40 Suspected gays arraigned in Lagos

2017-08-04
NEW Telegraph Newspaper


Lagos State government yesterday arraigned 40 males – 28 adults and 12 minors – before a Lagos Magistrates’ Court for allegedly engaging in homosexuality. The minors were arraigned before Ebute- Metta Magistrates’ Court, while the adults were arraigned before Yaba Magistrates’ Court. The defendants were arraigned separately on a one-count charge.

The Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, said in a statement yesterday that they were all arrested last Saturday by policemen at Owode Onirin area. Oyekanmi said the defendants were caught in the act of homosexuality at Vintage Hotel in the area. According to the criminal charge, the defendants were said to have “On or about 29th July, 2017, at Vintage Hotel, No. 999, Ikorodu Road/ Toyin Close, Weigh Bridge, Owode Onirin, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did engage in gay activities by permitting male persons to have canal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”

After the charge was read to the defendants, they all pleaded not guilty, while their lawyers – Ehiko Onoche, S. M. Oladele – urged the court to admit them to bail. The prosecution team led by Ms Adetutu Oshinusi from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ministry of Justice, did not oppose their bail application but urged the court to direct the defendants to submit themselves to the Lagos State Aids Control Agency (LSACA) for monitoring and Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) for rehabilitation.

The officials of both agencies were also present in court. In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Adewale Ojo granted them bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties, according to the court, must be a relative of the defendants, while the other must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

The sureties must also present evidence of tax payment. The magistrate also granted the request of the prosecution demanding monitoring and sexual rehabilitation for the defendants, while the matter was adjourned till September 8. The minors were arraigned before Magistrate Segun Elias of Ebute-Metta Magistrates’ Court in a closed-session.

 

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