The chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Abdullahi Candido has condemned in strong terms the conversion of shops at the Nyanya market, Abuja into brothels, residential houses and schools.
According to Candido, the illegal practice had contributed to hawking along the road side, thereby making the market environment embarrassing and unhygienic.
Officials of the council discovered on Wednesday when it embarked on the evacuation of street traders at the market that several shops have been turned into residential houses, schools and “red light district” by women of easy virtue.
In a chat with DAILY POST, one of the resident commercial sex workers at the Nyanya market said the place was her only source of livelihood, especially now that the economic recession was biting really hard on the country.
“You know say the market no get gate, so e dey open 24/7, people dey stay for here from night till morning.
“I don dey do this business for this place; e don reach like two years now. As Naija hard so, na only dis place dey help us survive.
“Dem dey give us from one thousand to three thousand, but if business bad, we deny reduce am.
“If you come here in the night now, you go see plenty customers for here,” she revealed.
Meanwhile, security agents who entered one of the shops, bumped into a commercial sex worker and her supposed client. She, however, claimed that he was not a client, but her lover who came to visit her.
The security men, however, arrested three ladies and two men engaging in sexual activities in the shop turned into a brothel.