The Lagos State Government yesterday arraigned 28 adults and 12 minors before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly engaging in homosexuality.
The minors were arraigned before Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court, while the adults were taken before Yaba Magistrate Court.
The defendants, all male, were arraigned separately on a one-count charge following their arrest at a popular hotel last Saturday by men of the Lagos State Police Command in Owode Onirin area of the state.
According to the criminal charge, the defendants had on or about 29th July, 2017, at Vintage Hotel on Ikorodu Road/Toyin Close, Owode Onirin, Lagos, engaged in gay activities by permitting male persons to have canal knowledge of themselves.
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).
The defendants all pleaded not guilty, while their lawyers – Ehiko Onoche, S.M Oladele urged the court to admit them to bail.
Chief Magistrate Adewale Ojo granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N500, 000 and two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate also granted the request of the prosecution demanding monitoring and sexual rehabilitation for the defendants, while the matter was adjourned to September 8, 2017.