A woman identified as Chinonso Okolokwo has been paraded alongside some criminals by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly recruiting young schoolgirls as commercial sex workers in a hotel in Surulere during school hours
The suspect who is a widow has maintained her innocence on the charge leveled against her claiming she is also a commercial sex worker at the said hotel.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, while briefing newsmen, revealed that the suspect’s method was to lure the students from different secondary schools around Surulere to the hotel.
The CP added that the woman would give the students clothes to change into and use them as sex slaves until school closing hours. Some of the students, as gathered, went home with between N1,000 and N2,000, depending on the number of men they attended to. But the amount, it was learned, was just 10 percent of what was paid by their male customers, while the rest was allegedly pocketed by their managers, among who is the Okolokwo
The suspect in an interview with Vanguard Newspaper said: “I do not know anything about the schoolgirls. I am also a ‘hustler’ at Sunderland Hotel. I took to prostitution after the death of my husband 11 years ago. I have four children, but two died before my husband.
“I lodged at the hotel for a week or two before going home to take care of my children with the proceeds. Several girls from Abuja and other parts of the country come there to hustle as well.
“Police raided the hotel and arrested me. I am not connected with what they alleged.”
The Commissioner of Police said investigation was still ongoing to ascertain whether there was connivance between management of the hotel, the school authorities, the suspect and her fleeing cohorts.