Fifty-seven youths between the ages of 20 and 33 were yesterday 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; RIdwan 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: Bobbey Moses, 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; and Wasiu Ajibade, 25.
The others 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 the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti-Yaba, Lagos, before Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye led-court, on three counts charge, bordering on conspiracy, belonging to a secret cult, and unlawful gathering.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, 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, Ajufor, told the court that they and others now at large, were arrested on August 26, 2018, at about 2a.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 not-guilty plea 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 the Chief Magistrate Ayeye, must have a voter’s card, with three years evidence of tax payment 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 the fulfillment of the bail conditions.
The matter has been adjourned till September 10 for mention.