By Bukar Bolori
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday directed the demolition of all illegal brothels and criminal dens in the state that are notorious for prostitution, gangsterism and other illicit activities within 72 hours.
Zulum gave the directive during a visit to ‘Bayan Quarters’, in Maiduguri notorious for housing many of such notorious quarters.
Most of houses were formerly railway staff quarters in Maiduguri, in the glorious days of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, the area now harbours gangsters, criminal activities and minors for commercial sex activities.
The governor, during the visit, expressed concern over the rise in criminal activities associated with these illegal brothels and criminal dens, including prostitution, drug peddling, and other illicit operations.
He noted that these activities not only pose a threat to the 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 for commercial sex activities will be demolished in 72 hours, the illegal brothels, however, have 12 hours to vacate.
He said: “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 also announced the revocation of the land title where such criminal activities were perpetuated, which he said was initially approved for use by the Nigerian Railway Corporation.
He said: “I understand that this land was approved by 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.”