A widow has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly luring secondary school pupils into a hotel for prostitution.
According to reports from the Command, Okonkwo was arrested after residents gave the police a tip-off that some teenage school girls were being taken to a hotel in the area called Sunderland Hotel, where they slept with men for money during school hours, when they were supposed to be attending classes.
It was gathered that Okonkwo who allegedly posed as nurse to deceive the girls, worked with a syndicate that usually went to the school to lure the victims out during school hours, with the girls reportedly changing from their school uniform to put on clothes provided by Okonkwo to gain easy access into the hotel.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspect, said police had intensified investigations into the matter.
“Detectives arrested her (Okonkwo), 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.”
But the suspect who claimed to be a mother of two, denied the allegations levelled against her, saying that she is based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and only comes into Lagos every now and then to work as a prostitute to raise money to fend for her children who are in secondary school.
“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 Sunderland Hotel in Surulere. When I was arrested by the police, I saw three girls, probably aged 10 or 12, who claimed I usually picked 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.”
So who do we believe now?