22 underaged girls rescued from prostitution; hotel Manager, others arrested

Police officers attached to Ogun State Command have rescued 22 under aged girls from a hotel in the state, where they were being kept for prostitution.

The hotel manager and 10 other suspects were ar­rested in connection with the incident.

It was gathered that the incident happened on Friday, May 7, 2021.

The rescued teenage girls were said to have been lured way from Akwa Ibom State to Ogun State for prostitution.

However, in an operation coordinated by the Area Commander, Ota, Ogun State Police Command, ACP Muhideen Obe, the police team, on receiving credible intelligence that minors were being recruit­ed from other states and used as commercial sex workers at a hotel in Itele Ota, stormed the said hotel at about, where the 22 teenagers, aged between 10 and 14, were rescued.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Of­ficer (PPRO) in the state, who confirmed the incident, said that on interrogation, the girls narrated how they were lured from their re­spective villages in Akwa Ibom State to Ogun State, with the promise to em­ploy them as sales girls in restaurants and supermar­kets, only for them to get to Lagos and was transferred to a brothel in Ogun State as commercial sex workers.

“They narrated further that they were deprived of using phones or any com­munication devices, there­by making it impossible for them to reach out to their parents or relations.

“The Manager of the hotel, one Isaac Ogbaji, 33, and 10 other male suspects were also arrested during the operation,” Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said.

Meanwhile, the Com­missioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, had ordered that the Fami­ly Support Unit of the Area Command in Ota should take over the investigation, identify the recruiting car­tel and bring them to jus­tice as soon as possible.

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