Zulum orders demolition of brothels, criminal dens at Bayan quarters

Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, Tuesday, ordered the demolition of illegal brothels and criminal dens notorious for prostitution, gangsterism and other illicit activities at Bayan (Gari) Quarters within 72 hours.

The governor gave the directive during a visit to ‘Bayan Quarters’, a settlement around railway staff quarters in Maiduguri.

The area harbours gangsters, criminals and minors for commercial sex.

The governor 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 social vices that undermine the well-being of communities and the dignity of individuals involved.

Zulum stated that while the settlement which harbours criminals and minors for commercial sex will be demolished in 72 hours, the illegal brothels have 12 hours to vacate the area.

“The government has been duly informed of the activities that are going on here. This settlement is 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 title 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 Borno state government to be used by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC). But unfortunately, it is 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.

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