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47 Nigerian Gay Men Arrested At Kelly Hotel Egbeda Lagos Granted N0.5M Bail Each

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47 Nigerian Gay Men Arrested At Kelly Hotel Egbeda Lagos Granted N0.5M Bail Each

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47 Nigerian Gay Men Arrested At Kelly Hotel Egbeda Lagos Granted N0.5M Bail Each

Lagos Police command today brought 47 men before a Federal High Court for allegedly engaging in amorous gay relationship.

The defendants are aged between 21 and 33.

NAN reports that the defendants were arraigned at 4.12p.m. on one count of engaging in amorous gay relationship.

All the defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After their pleas, the prosecutor, Mr. J.I. Ebhoremen, urged the court to remand them in a correctional facility, saying that their crime was “heinous.”

However, defence counsel, Mr. Israel Usman, opposed the request and prayed the court to grant them bail.

He attached a four-paragraph affidavit in support of the bail application.

Justice Mohammed Aikawa held that although the charge against the defendants was serious, it was bailable.

He granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties each in like sum.

The judge held that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of Grade Level 10 or above, while the other should have a reasonable means of income, to be verified by the court.

He held that each of the defendants should sign an undertaking not to delay trial.

Aikawa, however, ruled that pending perfection of their bail, the defendants should be remanded in police custody for 48 hours and afterwards be transferred to a correctional facility if they could not meet the bail conditions.

Although defence counsel immediately applied to the court for a variation of the bail conditions, the judge held that it was only where the defendants were unable to meet the bail conditions that an application for variation could be necessary.

The judge adjourned the case until December 11 for trial.

Earlier, the police alleged that the defendants were arrested at a hotel in Egbeda, Lagos, on August 25, 2018, adding that they were picked up at 2.00a.m. while performing gay initiation rites for newly-recruited members.

They were first arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos and pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy, membership of a secret cult, and unlawful gathering.

Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye had admitted each of them to bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with one surety each in the like sum.

In the charge before the Federal High Court and marked FHC/1/311C, the police alleged that the defendants made “public show of a same sex amorous relationship with each other in hidden places within Kelly Hotel”, Egbeda.

The police said that the defendants’ actions contravened the provisions of Section 5(2) of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013.(NAN)

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Big Bose

    November 27, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    They have to curb them, they are behind the spread of hiv in the society. Let them arrest bobrisky too.

  2. Lola O

    November 28, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    The bail money is too much and obviously beyond the means of the average Nigerian citizen. They didn’t murder anyone, after all. I don’t encourage gay relationships but society needs to address the degree of joblessness and idleness amongst the youth in our country. The devil finds jobs for idle hands. If they were arrested since August, why has it taken three months of incarceration to bring their cases before the court? There is no reason to deprive people of their freedom for committing offenses against their own bodies which is really, their private, personal matter. Most of them will die in detention, as most probably don’t have family, or their families are too poor to help or have given up or don’t know their whereabouts. Our lack of compassion or aloofness to the plight of the downtrodden will forever haunt us and deprive us of peace as a nation. Why make scapegoats of the defenseless while refusing to address the fundamental issues plaguing our society and bringing real perpetrators of our predicament to justice?

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