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Some suspected internet fraudsters popularly called ‘yahoo boys’ and prostitutes in Abeokuta area of Ogun state have kicked against the banning of night clubs, restaurants and other social centres by the state government over the outbreak of coronavirus.
Some of the prostitutes who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES reporter lamented that the ban would affect their source of income.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the state government in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin said it has placed an immediate ban on all high-density gatherings that would bring together 50 or more persons in the same place.
PLATFORM TIMES further reports that the government in the statement listed places such as social clubs, halls, cinemas, night clubs, restaurants, cafes, and sport arenas as places that would be affected by the order.
The government explained that the measure will be in effect for the next 30 days so as to ensure the state contains the spread of the corona virus.
The statement reads partly, “this restriction has to be enforced without prejudice to people’s fundamental rights to association and movement, because safety of our people and their welfare are priorities that cannot be toyed with.
“The Government will continue to engage all the stakeholders, including our religious leaders and school owners to sensitise the populace on the need to maintain social distancing and collective effort to combat this pandemic.
“The Government will continue the surveillance initiatives and intensify sensitisation on COVID-19. This is more so given the peculiarity of its location as the Nation’s Gateway State and its industrial capital.
“Our epidemiologists and other health workers are working round the clock with Federal agencies and international development agencies to stop the spread of corona virus.
“In view of the recent confirmed cases in the country, Governor Abiodun reassures the populace that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that the state is prepared at all times to respond appropriately.”
Meanwhile, some of the suspected internet fraudsters in the state capital have described the ban as a way to cage them from enjoying their lives.
The suspected fraudsters who spoke exclusively with PLATFORM TIMES insisted that there is no coronavirus in Nigeria.
They accused the government of using the pandemic disease to extort the international organizations
They however urged the government to consider their fundamental human right in whatever action taken.
One of the fraudsters identified as Baddo said, “Why will the government ban night clubs and restaurants when that is where we enjoy ourselves.
“It is bad for them to restrict us from where to go to. Don’t we have right again in our country.
“From day one, we know coronavirus is a scam, our government is just looking for how they will make money from international organization like WHO, UNO, among others. “
When our Reporter visited some night clubs where some of the prostitutes operate in Abeokuta, it was observed that many of them are still going on with their daily businesses.
When our reporter asked if they are aware of the ban of night clubs and restaurants, the prostitutes described it as an order that cannot stand the test of time.
A prostitute simply identified as Tracy said the ban on places they patronise to get clients would affect how they make money.
She said, “why will government ban places like night clubs and restaurants which happened to be where we meet our client.
“This ban if effected would affect our business ooo and it may lead to another thing.
“Shey(sic) na club or restaurants corona dey ni (sic). Instead of the government to look for solution, they are banning and shutting down everywhere.”
Also a prostitute who pleaded anonymity told PLATFORM TIMES that she will go back to Mobile App created for their business.
She explained that if they don’t allow them to display what they sell at night clubs and restaurants, they would need to go back to app where they can do home delivery.
She said, “Although, this banning at this point is bad news, but that will not stop us from doing our own business.
“Thank God there is Mobile App where we can do home delivery, that is what I will be using now that they don’t want us to be at our usual place.”