Ever heard of the Chinese World War 11 comfort women? Well, comfort women were a group of Chinese women in the occupied territories, forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War 11, just for the singular purpose of providing emotional support for soldiers.
Though Ekiti is not at war with anyone, neither is it an occupied
territory, but a group of criminally minded street urchins, popularly
known as area boys have created a colony in Atikankan area of Ado-Ekiti,
where they have been luring teenage girls, just for the purpose of
sexual pleasure after a heavy bout of cannabis sativa smoking.
This type of criminality, where under-aged girls are recruited to
give sexual pleasures to drug addicts is so novel in Ekiti, that it
almost escaped the radar of the law enforcement agencies, but thanks to
the vigilance of the Vigilante Group, what was hidden has been exposed.
Atikankan, a City’s dark spot
Atikankan in Ado-Ekiti, could easily be described as the most
notorious area in the state capital, it housed most of the criminal dens
and hideouts, where drug peddlers trade their wares openly with
reckless abandon, it is also an abode for commercial sex workers, most
of the brothels in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, are situated in
that particular area.
Once, it is dusk, Atikankan comes alive and trading of all sorts
begins. The population of these run-away teenage girls is swelling by
the day, and it is instructive to note that most of these girls are from
broken homes. They have found homes in the abode of drug addicts, who
use them as sex slaves in exchange for drugs and little cash.
Victims of abuse and stories: Tobi Gbadamosi is just
15-years-old, but the young girl’s ordeal in her short span of
existence far outweighs her age, she has experienced what many ladies in
their twenties, or thirties and forties have never seen in their lives:
she smokes marijuana, engage in wild sex and aborts pregnancies at
In her words, “ I have only aborted once, then I was fourteen. I had
gone to stay with a relative in a neighbouring town when I met a man who
eventually impregnated but bolted away thereafter. I returned home to
find out that the only option available to save my face was to abort the
baby and my mum helped me after she had found out the truth about it,”
How the girls were apprehended
A member of the Vigilante group who had led a vigilante operation to
the places where the girls were picked up, Mr. Babatunde Owoeye told
Vanguard that “we picked two of them in Atikankan area and the others in
Okeila. The parents of one of the girls named Tolu have been looking
for her for about two weeks.
‘’When we eventually got a tip-off about her whereabouts from her
friends around their house. We stormed the place in a notorious dark
spot in Ado-Ekiti, popularly known as Atikankan and we were able to
apprehend her. “ She had raised the alarm to alert some tough looking
young men in the place who rushed out carrying cutlasses to attack us.
But when they found out that we out-numbered them, they took to their
“We discovered that the girls are being camped in the hideouts, made
to have marathon sex with the wild young men there who also smoke
marijuana and initiate the girls into occult activities.
“Many of the girls had absconded home three weeks ago. A parent of
one of them had come to report that her daughter had ran away from home
to practice prostitution with street boys, and pleaded that we help look
for her,’’ the father said.
Confession: None of the girls who were scantily
dressed, deny any of the allegations levelled against them. In fact,
they not only corroborated the accusations but also added details.
The 16-year old told Vanguard that she had actually left home for
about 9 days before she was caught. Suliya said she had been asked to
hawk her mother’s wares when she absconded and teamed up with two other
friends to visit their boyfriends’ places.
“I had dropped the palm oil my mother asked me to hawk at my grand
mum’s place and followed my friends to visit the boys. I have a
boyfriend among the boys. We had stayed with the boys till around 7pm
that day and I reasoned that it was already too late so we passed the
night with the boys and had sex with them.
“ Since that first day, I was afraid to go back home, thinking that
my mother would beat me, so we began to stay with my friends’ in their
grandmother’s place. We would sleep there and in the morning, eat and go
to the boys’ place and be with them till late in the night and return
to the grand mother’s place.”
Tolulope, while relating her own story said, “We all have boyfriends
among the boys whose cult name is seven stars in Atikankan. Tolulope ,
16, stayed in Ogbando street before she abandoned home for the street
boys’ abode. Her mother had sent her on an errand which she was supposed
to return to in a couple of hours but which she never came home until
two days after.
Unhappy at her daughter’s attitude, the angry mother in a fit of
anger, sent her back to where she was coming from. To avoid her mother’s
rage, Tolu said she ran off to her grand mother’s place where she has
since been staying. “I also have a boy friend among the boys from where
the Vigilante group apprehended us. We would leave my grandmother’s
place every morning and resume at the boys place and be there, catching
fun till late in the night when we return to my grand mum’s place.”
What was their reward for the amorous service rendered to their
drug-addict boyfriends. While two of them said they don’t receive a dime
for giving emotional comfort to the boys, Tobi, one of the girls,
confessed that “ My boy friend buy clothes for me and other belongings
such as shoes and bras. He also feed me and sometimes give me about
N2500 to take care of myself.