The Lagos State government yesterday arraigned 28 adults and 12 minors before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly engaging in homos*xuality contrary to the laws of the land.
The minors were arraigned before Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court, while the adults were arraigned before Yaba Magistrate Court.
The defendants, who are all males, were arraigned separately on a one-count charge.
They were all arrested last Saturday by men of the Lagos State Police Command in Owode Onirin area of the State.
The defendants were said to have been caught in the act of homos*xuality at a popular hotel in the area simply known as Vintage Hotel.
The adults are Adedayo Kamadupe (27), Abiodun Pedro (22), Ikechukwu Onyebuchi (32), Dike Stanley (19), Oji Charles Isioma (28), Garuba Ibrahim (21), Monday Favour (20), Ayo Marcus Ayobamidele (26), Stanley Adeasbo (25), Victor Isaac (18), Godwin Williams (19), Kashimawo Oluwatosin (25), Abass Tajudeen (24), Olamigoke Adeola (19) and Yussuf Fawaz (19).
Others are Johnson Michael (19), Francis Michael (22), Samuel Adeyinka (25), Samuel Collins (25), Kazeem Akorede (25), Adebayo Bukola (23), Ochiagha Ifeanyi (19), Babatunde Taiwo (26), Raphael Dugh (30), Kenneth Ubaji (19), Alisi Ferdinand Okechukwu (30), Malik Ahmed (18) and Olamide Adeola (18).
After the charge was read to the defendants, they all pleaded not guilty, while their lawyers – Ehiko Onoche, S.M Oladele – urged the court to admit them to bail.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Adewale Ojo granted bail to the defendants in the sum of
N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.
One of the sureties, according to the court, must be a relative of the defendants, while the other must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
The sureties must also present evidence of tax payment.