- Six members of a Benin City gay gang have been arrested
- There were arrested for committing homosexual acts on Monday by local anti-vice agents
- The suspected homosexuals face a number of charges and will be arraigned in court next week
The Nigeria Police have has arrested six men for allegedly engaging in acts of homosexuality in different areas of Benin, the Edo state capital.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5, AIG Musa Daura, who paraded the suspects on Thursday, said that they were arrested on May 9, 2016, by zonal anti-vice agents.
Daura listed the suspects as Festus Osagiede (24), Hyacinth Imahanrebhor (20), Itama Omon (25), Onwukwe Prince (28), Monye Chukwuma (23) and Osadebe Kelvin (26), adding they confessed to have been committing the crime since 2006.
According to him, Osagiede, said to be the leader of the gay gang, first committed the crime when he had carnal knowledge of the third suspect after attending a Benin night club in 2006.
“After the third suspect (Itama) got drunk, Festus Osagiede took him to his house and forcefully had carnal knowledge of him,” the policeman said.
“Since then, they have been committing the crime with others at large until May, 2016, when luck ran out of them and they swooped on by zonal detectives.”
The youngest suspect, Hyacinth, said that he was forced into the act by Osagiede, whom he claimed also threatened to kill him if he disclosed it to anyone.
“It all happened late last year, when I was returning from a birthday party at night. I was unable get public transport back home,” Hyacinth said.
“I met Festus on my way; he asked me why I was roaming about. I said that I could pass the night at his place.
“That night, he touched me. In the course shouting at him, he forcefully penetrated me and it got me sick.
“He said that if I told anybody, he knows where to find me and my family, that he would kill me.”
However, the AIG who described the crime as a disturbing trend, said many of the perpetrators formed cliques, adding they would be charged in court on Friday.
“You would agree with me that this offence is an offence against humanity and nature, an abominable act that should be condemned in every ramification by all.”