The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 32-year-old woman, Chinoso Okonkwo, for allegedly using students of some secondary schools in the Ikate, Surulere area, as commercial sex workers, PUNCH reports.
Fatai Owoseni, the Commissioner of Police in the state who paraded the suspect said that investigations are ongoing.
“Detectives arrested her on Wednesday. Her mode of operation is to target some secondary schools in the area. She, together with her cohorts, would go to the schools and get the girls to a hotel. The hotel is located in Ikate, Surulere. She would change their clothes and use them as sex slaves.
She would keep the girls in the hotel until the school closing time and make them change back into their uniforms. Investigation is still ongoing, and we will extend it to the hotel and the schools which are involved. We want to see whether there is connivance between the suspect and the school authorities,” Owoseni added.
Speaking to PUNCH Metro, Okonkwo denied knowing any of the girls, adding that she is a commercial sex worker at the hotel.
“I am a widow with two children. They are both in a boarding school in Port Harcourt. I live in Port Harcourt, but I sometimes come to Lagos to sleep with men at the hotel. I came to Lagos to find a means of livelihood.
I use a Hotel in Surulere. When I was arrested by the police, I saw three girls, probably between ages 10 and 12, who claimed I usually pick them from school to the hotel.
I don’t know any of them. In fact, let the police visit the hotel for investigation. I have never seen them before. I meet men for sex and they give me money. I use the money to buy clothes and take them to Port Harcourt to sell. I have been in this job for a long time. I am a familiar face at the hotel. I do this for a living,” she said.