The police in Lagos State have arrested a 32-year-old woman, Chinoso Okonkwo, for allegedly using some secondary schools girls in the Ikate, Surulere for harlotry .
Reports say Okonkwo was arrested on Wednesday after residents gave the police a tip-off that some teenage schoolgirls were being taken to a hotel in the area for sex during school hours.
It was gathered that Okonkwo allegedly worked with a syndicate which usually went to the school to lure the victims out during school hours.
The girls reportedly always removed their school uniforms and put on clothes provided by the syndi cate as Okonkwo allegedly posed as a nurse.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspect, said the police were still investigati ng the matter.
The CP said, “Detectives arrested her 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 ( Sunderland 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.”
Okonkwo, however, denied sa ying , “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.”
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