to TheMail, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Akwa
Ibom State Command, on Thursday night raided popular Red Light District
in Uyo known as ‘Maitama’. Married women, women with boyfriends and
NYSC members were allegedly molested and bundled like resisting goats
into the waiting hilux vans
Men of the Nigerian
Police Force raided the entrance of the Ewet Housing Estate easily known
as Maitama, and the adjoining streets, arresting all female human
beings, including married women and female corps members who were
celebrating their POP from the NYSC.
Not less than 5 married
women who were hanging out with their husbands at different relaxation
spots along D-Line, Ewet Housing were allegedly molested and dragged
into waiting police Hilux Vans.
Most of the husbands to the women
who protested the molestation and subsequent arrest of their wives were
equally assaulted for daring to question the operatives of the NPF.
most of the female corps members who celebrated their passing out from
the National Youth Service Corps at different locations in Ewet Housing,
particularly Maitama were unlucky as they packed into waiting police
Other females who were either hanging out alone or with their male companions were also arrested.
The Police men stormed the area in a commando-style with not less than 7 trucks.
was learned that the order for the raid was issued by the Commissioner
of Police, Murtala Mani. It is understood that the aim was to arrest
prostitutes at the red light district but his men didn’t do proper
identification, instead going on a wanton arrest of innocent and
The security agents also raided some hotels/motels in Ewet Housing Estate, arresting female guests.
Newspaper correspondent who was at the scene of the incident reports
that those arrested were taken to the Force’s State Headquarters in Ikot
Speaking to TheMail, Special Assistant to the
Governor on Ethical, Attitudinal and Social Reorientation, Mr. Ime
Bishop Umoh popularly known as Okon Lagos said the police have the right
to raid any where they find suspicious, stating that it is actually
unfortunate if there was any form of police brutality during the raid.