Borno Governor Babagana Zulum has directed that all illegal brothels and black spots in the state capital Maiduguri be demolished.
Zulum gave the directive when he visited ‘Bayan Quarters’, a settlement around railway staff quarters, known for habouring criminals, prostitutes, and illicit drug traders, among others.
The governor expressed worry over the rise in criminal activities associated with these illegal brothels and directed government agencies to dismantle them within 72 hours.
He said these activities not only threaten security of the state, but also perpetuate social vices that undermine the well-being of communities and the dignity of the individuals involved.
Zulum explained that while the settlement, which harbours criminals and minor girls in commercial sex activities will be demolished within 72 hours, the illegal brothels, however, have 12 hours to vacate.
“The government has been duly informed of the activities that are going on here, this settlement is completely illegal. People are killed here, this place serves as a breeding space for insurgents. Therefore, I have directed that everybody should vacate the place,” Zulum said.
Zulum also announced the revocation of the land titles where such criminal activities were perpetuated, which he said, was initially approved for use by the Nigerian Railway Corporation.
“I understand that this land was approved by the Borno State Government to be used by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), but unfortunately, it’s been rented out illegally with all forms of criminal activities taking place.
“For this reason, the government has revoked the earlier approval and henceforth, the land belongs to Borno State Government,” Zulum said.