28 men and 12 minors alleged to be engaging in homosexual activities were arraigned before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court by the Lagos State Government on Thursday, August 3.
Each of the men, aged between 18 and 32, were brought before Chief Magistrate Adewale Ojo on a one-count charge.
The minors on their part were arraigned before Magistrate Segun Elias of Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court in a closed-session.
According to the criminal charge, the defendants ‘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.’
They were all arrested last Saturday by men of the Lagos State Police Command in Owode Onirin area of the State.
The men are Ikechukwu Onyebuchi (32), Ayo Marcus Ayobamidele (26), Stanley Adeasbo (25), Adedayo Kamadupe (27), Abiodun Pedro (22), Victor Isaac (18), Godwin Williams (19), Samuel Collins (25), Kazeem Akorede (25), Adebayo Bukola (23), Ochiagha Ifeanyi (19), Yussuf Fawaz (19), Babatunde Taiwo (26), Olamide Adeola (18).
Others are Dike Stanley (19), Oji Charles Isioma (28), Garuba Ibrahim (21), Monday Favour (20), Kashimawo Oluwatosin (25), Johnson Michael (19), Francis Michael (22), Samuel Adeyinka (25), Raphael Dugh (30), Kenneth Ubaji (19), Alisi Ferdinand Okechukwu (30), Abass Tajudeen (24), Olamigoke Adeola (19) and Malik Ahmed (18).
They all pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to them, with their lawyers – Ehiko Onoche and S.M Oladele – asking for the court to admit them on bail.
Meanwhile the prosecution team led by Adetutu Oshinusi asked for the men 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.
Chief Magistrate Adewale Ojo in his ruling granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum – with one of the sureties being a relative.
He also granted the request of the prosecution demanding monitoring and sexual rehabilitation for the defendants.
The case has been adjourned to September 8, 2017.
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