32-year-old Chinonso Okonkwo was arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday for allegedly luring some Secondary school students into working as sex slaves.
The mother of 2 who was said to lure pre-teens and teenagers from some secondary schools in the Ikate, Surulere area was picked up on a tip-off to the police that some teenage girls had been herded into the Sunderland Hotel during school hours to engage in sex.
According to Punch, Okonkwo who confessed to being a commercial sex worker to augment her Port Harcourt trading business, allegedly poses as a nurse to deceive girls, and is believed to work with an organised syndicate notorious for luring minors out during school hours.
The suspect however denied the allegations in an interview claiming she had never seen the girls she was accused of taking to the hotel.
“I am a widow with two children. They are both in a boarding school in Port Harcourt. I live in Port Harcourt, but I sometimes come to Lagos to sleep with men at the hotel. I came to Lagos to find a means of livelihood.
“I use Sunderland Hotel in Surulere. When I was arrested by the police, I saw three girls, probably aged 10 or 12, who claimed I usually picked them from school to the hotel.
“I don’t know any of them. In fact, let the police visit the hotel for investigation. I have never seen them before. I meet men for sex and they give me money. I use the money to buy clothes and take them to Port Harcourt to sell. I have been in this job for a long time. I am a familiar face at the hotel. I do this for a living.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, noted that investigation was ongoing on the matter while parading the suspect.
“Detectives arrested her on Wednesday. Her mode of operation is to target some secondary schools in the area. She, together with her cohorts, would go to the schools and get the girls to a hotel. The hotel is located in Ikate, Surulere. She would change their clothes and use them as sex slaves.
“She would keep the girls in the hotel until the school closing time and make them change back into their uniforms. Investigation is still ongoing, and we will extend it to the hotel and the schools which are involved. We want to see whether there is connivance between the suspect and the school authorities,” he said.