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President Bola Tinubu’s administration has said it will punish hoteliers in the country that allow lodging of teenagers and underage girls in their facilities.

Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Minister of Women Affairs announced this on Saturday at the ‘Unlock Training and Grants’ ceremony in Abuja.

She vowed that it would no longer be business as usual for hotel owners.

The minister warned that hoteliers, especially in the Federal Capital Territory, have been directed to mount a signpost outside their hotels warning prospective clients not to lodge any underage girls in their premises.

She also extended the riot acts to proprietors of schools across the country, warning that they should ensure no student is allowed to be bullied by either teachers or students.

Uju said, “Nigeria must be better. From 20th (June), we have directed hotels to put a sign outside from the Ministry of Women. No lodging of underage girls. (Otherwise) what happened in Niger State will be an understatement of what will happen in the FCT and I mean it.

“No more lodging of underage girls and no more bullying in schools.”

Speaking further, the minister said Nigerian government has started investigation into the shameful viral clip of 10 Nigerian teenagers who were rescued from neighbouring Ghana where they were trafficked for prostitution.

Recall that over 10 Nigerian teenage girls trafficked to Ghana for prostitution by a syndicate were rescued by Diaspora Organisation (NIDO).

The victims within the ages of 15, 16 and 18 mostly from Imo State were reportedly lured from Nigeria to Ghana.

The arrowhead of the trafficking ring according to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has been arrested by Ghanaian authorities.

In a viral video sighted by NewsBand showing the aftermath of the rescue, a NIDO representative said, “We just rescued all these ones from one single person, innocent Nigerian children that were brought here to do what they wouldn’t have wished do to. They are helpless. They picked them and send them to do prostitution and they would be collecting money from these innocent children.”

While expressing surprise over the situation, Dabiri-Erewa took to social media to urge the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to intervene

Meanwhile, Kennedy-Ohanenye has promised that the government would take decisive action on the matter next Monday.

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