The Lagos State Police Command have arrested 57 suspected homosexuals who have been caught in gay actions in the Egbeda space of the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, confirmed the arrest to newsmen during a information convention on Monday. He stated that the suspects have been picked up on Sunday at 2 a.m. whereas they have been performing gay initiation rites for newly recruited members.
“Intelligence gathered revealed that some youths shall be initiated into a Gay/Gay Club between 1 a.m and a couple of a.m. at Kelly Ann Hotel/Occasions Centre, positioned at No. 3-7, Adenrele St., Egbeda, an motion opposite to Part 1 (1) of Similar Intercourse Marriage, Act 2014.
“Consequent upon this, some operatives from the Shasha and Idimu Police stations stormed the venue and met at least 80 younger males.
“They have been taking several types of drinks, together with banned substances reminiscent of Tramadol, and Shisha laced with substances suspected to be marijuana.
“As quickly as they sighted the Police, they ran into totally different instructions, however the crew arrested 57 of them,” he stated.
The CP stated that investigation into the case was ongoing and that the suspects could be charged to court docket quickly.
However among the suspects who spoke to the Information Company of Nigeria denied the allegations.
They stated that they have been on the hotel to attend a marriage and birthday events. One of many suspects, James Obialu, stated that he was a dancer and had come to the social gathering to carry out earlier than he was arrested.
“I’m not gay, I’m a dancer and I used to be there to carry out earlier than I used to be arrested. I’m a accountable citizen and I work on the Alimosho Common Hospital as a counsellor for these residing with HIV,” he stated.
One other suspect, Samuel Olarotimi, 22, a graduate of Mass Communication from the Yaba Faculty of Know-how, stated that there have been different females in the hotel who weren’t arrested.
“I used to be there for a party which began late. About eight girls have been on the bar with us, whereas another girls have been dressing up in their rooms.
“I don’t know why the Police refused to arrest the females however introduced us right here as alleged homosexuals,” he stated.
Considered one of them, Bob China, stated that he accompanied his pal, a caterer, to ship meals on the social gathering however was arrested whereas ready outdoors the hotel.