The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said that commercial sex workers operating in Abuja during curfew would be arrested.
Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Enforcement Taskforce team on COVID-19 Restrictions, Ikharo Attah, said this while speaking to reporters on Saturday.
Attah urged the sex workers to respect all the COVID-19 protocols put in place to prevent the spread of the virus, noting that they are essential workers on any essential duties.
He also warned operators of nightclubs, bars, and gardens in Abuja not to open for business until the COVID-19 restriction order is lifted.
He said: “The ban on nightclubs, parks, and bars is yet to be lifted hence the need for us to sustain routine inspection and ensure compliance. We believe that if we relax too much, with the number of positive Covid-19 cases on the rise it would not be good for the city.
“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.”