Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:42 pm
Six suspected homosexuals have been paraded in Benin, capital of Nigeria’s Edo state, following their arrest.
Mr Musa Daura, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5 Headquarters, told newsmen on Thursday that the suspects, who he said committed abominable acts, were arrested by operatives of the Zonal Anti-Vice squad while acting on credible information.
He said that five of the suspects were apprehended at their hideout 12, Ikpoba Slope, Benin.
He said that the sixth suspect was picked up around Benson Idahosa University at about 6 a.m. on Wednesday while trying to escape from the city.
Daura said that the suspects had confessed to being homosexuals and had had carnal knowledge of each other on several occasions in their hide out.
According to him, preliminary investigation conducted into the matter revealed that the suspects have been committing the offence since 2006.
”The leader of the gang and principal suspect first committed the crime with the third suspect in 2006 when both attended a night club in Benin City.
“After the third suspect got drunk, the first suspect took him to his house and forcefully had carnal knowledge with him.
“Since then, they have been committing the crime with each other at large until on the 9th of May, 2016, when luck ran out on them, and they were arrested by the zonal detectives,” he stated.
Daura reiterated that homosexuality was an offence against humanity and nature, and an abominable act that should be condemned by all.
He advised parents and guardians to always monitor their wards and children to know the kind of friends they have.