Police arraigned 53 persons, who were allegedly arrested during a gay marriage, before a magistrate’s court in Chediya-Zaria, Kaduna State yesterday.
Mannir Nasir, the prosecutor, said the accused were arrested on April 15th at a motel and were being charged for conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to a gang of unlawful society.
Mannir Nasir, said the offences contravened Sections 97, 100 and 197(a) of Criminal Procedure Code, CPC.
According to the prosecutor, “on April 15, at about 9p.m., a team of policemen, led by DSP Muhammad Lawal-Mashi, arrested and brought to the police station 53 persons.”
The accused persons 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.
Mr. Umar said the accused persons were detained for more than 24 hours, contrary to Section 341 of CPC.
Umar, told the court that most of the accused persons were students. Chief Magistrate Auwal Musa-Aliyu granted the accused N500,000 bail, with one surety each in the like sum, who must be a blood relation to the accused.
The Chief Magistrate adjoined the case till May 8 for further hearing.
The issue of gay marriage is gradually penetrating Nigeria like a fire burning during the harmattan season. Anything gay is meant to be punished with imprisonment for 14 years according to the Nigerian Law. This seems however not enough to scare people from indulging in such an act .