Men of the Rivers State Police Command rescued two suspected homosexuals from mob attack after they were allegedly caught having intercourse in a public toilet at the Mile Three Park, Port Harcourt, the state capital.
It was gathered that one of them, said to be in his early 40s and identified simply as Stephen, was sleeping with a young man in the toilet when they were caught.
The incident stirred anger among workers at the park, who reportedly wanted to descend on the suspects but were rescued by policemen from the Nkpolu divisional headquarters.
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According to reports, the attendant of the public toilet, Mr Vitalis Andrew, recalled that Stephen and his alleged partner paid him money to use two different toilet rooms, but another customer, who was using one of the toilets, heard loud moaning and suspected something was fishy.
Andrew noted that the customer climbed the wall separating the two toilet rooms and saw Stephen having intercourse with his partner, added that the two men after realising that they had been caught took to their heels.
“This morning, one guy paid me to use the toilet, unknown to me that the person who stood by him was his sexual partner. The man entered, followed by his partner, and some minutes afterward, we started to hear loud moaning.
“When we peeped, we saw both of them making out. But before we could raise the alarm, they had run away. So, I went to where his (Stephen’s) car was parked and I could not find him. So, I called my Oga and he instructed me to find him and hold on. We have handed the man over to the police,” the attendant said.
The Manager of the public toilet, Mr Chamberline Dappa, said he called the police who came and rescued the suspect from the mob.
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Dappa explained that he went with the police to the station and made a statement on what transpired in his facility.
“I went to the man’s shop, but he was not there, so I reported back to the police to tell them that at 11am, I would provide the witness.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident said “I have interviewed them this afternoon and the suspects are with us. We are still investigating.
“We have yet to get in touch with the complainant, but we have witnesses who caught them in the act and have made useful statements to us,” Omoni stated.
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