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Court Remands Three for Alleged Homosexual Practices

Court Remands Three for Alleged Homosexual Practices

A Mararaba Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State Tuesday ordered three accused persons to be remanded in prison for the alleged unnatural offence of homosexuality.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the accused were Armstrong Ihua, 40, of Ikorodu, Lagos State; Collins Ejike, 30, of Lugbe, Abuja, and Pius Bamayi, 25, of Masaka, Nasarawa State.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr. Stephen Kwaza, had told the court that one Pius Bamayi accompanied by Patrick Okorie of Luna Guest Inn, Mararaba, reported the matter at the Sani Abacha Road Police Station, Mararaba, on March 31.

Kwaza said Ihua and Ejike conspired between themselves and lured Bamayi under false pretence to Ihua's room.

He said when Bamayi was asleep, Ihua and Ejike started having carnal knowledge of themselves.

According to the prosecutor, Ihua took advantage of Bamayi, who was sleeping by removing his trousers and performed fellatio on Bamayi.

He said the act woke Bamayi up, and he hit Ihua with his elbow.

The prosecutor stressed that the acts took place as a result of the Indian hemp the accused smoked.

He said the "unnatural offence" contravened the provisions of Section 284 of the Penal Code.

The prosecutor averted that the accused should not be granted bail so as to enable him carry out further investigation into the matter.

However, the accused persons' counsel, Messrs Charles Maduewyi, Momoh Mohammed and Gabriel Okpake, prayed the court to grant their clients bail.

But the presiding judge, Mr. Vincent Gwahemba, however, refused to grant the accused bail on the grounds that the offence was not ordinarily bailable.

Gwahemba also said the oral application for bail was not adequate, and therefore ordered that the accused be remanded in prison.

He adjourned the case to April 23 for further hearing.

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