Sis suspected homo sexuals have been arrested by policemen from the office of the Zone 5 Police Headquarters in Benin.
Assistant inspector of police in charge of the zone, Alhaji Musa Daura who made the disclosure on Friday, May 13, 2016 while addressing journalists, said the arrest was carried out by operatives of the Zonal Anti-Vice Section, acting on credible information.
He gave the names of the suspects as Festus Osagiede, male (24); Hyacinth Vincent Omahanrebho, male (20); Itama Omon, male (25); Onwuka Prince, male (48); Monye Samuel Chukwuka, male (23); and Osadebe Kelvin, male (26).
Daura disclosed that five of the suspects were apprehended at their “hideout” along No. 12 Ikpoba Slope, while Osadebe Kelvin was later picked up somewhere behind Benson Idahosa University on May 11 at about 06.00 hours “while trying to escape out of Benin City”.
The police AIG said that the suspects have confessed to be homosexuals and have 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, Festus Osagiede first committed the crime with the third suspect, Itama Omon in 2006 when both attended a night club in Benin City. After the third suspect (Itama) got drunk, Festus Osagiede took him to his house and forcefully had carnal knowledge of him.
“Since then, they have been committing the crime with each other at large until on May 9, 2016 when luck ran out on them, and they were arrested by the zonal detectives”, he said.
The AIG who used the opportunity to reiterate that homosexuality was an offence against humanity and nature, and an abominable act that should be condemned in every ramification by all, advised parents and guardians to always monitor their wards and children.
It will be recalled that in January 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan signed a new law that makes it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.