*PROSTITUTION IS NOT A CRIME IN ALL PARTS OF NIGERIA AND POLICE CANNOT ARREST PROSTITUTES.*
DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 324A) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)
A crime or an offence is never created by morals but by law. So, an act can be a SIN but not a crime and you cannot arrest any person for committing SIN in any part of Nigeria.
There is no Federal/National law against PROSTITUTION in Nigeria. Although, owing to Sharia Law in Northern states in Nigeria, prostitution is prohibited. In all the Western, Eastern and Southern states in Nigeria, prostitution is not a crime. Hence, police or security agencies CANNOT arrest prostitutes in such states.
Note that owning/running a brothel, being a pimp, trafficking persons for prostitution, use of children as sex slaves and other similar acts are criminal in all parts of Nigeria.
My authorities are sections 223, 224 and 225 of the Criminal Code, section 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Trafficking In Person (Prohibition), Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015 and sections 30 of the Child’s Right Act, 2003.
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