The Lagos State Government has shut four strip night clubs on Opebi/Allen area of Ikeja, Lagos, arresting 33 strip dancers in the process.
The ladies have however been released on bail according to Chairman, Task Force on Environmental and Spacial Offences Monitoring Unit, Mr Bayo Suleiman, whose office effected the raid and arrest. He said they have been charged to court.
Justifying his office’s action of arresting the ladies, Suleiman, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said the strip clubs were unregistered and unregulated. Aside that, he added that it constituted a social nuisance in the state, adding that the arrest was also necessitated following public outcry.
On whether it was the right of the Task Force to effect such arrest, he asked, “ who is supposed to carry out such action? Is it the regular police or any other government security agency? As our name implies, Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences, this is part of the special offences and it behoves on us to sanitise the state”, adding that hoodlums also use the clubs as haven for perpetrating their nefarious activities.
Two managers were also arrested. The affected clubs include-Club Unique, formerly known as Number 10 Bar, Wall street , Cazzbah and Magic City, formerly known as Ocean Blue.
Meanwhile human rights lawyers and the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie have reacted to the action of the ladies and their arrest by the security operatives. They all described the action as public immorality.
According to Bamidele Aturu and Wahab Shitu, the ladies’ action parading nude in the clubs “constitute societal nuisance and public corruption.”
Mr Aturu, a lawyer and social crusader said, “under the criminal procedure laws, the police have an unfettered rights to arrest the ladies, if their actions and attitudes constituted public disturbance which can lead to public disorder and disaffection. If their dressing, action or inaction can lead to public crisis or translate into public immorality, the police can effect their arrest.
“However, they (the ladeis) also have rights to implement their fundamental human rights to fair hearing against any offences preferred against them by the authiority.”
“Corruption in Latin words means a breakdown of a system. If there is a breakdown in the system as a result of their action, they have committed an offence. So, by their action they are guilty of social corruption, since the law enforcement agents found out that their action constitutes a breakdown in the system, a break down of moral, social and societal values. Their action symbolizes the break down in the moral and societal values.”
The Archbishop in his view expressed grave concern about the night clubs activities in Lagos state. He stressed that young girls stripped themselves naked for men to watch or have sex with them on stage for a fee of between N15,000 and N20,000.
“Look at our youths today, our children, nudity is their style. There was a time the Lagos State Government closed one club down, now it has reopened with a new name.
“They are charging between N10,000 and N20,000 just because of nakedness. The ages of the ladies parading themselves there range from 18 to 25 years. And you have these stupid men who call themselves fathers of their families going there to sleep with them, destroying them the more.”
Source: Vanguard NGR