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Confession of nude dancers:How we were arrested and sexually abused

Source: nigeriafilms.com

For some strip dancers and the operators of the club where they perform in Lagos, November 3, 2009 was a day of reckoning. It was a day the bubble burst while the sexual display madness for which the joints were notorious was going on.

That fateful Friday night, officials of the Lagos State Environmental Task Force and Special Offences Units raided four seedy joints and arrested 33 nude dancers and two managers. The clubs were also put under lock and key for constituting social nuisance and operating without approval from constituted authorities.

According to Mr. Bayo Suleiman, a superintendent of police attached to the task force, “it is true that we busted four clubs and sealed them off because of public outcry. There is no regulation and permission for their business and it is immoral. The clubs also serve as criminal hideouts.”
The affected clubs are located at the Allen/Opebi axis of Ikeja. They are Mega City (formerly known as Ocean Blue), Club Unique, Cazzbah and Wall Street Club and Pub.

Indeed, it was supposed to be a night like any other, a night to service the dark appetite and or damaging habits of wild fun seekers, who paid N2, 000 to gain entry. The business of the day had begun on schedule. Guests were slipping in to “relax” and unwind with some of sexiest go-go dancers in town, as one of the club's handbills proclaimed, when the task force men came calling. Unlike the past visits when the law enforcement officers came to “see” the managers of the nude clubs or to catch some fun themselves, their mission was different that night.

It was gathered that some of the girls were actually caught pants down. Having drunk a cocktail of booze, cannabis or cocaine, as usual, some of the girls were on stage serenading the men as they did the erotic dances, pulling off their scanty clothing in bits. Some, naked as Eve, were engaged in lap dance with patrons, who stole quick caresses. Yet, other girls waited for their turns to perform behind the stage.
In fact, the spectacle of the strippers arrested by the task force men was stomach-churning. The scene was despicable, even sickening. A hoard of ladies in various stages of nudity.

Saturday Sun gathered that the arrested strippers were detained for eight days before being granted bail by a Lagos State Mobile Court. According to Mr. Tayo Ashagba, Public Relations Officer of the Task Force, “their managers will produce them whenever they are wanted in court.”
However, the officials of the task force, who were sent to rescue the not only exceeded their mandate but also added their personal programme.

They allegedly sexually abused the strippers and made away with their personal belongings, including cash, handsets, and jewellery. Some of the girls claimed that they were raped.
Narrating their ordeal in the hands of the law enforcement agents, some of the strippers said the rampaging officials took them in turns to satisfy their sexual appetite.

One of the nude dancers, who claimed to be a student, said: “They said that what we were doing was bad but what they did to us was worse. When the task force people came to arrest us, some of them behaved like animals and they treated us as if we are not human beings. They were squeezing our buttocks and breasts and fingering us (inserting their fingers into their private parts). Then they raped some of us.”
Asked if she was eventually raped, Betty, as she introduced herself, said she was not. She, however, added that her handset and money were stolen.

Hear her: “They took my Samsung E4900 handset and N1, 800 inside my hand bag. They squeezed my buttocks and breasts, but I was not raped. I was just lucky. Some other girls were not.”
Another victim, who gave her name as Detra, said she was raped at the Courtyard of Wall Street, the nude club she operates.

Detra said: “One of the men pulled me into a corner and raped me. He first told me that she would set me free if I agreed. Later he said that if I did not agree he would still have his way and arrest me. He pulled me to a corner and told me to bend down, while he did the doggie style with me. After he had his way, he reneged in his promise to set me free.”

Recalling the events of the night, another stripper, Evelyn, said: “When they came that night, I did not know that they would take us away. We thought that they came to be settled, as usual. You know, some officers normally come, from time to time, to see the manager. Usually, after seeing the manager, the manager will divert some of us to meet the officers.

At such times, we sleep with them. But that night, there was commotion because of the way they entered; they were shouting and rough handling us. They stole a powerful phone given to me by my guy, who returned from the United States not long ago.

“In fact, they searched my hand bag and took my wristwatch, necklace and N4, 000. I did not even see my make-up kit. I don't know what they want to do with that.”
Asked if she was raped, the dark complexioned Warri girl, with full breasts, declared: “I no fit talk again; the one wey I don talk don do. Leave me alone.”

Sources told us that the task force men had a field day sleeping with the girls while they were in detention. Said the source: “After the girls were arrested, the officials took turns to rape them. They promised to assist some of the girls to escape prosecution but they never did. The task force people had a hell of time with the girls.”

Meanwhile, the nude clubs have gone back to business, with the girls doing their strip shows. The girls said that their arrest would not stop them from engaging in the trade that provides their daily bread. Also, many other clubs are springing up, especially in Ikeja and Apapa areas of Lagos.

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