Kogi State Bureau of Land and Urban Development has shut down brothels in Lokoja.
The exercise is the implementation of Governor Yahaya Bello’s directive that all brothels and shanties be closed down to curb criminal activities in the state.
The Director General Bureau of Land and Urban Development, Nazil Ochi, who led his team to seal the notorious Central Brothel and others in Lokoja on Wednesday, warned operators not to dare the state government.
Ochi further warned that any brothel that re-opens will be demolished to serve as deterrent to others.
He advised operators of the illegal businesses in the state to switch to another legitimate ventures to avoid being arrested.
He stated further that those who claimed that there was no prior notice before shutting down are economical with truth, assuring that the exercise is continuous till the desired result is achieved.
In his remarks, the chairman, Lokoja local government, Dan-Asabe Mohammed, described the exercise as a welcome development and charged residents of the state to respect the law and heed the directives of the state government to do away with illegal businesses in the state.
He pointed out that the closure of central brothel in Lokoja will end incessant security breach in the state capital, adding that the brothels have been a source of hideout for hoodlums and cultists.
He assured that government will not relent in its effort to provide adequate security of life and property to the citizens of the state.