Mai Jajere said the problem has become a source of concern in his emirate because “women of easy virtues” had turned the Mafa market, which is situated many kilometres off Damaturu – Gashua road, into a beehive of illicit and immoral acts.
The emir told officials of the state ministry of religious affairs, while on a courtesy call to his palace in Babban Gida, that prostitutes do take advantage of the remote environment to perpetuate their trade.
Mai Jajere said hundreds of sex workers flooded the Mafa village on market days and then rented tents close to the market in order to perpetrate their illicit business with “men of easy virtues” who, according to him, besieged the market from neighbouring states and towns, paying stipends to have a fun.
“Instead of being a rallying point for normal selling of goods, the market is remarkably noted as a centre of adultery and fornication…it is very unfortunate”, the emir lamented.
He warned that until drastic measures were taken by government “the spread of HIV/AIDS in the area will be out of control”.
“I am afraid the new trend will promote moral decadence and serious health risks owing to the villagers’ ignorance of sexually transmitted diseases,” the emir added.
The state commissioner for religious affairs, Alhaji Dauda Gulani, assured that government would take all necessary measures to save the situation and salvage the people from the potential health and morale risks threatening the community.