Police arrest 53 at Zaria gay wedding

Police yesterday arraigned 53 people before a Magistrates’ Court at Chediya-Zaria, Kaduna State who were arrested during a gay marriage. The prosecutor, Sergeant Mannir Nasir, said the accused were arrested on April 15 at Zaria Motel and were being charged for conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to a gang of unlawful society.

Nasir, according to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the offences contravened sections 97, 100 and 197(a) of Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). He said: “On April 15, 2017 about 2100 hours, a team of policemen led by DSP Muhammad Lawal- Mashi arrested and brought to police station 53 persons.

“The arrested persons included Jibril Abdullahi, Sagir Abubakar, Anas Mohammed, Mustapha Ababukar, Musa Ibrahim and Suleiman Usman, among others, all of various addresses. “Information reached the police that these persons conspired to celebrate a gay marriage at Zaria Motel between Faruk and Sanusi both at large.”

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and their counsel, Yunusa Umar, asked the court to release them on bail in line with sections 35 (4) and 36 (5) of the constitution.

Umar said the accused were detained in police custody for more than 24 hours contrary to the provisions of Section 341 of CPC. He told the court that most of the accused were students in their tender age.

The Chief Magistrate, Auwal Musa-Aliyu, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 each, with one surety each in the like sum, who must be a blood relation to the accused.

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