COVID-19: Sex workers not on essential duties, FCTA warns

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned sex workers operating in the area to respect all the COVID-19 protocols especially the 10 pm to 4 am curfew.

The warning was handed down by the Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Enforcement Taskforce team on COVID-19 Restrictions, Ikharo Attah.

Attah while speaking with newsmen lamented prevailing situation in which sex workers are acting in defiance of the COVID-19 protocols saying compliance among the group members was low.

.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 to 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 patronize 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 Enforcement officials from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB. The chairman explained that the team would be extending its checks on nightclubs in the suburbs while appealing to FCT residents to stay at home during the curfew periods and not endanger their lives.

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