Officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), raided a popular nightclub in Abuja, Caramelo, on Wednesday, and arrested 34 female nude dancers.
Acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Safiya Umar, said the preliminary investigation showed that they were from wealthy homes, adding that some of them were married and have children.
Addressing journalists on Thursday, the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Umar Shuaibu, said the FCTA Joint Task Team, stormed the premises of the night club.
“In response to security reports and complaints from the residents of area adjoining the location of Caramelo Night Club on plot 630 Cadastral zone B05 along T.O.S Benson Street within Utako District, the relevant authority deployed its officers to carry out surveillance in order to validate the complaints.
The outcome of the surveillance revealed that the complaints are genuine and real. Please note that the substance of these complaints include, noise nuisance from loud party music, nude/strip dancing club activities intractable traffic challenge, resulting from uncontrolled patronage to the commercial nightclub within the residential precinct,” he said.
Mr Shuaibu said the plot “under reference is zoned as Health Clinic on the Utako District Landuse Plan, and in line with this plan , the building plan approval granted was for the development of the health clinic”.
“Accordingly, the property was developed as a health clinic however, the use of the building has been changed to a commercial night club (Caramelo Night Club),” he said.
Mr Shuaibu noted the authority has repeatedly engaged with the operator of Caramelo and ‘other operators’ on the need to stop their operations but all to no avail.
Mrs Umar said the dancers have been taken to Wuse General Hospital for medical checkup, after which they would be taken to FCT rehabilitation centre in Lugbe, where they will stay for three months.