Calabar - The Nigeria Police in Calabar on Tuesday raided Peace Garden Hotel popularly called `Flower Mill’ and arrested 54 alleged and 56 men who were said to have gone there to patronise them.
The operation was led by Jude Ngaji, the State Security Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River.
Addressing newsmen after the raid which lasted for about four hours, Ngaji said the hotel had turned into a brothel for commercial sex workers in Calabar.
He said the hotel had also been used in perpetrating criminal activities such as selling of drugs and a hideout for criminals.
"Given the tourism status of Cross River, Governor Ayade frowns at this despicable act where under-age girls are engaged in prostitution.
"He has, therefore, vowed to take drastic and decisive measure to stem the ugly trend.
"He has directed that the place be raided and shut down forthwith.
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"Consequently, the governor has warned that other persons or groups involved in this unwholesome practice should, in their own interest, desist henceforth, or face the wrath of the law," Ngaji said.
According to him, the Office of the State Security Adviser, in collaboration with security agents, are working to ensure that criminals and prostitutes are shown the way out of the state.
"In collaboration with the Office of the Area Commander in Calabar, we used 11 trucks in conveying the girls and men to the Command.
"Each time you pass here at night, you find under-age girls of about 13 years and 14 years standing by and waiting for men.
"This place has become a `Sodom and Gomorrah’ in Cross River and the raid was carried out to stop prostitution and criminality in the state.
"All the girls that were caught here are prostitutes and some of them were caught in a compromising position.
"There is no law that legalises prostitution in Nigeria. The girls will be tried in court and we will ensure that they are returned back to their respective states."
He advised teenage girls to take their studies seriously and engage in meaningful activities, rather than choosing the path of prostitution as a means of livelihood.