Place underage girls in hotels, risk sanctions, FG warns horny men, hoteliers

The Federal Government of Nigeria has warned lecherous men and hoteliers against accommodating teenagers and underage girls in their hotels or risk being punished.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, stated this at the ‘Unlock Training and Grants’ ceremony in Abuja during the week.

The programme, organized by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education, Abiola Arogundade, saw 200 young entrepreneurs receive N100m.

The warning followed reports of students sleeping in hotels and engaging in sexual activity.

In January 2023, it was reported that some students at a secondary school in Lagos left school and lodged their female classmates in hotels for sexual romps.

The PUNCH had reported that the students, aged between 14 and 17, had on several occasions jumped the school’s fence with their female colleagues and had not gone to school for days.

Also, in April 2022, a video clip of a 15-year-old boy being accosted while trying to accommodate two girls and another man in a hotel room went viral on social media.

Kennedy-Ohanenye, however, stated that hoteliers, especially in the Federal Capital Territory, had been instructed to place a signpost outside their hotels warning potential customers not to host underage girls on their premises.

She also revealed that the riot act had been read to owners of schools across the country, warning them to ensure that no student was bullied by teachers or students.

The minister said: “Nigeria must be better. From June 20, we have instructed hotels to place a ‘No shelter for underage girls’ sign outside.

“No more shelter for underage girls, and no more bullying in schools.”

She added that the government had begun an investigation into the viral clip of ten Nigerian teenagers rescued from Ghana where they were trafficked for prostitution, promising that decisive action would be taken soon.

Three of the victims, aged between 15 and 16, were said to be from the same parents and were allegedly beaten, molested and forced into prostitution without pay.