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#CovikRomance: How porn sites helping lockdown Abuja men

Kath (not real name) comes out to the gate with skippy dress, dialing her expected August visitor’s number.
“Are you the one in that red car?
“Yes,” is the answer at the other end.
“Ok, I am the one waving at you, drive a little bit forward.”
As the supposed visitor walks alongside her, without bra on but transparent piece of shirt to cover her, while exposing the waist beads of different colours, she smiles and looks back, saying, “I hope you didn’t find this place hard to locate. This is where we do ‘covik sex’ now.”
There’s a return smile and immediately both strike some friendly conversation, as Kath receives a box of chocolates.
“Can we sit down over here a little? Let’s get friendly after all we can as well have covik friendship,” as he holds her by the hand.
“You are very romantic,” she says as she sits smiling broadly. “It means you love me. Is it love at first sight because this is the first time somebody visiting me for covik sex would bring gift for me. Not even before this covik problem,” she says with ever increasing eagerness to what lies ahead.
Call girls have become rampant for sometimes in Abuja with the increasing reach of social media. It has though increased with the current lockdown.
 Their counterparts who stand in poorly lit corners across Abuja have retreated to hotels and guest houses where they advertise their contacts on social media.
And Kath was no different. The journey to find out how this members of the society who largely claim they are unemployed began with browsing through some of these porn sites. Kath had her racy photos displayed with her bio reading, “Just for hook up, no long story.”
And when she was messaged, “Are you disposed to hook up now,” the eagerness to have some squids was apparent and she dropped her telephone line and location.
As the two sit, the conversation hit the right spot and she begins to munch the chocolate, explaining how difficult it has been to get people this period.
“You know this covik stuff, one has to be careful and creative. I am a graduate. I graduated three years ago and after service, no job, I started this. I served in Abuja and this hustling started while I was doing my NYSC.”
Kath speaks well and appears a little shifty. She barely holds her position and never contests when contradicted.
As she begins to explains her recent ordeal in getting some cash, it was clear just like many other sources of income in the country, legitimate and illegitimate, prostitution has received its fair share.
“We were chased from one place in Wuse 2 and I got this place in Zone 4,” she says munching away chocolate.
“One has got to feed. It is challenging. I had to look for a way to register myself, display my picture on social media and people began to contact me. Just as I told you straight up, I don’t engage in long talk. If you like me you come down.
“My Mom, oh poor mom is in Benin (Edo State). She suffered to train me and my two other siblings are my responsibilities now. Let my mommy rest. I will do anything to make her happy.
“All of us, we use social media now. Facebook, Instragram, twoo, name it, these help us to get people easily. Also, some real porn sites, wow, interesting!”
Asked who are those who still have confidence at this time of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, she says, security personnel especially.
“Our security personnel are our number one customer now. One good thing about them is that, they give you enough money because…, I think they collect allowances and make money from people now. So unlike before, they call us anytime in the night and do a quickie, that’s short term.”
‘Short term’ or ‘quickie’ as she explains means “after one round of sexual intercourse, the person leaves.
“Those quickies are preferable this time because everyone is scared. One can be lucky to get as many as five a night. If you get N10,000 from them or not less than N7,000 then you have something to pay for hotel bill and eat and then have something to hold on to.
“Apart from security men, other people too come. Some of them have sent their wives away while some don’t have their wives here. You know Abuja is a migrant city so a lot of married men come here for business, contract and many things. This lockdown has made them desire the ‘thing’ more than anything else. ‘Bodi no be firewood nah’ (human body is not firewood, a local way of saying human body needs rest and some incitements, which in this case implies sexual intercourse)
“Do you fear of coronavirus? Does it occurs to you that you could contract it?
“Holy ghost fire! Why you ‘dey ask me that kind question? ( why are you asking me that kind of question). Do I look stupid to to you? ‘O boi, come dey carry yourself away from here oh. Wetin dey do you self abi na this cheap chocolates you bring come for me? You better leave here now. What’s wrong with you?Or is this because of this cheap chocolates you brought for me?)
At that point the conversation almost hit the rock but after a little explanation, she calms down saying, “I read a lot about this ‘coro thing’ (coronavirus problem), I don’t really understand. What is the cause and how come everybody is afraid?
After listening to the cause, origin, transmission and the reason why there’s a lockdown and how it’s being handled, she is appreciative of the explanation and tenders unreserved apology.
“Be like say you sabi book? Or you be doctor? How you come take understand this coro thing like this? (It’s like you are intelligent. Or are you a medical doctor? How did you understand the issue of coronavirus?)
Then she says, “I speak with my mom everyday,” as she becomes emotional with tears streaming down her cheeks. “My mom prays for me everyday. I wanted to return home to Benin but I didn’t get a clear picture. I thought it was not going to be like this. People come here and they don’t even talk about it like you do.
“I like you. You are a nice person. Sorry for shouting at you. I appreciate you.”
Then she pauses and asks, “Are you married? Answer me, do you have a wife?
“Yes of course I do,” as she smiles.
“Your wife would enjoy you. You are a lucky guy.
“But wait first, let me ask you: what work do you do?”
After being told she is talking with a journalist investigating how young girls who stand on the streets are doing at this time, she says, “What?! So I have been talking to a journalist. You are very good my guy. See as you opened me up I come dey leak my mouth to you! (See as you made me to open up – talk to you freely).
“Marry me, make me your second wife.”
With that joke, the reporter beamed a smile and said bye to her but not without parting with some stipends which she held up to her chest looking up in thanks to God.
As Kath, fair in complexion, cheerful but quick to anger explained, the lockdown has forced the use of the social media such that anyone can easily be approached  by these young girls who used to stand on the streets for pick ups.
In her hotel, other young girls scantily dressed chat themselves away, some walking in with their ‘customers’ or ‘guests’ while others stare at every male visitor to the place. Some could be so determined to ask if one was coming for them in their bid to have you instead of where you were headed.
When Daily Mail visited the Wuse Zone 3 Police Station, one of the officers on duty that evening said there was no senior officer on duty to speak with.
Refusing to have his name mentioned, he said, “the OC in charge that would have spoken to you has gone out for patrol, special patrol. He was here a while ago but revived call for attention. Sorry I can’t help you.”
Joe Udam (Abuja) contributed to this story. James Daniel edited the story.

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