Monday, December 4, 2023

Gay Marriage Suspects Get N500,000 Bail In Court

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Sixty-nine gay suspects apprehended on Aug. 27 in Ekpan Community, Uvwie Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta, during a gay wedding ceremony have been released on bail.


According to the source, Counsel to the suspects, Mr. Ochuko Ohimor, disclosed in Warri that they were admitted to bail with N500,000 and two sureties each.

According to Ohimor, the sureties must reside within the Effurun jurisdiction of the Court.

He added that the suspects must sign an undertaking at the State High Court of Justice, Effurun, in Uvwie LGA, where they were earlier arraigned on Sept. 4.

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“The suspects were granted bail of N500,000 and two sureties each. The sureties must reside within the Effurun jurisdiction”.

Police prosecutor Vincent Orarumen had opposed the bail condition, but their lawyer argued otherwise, saying that the alleged crime was not a capital offence.

Recall that on Aug. 29 at the Ekpan Police Station at the instance of the Delta State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Wale Abass.

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They were arrested by a crack team of police operatives attached to the Ekpan Division while conducting a gay wedding ceremony, which they tagged “all-white party.”

While parading the suspects, the CP vowed to prosecute them in line with Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Law, which, according to him, prohibits same-sex marriage in the country.

“I can guarantee that they will be charged to Court. We are not taking it lightly. It is a clear case, though, they are still presumed innocent until proven otherwise by the competent Court,” he said.

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