The Head of the Police Complaint Unit, DCP Abayomi Shogunle, has justified the raid that led to the prosecution of 27 sex workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The sex workers were convicted of prostitution and sentenced to one month in prison with an option of N3,000 fine each.
Their lawyer, Jennifer Ogbogu, said, “The ladies were arraigned before the mobile court for prostitution and were each sentenced to three months in jail with an option of N3,000 fine.
“We have just paid the fine and all of them have been released from custody.”
However, the arrest and arraignment of the workers attracted condemnation from some Nigerians.
Reacting to the uproar generated, Shogunle took to his Twitter handle to justify the arrest and arraignment.
According to Shogunle, prostitution is a crime under the law and is equally frowned upon by the two major religions in the FCT.
He further disclosed that prostitutes usually aided violent criminals and also do not pay tax.
Those making noise on the clampdown on prostitutes in #Abuja;
•Prostitution is a crime under the law
•P is a sin under the 2 main religions of FCT residents
•Medicine says P is spreading HIV & STD
•P is lifeline of violent criminals
•P don’t pay tax
•🇳🇬 culture frowns at P.
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) April 30, 2019