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Published On: Mon, Mar 10th, 2014

Jigawa residents cry over proposed plan to build brothel

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From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse

Residents of Takur quarters in Dutse of Jigawa have decried a proposed plan by an individual to site a brothel in the area of the state. One of the aggrieved residents in Takur, Malam Abubakar Jigawa told

our reporter that they got wind that an individual who is not an indigene of the area bought a land and is proposing to build a brothel.

Mallam Abubakar said the issue has been widely discussed amongst the inhabitants of the area and it was resolved that the building of the brothel must be stopped as it portends danger to the community.

He also told Peoples Daily that they have made several attempts at discouraging the construction but the person remained bent on seeing to the execution of his plan.

Another resident of the area who smiply identified himself as Alhaji Yakubu said citing of the brothel is absolutely wrong as the plan would go contrary to the advantage of the residents of Takur which is a large residential hub of many workers that lives there with their families”.

Alhaji Yakubu also stated that, “after its completion it would be directly opposite a popular Private co-educated Secondary school in the area and that will definitely contravene the laws of the land that prohibits the construction of brothel within a residential area or close to a school”.

He said the community members have written a formal complaint letter to the Dutse Capital Development Authority (DCDA), which ordered the immediate stoppage of the building only for the workers to resume work on the site shortly.

When contacted, the ward head of the area said he has been notified of the imminent danger of the brothel to the community and has alerted the district head whom he said has also spoken to DCDA.

He said his hands are tight as he does not have the wherewithal to permit or stop such but can project the complaints of the people to the right authority concerned.

When contacted the DCDA Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Aminu told our reporter that the authority would not spare any person that violated the Dutse capital master plan as such structures would be demolished and the owner would be compelled to pay administrative disturbance charges.

He said even existing hotels and brothels already doing business at Takur would not be allowed to continue with their business adding that, “the Takur area is marked as a highbrow residential area and those that insist in putting up illegal structures are doing so at their own peril”.

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