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Insecurity: Enugu begins clampdown on high risk leisure premises

By Eneh Ejie

The Enugu State government has commenced a clampdown on high risk leisure premises within the state capital.

The operation started on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, shortly after the acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba inaugurated Operation Restore Peace, a special Police operational action plan for stabilization of security order in Southeast geopolitical zone, in Enugu, the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA), sealed ‘Spices’, a leisure joint along Rangers Avenue in the Independence Layout of the State capital.

Chairman of ECTDA, Dr. Josef Onoh, told journalists that the closure of the high risk leisure premises was sequel to the agency’s public notices of December 31, 2020 and May 16 2021 where the authority warned operators of nuisance hubs to abate their operation or face the wrath of the agency.

Onoh also stated that the sealed premises became a hub of prostitutes and constituted a high risk avenue, sandwiched in-between financial institutions and capable of habouring criminal elements in the prevailing insecurity situations in the south east.

He further directed all artisan business premises operating close to any police station in the state to vacate the areas and relocate their businesses to designated premises or markets.

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“We sealed the place because it has become so notorious that due to the insecurity and high level of criminal activities going on at this moment, it became necessary and in accordance with our earlier directives. Again, you know wherever there is high level of these women of shenanigans, there are always criminals.

“This is just an example of what to come if other operators high risk leisure premises refuse to abide by the code of conduct in business operations in Enugu. We are also sending strong warning and signals to other places of reckless packings and clusters of questionable characters to abate or face our sanction.

“The Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration has all the while maintained a peaceful coexistence in the state, but his meekness has been abused by some people who take his benevolence for granted and henceforth everybody would have to sit up”, Onoh said.

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