Onitsha sex workers protest incessant killings in Anambra
By Phil Okose Onitsha
No fewer than 150 commercial sex workers operating Onitsha metropolis and its environs in Anambra state have declared their readiness to participate in a street protest over escalating security crisis and killing of security operatives in the state.
The sex workers made the declaration while reacting to the latest killing of three police men attached to the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo last Wednesday and the recent killing of Naval and police officers by yet to be identified gunmen in the state.
One of the commercial sex workers, Ije Nwa, who spoke on behalf of others told this paper that the security crisis was affecting their business. “The killings in parts of the state, especially that of security personnel is impacting negatively on us, that is why we have mobilised over 150 of our members to protest these attacks.
“We make more money from the security men than any other person, though politicians patronise us well, especially during election period. It is unfair to start killing our customers who protect lives and property”, she stressed.
Another commercial sex worker who identified herself as Ujunwa, added that the security crisis in the state was an ill wind that blows nobody good.
“It’s very bad that whenever we are about to conduct election in the state some people will be used as sacrificial lamb. Every time killing¡ killing Is it only in Anambra that people must die during election period? We will not take it any longer, we have resolve to protest this madness, let the gun men come and kill us too!.
“This protest must hold immediately after Easter celebration. We will come out in large number, up to 150 of us and those of us in Onitsha will lead the protest,” she vowed.
Another sex worker, called Mma, warned that, “we will protest to show our grievances against the killing of the security men. If we keep quiet it will mean that we are not sympathetic to our dead customers. Without them the hoodlums would attack us”