57 youths between the ages of 20 to 33 have been arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court, for allegedly engaging in homosexuality.
The youths are: Segun Ade, 24, Afolabi David, 20, Azees Tunde, 22, Adedokun Pelumi 22, Smart Joel, 25, Ehiose Elvis, 20, RiIdwan Jamiu, 24, Raphael Matthew, 38, Friday John, 21, Godswill kola, 22, Chibuike Nuel Charles, 23, Prince Collins, 23, Daniel Ayo, 22, Edeh Amechi, 20, Alozie Osita, 21, Kelvin Nwachukwu , 23, Gbemi Orekoya, 32, Odika Emmanuel, 25, Kojo Emme, 27, Adewole Michael, 27, Kunle Samson, 29, Daniel Sokan, 23, Alabi Lekan, 21, Seun Odu, 26, Oladapo Eniola, 24.
Others include: BObbeyMoses, 21, Desmond Onuoha, 23, Joseph Victor, 23, Omoniyi Tobi, 21, Kelvin Abuchi, 22, Muhammed Abubakar, 26,Lawal Yusuf, 22, Odushina Samuel, 23, Wole Ojo, 24, Remi Godwin, 21, Abimbola Damilola, 21, Samson Odeh, 23, Laguda Lekan, 23, Alhassan Jenrope, 23, Musbau Remi, 33, Ibrahim Yusuf 24, Olaide Olajide, 23, Isaac Patrick, 23, Wasiu Ajibade, 25.
The rest are Miracle Onyenka, 41, Balogun Olayinka, 23, Okechukwu Nobel, 25, Abioye wealth Olasunkanmi 25, Isa Ibrahim, 25, Rasheed Gbenga, 25, James Obialor 20, Jesse Paul, 22, Oladipupo Kehinde, 25, Ogunrinde Yusuf, 28, Chris Godsent, 23, Solomon Showale, 27 and Olawale Adebayo, 26.
They were arraigned by the men of State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti-Yaba, Lagos, before Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye led-court, on three-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, belonging to a secret cult, and unlawful gathering.
The offences according to the prosecutor, Barrister Cyril Ajufor, are contrary to and punishable under sections 411,52(a) and 43(1) cap, CH, C17, Vol. 3, laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
All the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Arraigning the defendants the prosecutor, Barrister Ajufor, told the court that the defendants and others now at large, were arrested on August 26, 2018, at about 2 a.m., at Kelly Ann Event Centre, situated at 3-7, Aderele Street, Egbeda, Lagos.
He further told the court that the defendants were arrested after investigation revealed that they engaged in homosexual activities.
But following the non guilty pleading of all the defendants, Chief Magistrate Ayeye, admitted them to bail in the sum of N200, 000, with one surety each.
The surety according to Chief Magistrate Ayeye, must have a voter’s card, with three years tax payable to Lagos state government, and have his or her address verified by the prosecutor.
The Chief Magistrate, however ordered that all the defendants be remanded in prison custody, pending fulfilment of the bail conditions.
The matter has been adjourned till September 10, for mention