
The major areas raided by the team were Gwarimpa Housing Estate which has become a safe haven for the women of easy virtue since they were being arrested in other areas of the Federal Capital City, Ibiza night Club by Portharcourt Crescent, Area 11, Rita Lori Hotel, Wuse II along Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent and Zone 4 by Sheraton junction amongst other places.
It was realized that most of the ladies arrested had already been arrested in similar raids since the enforcement of the ban began and had been arraigned before the AEPB mobile court where they were granted pardon as first offenders. Most of those arrested were from Edo, Cross River and Kano state.
Secretary of FCT Social Development Secretariat, Mrs. Blessing Onuh who was represented by the assistant director, social welfare department in the secretariat, Mrs. Folashade Aiyeleka advised the arrested prostitutes to learn from the story of Aisha and desist from the illicit act as it was dehumanizing.