A young lady in her twenties died in a brothel, popularly called De Love Hotel, located at No 3 Amidu Ilufunmi Street in Ejigbo area of Lagos, recently. The lady who was known by the name Favour was a commercial sex worker in the brothel. She was a native of Akwa Ibom State. She came from Akwa Ibom State some months ago to join her elder sister in the same business. It was reported that her elder sister has been in the illicit business for many years.
The story has it that the late Favour was in the lobby of the brothel with other commercial sex workers in the afternoon of the fateful day, watching television. She excused herself to go to the room to have a nap. At 3pm, one of her colleagues went to the room to ask her to come and watch an Indian movie because she was said to enjoy watching Indian movies. It was at that point that she discovered to her surprise that Favour had died.
A neighbour who narrated the story but did not want his name in print said the colleagues of late Favour quickly called a mini bus and carried the body to a church because they thought it was a spiritual attack, since she was hale and hearty. The corpse was later brought back to the brothel amidst confusion. They later took her to Isolo general hospital where the management of the hospital refused to allow them the services of the morgue for lack of proper documentations like death certificate and police report. They had to return the corpse to the brothel.
Another report has it that men of special anti-robbery squad (SARS) came to the scene and arrested the manager of the brothel and the elder sister of the deceased because at that point all other persons have vacated the premises for fear of being arrested.
At the time of filing in this report the brothel is under lock and key and all the commercial sex workers have left the hotel but still gather in small groups from a distance to know when the coast will be clear for them to probably resume job or move their luggage’s out of the premises.
De Love Hotel has been in operation for over ten years and the information shows that the owner of the brothel is a middle aged man from Edo State. He is said to be an astute businessman that charges the inmates as high as N1200 per week for a small poorly ventilated room, where they lodge to carry out their illicit business. The women on their part could charge as low as N500 especially when business was low. The landlord according to our report would not hesitate to seize the property of any inmate who defaults in payment.