Jonathan pardons homosexual rapist, triggering fresh controversy

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan's office disregards FOI requests

President Goodluck Jonathan enters the second week of his controversial pardon set to contend with a flurry of new issues and criticism from many who are trying to make sense of his reasoning for letting off former army Major, Bello Magaji, convicted and sentenced to five years jail term for sodomy, another name for homosexuality, by a military Court [General Court Martial] in 1996.

Mr. Magaji, a former military police officer attached to the Lagos Garrison Command, was convicted for serial homosexual intercourse with four students of the Army Cantonment Boys Secondary School in Ojo Cantonment in Lagos. The teenagers were Mohammed, Joseph, Emmanuel, and Isaac, according to court records obtained by PREMIUM TIMES.  We are witholding the surnames names of the victims since they were teenagers at the time of the incident. Download full judgment here.

The documents spoke of how Mr. Magaji intoxicated the young men, all from poor background, with alcohol, making them dizzy and then forcing them to have homosexual intercourse. He would then offer them token financial inducement to meet family obligations.

One of the teenagers recalled that: “He said I shouldn’t worry that I should go and bath. After my bath he gave me N1500.00k and said I should give Oscar N500.00k for bringing me. Then when I came out I gave Oscar N500.00k and it remained N1000.00k. Out of the N1000.00k Oscar collected N100.00k and it remained N900.00k. From the N900.00k, I bought things paid small small credit I was owing and bought school uniform for myself.”

Mr. Bello Magaji whose reasons for making the list remains puzzling, was one of about a dozen convicts that earned President Jonathan’s pardon Tuesday after a Council of State meeting in Abuja along with the president’s disgraced former boss, Mr. DSP Alamieyeseigha, a one-time governor in Bayelsa State where the president served as his deputy.

Mr. Magaji’s pardon, coming at a time that legislative and religious institutions in the country are bracing for a stormy confrontation with the local and international gay and lesbian communities is bound to shock many observers of the Jonathan presidency.

In November 2011, the Nigerian Senate passed a stunning anti-gay legislation which criminalizes homosexuality and gay marriage with a 14-year jail term. Although the move drew sharp international rebuke from both western and American political leaders, the Senate President, Mr. David Mark, in February this year, went ahead to defend the move, promising a delighted conference of Catholic bishops that the senate will lead the fight against homosexuality in the country. Mr. Mark was however at the meeting where Mr.Magagi got his pardon but was not on record to have uttered a voice against the move.

A similar bill to prohibit gay marriage also popularly passed through a second reading in the House of Representatives last november. House Majority leader, Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP-Oyo), said the proposed law will return sanity to the institution of marriage. If both law chambers pass the bill, Mr. Jonathan will be forced to sign a law that is bound to test his will against the temper of the international community.

The mood of the Supreme Court regarding the rights of homosexual people was best rendered in the case of the same Mr. Magaji when in their appeal ruling in 2008, they characterized the practice as a “beastly, barbaric and bizarre offence.” A panel of five Justices lead by Justice Niki Tobi subsequently threw the appeal of the former military police major to the trashcan and affirmed his five-year jail term.

Justice Niki Tobi also proposes, in his judgement that “Carnal knowledge with the male sex is against the order of nature and here, nature should mean God and not just the generic universe that exists independently of mankind or people.” The order of nature is “carnal knowledge with the female sex” he argued in the judgement.

With the Supreme Court, the National Assembly, and the religious order already walking a direct route from the president on the matter, he has, it appears, lost the court of popular morality to lean on for his queer decision on the Magaji pardon. As the Supreme Court records indicated, but failed to developed in depth, Mr. Magaji was not only engaged in gay sex which would have been consensual, but actually he was engaged in a homosexual rape.

“The common evidence of Emmanuel and Joseph is that they were asked to drink a bottle each of small stout which intoxicated them; it was in their state of intoxication that the appellant performed the dirty act of sodomy on Emmanuel, and others, the Supreme Court report narrated.

The Court report offers, in many of its lines, chilling narratives of Mr. Magaji as a sex pervert. The following testimony of one of the teenagers project a horrifying experience, one that will worry many who are trying to understand President Jonathan’s mind with respect to this particular pardon.

“When I went inside, I saw Joseph with Oga Magaji. Then Oga asked me my name, and then I told him my Joseph (sic) said yes so he asked Joseph if he knew me and Joseph said yes so he said I should go inside and sit down. Then when we went inside, I saw Mohammed and he said it has been long he was inside, he overslept. Then I asked Joseph the time they came there. Joseph said it has been long, that Mohammed took a bottle of Gulder that’s why he went asleep.

“By then, Sam came in, brought a bottle of small stout and gave me to drink, but I said I didn’t want to drink because I was not used to it, but he said if I don’t drink it I wouldn’t work for Oga, he will not accept me. Then he opened the small stout for me. I took a little out of it and it was bitter, I couldn’t take it, so I gave it to Joseph Unigbe who took the rest.

“After 5 minutes my eyes were turning me Joseph said me and Mohammed should go inside the bedroom to take a bath so that our eyes will stop turning us we accepted took our bath and when we wanted to put our cloths on, Joseph brought out one Army singlet, shirt and nicker, and a night gown and he said we should put them on we asked him why. He said we could not go home that patrol will hold us, that we had to sleep till the following day so we accepted and put them on. Then he showed us the guest room that we should go inside that that is where we were going to sleep.

“All of us went inside the guest room, suddenly, Joseph went outside saying he was going to collect something from the sitting room. When he went out, just immediately he went out then Maj. Magaji came inside the room.”

Homosexuality, according to Wikipedia, “is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual activity between members of the same sex or gender. As an orientation, homosexuality refers to “an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, or romantic attractions” primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex.

Historically, the term has evolved but today members of the community are referred to as Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons.

Gay sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, both among male and female same-sex partners. In the 12 northern states that have adopted Shari‘a law, maximum punishment is death by stoning. In the southern states, the maximum punishment is 14 years imprisonment.

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  • Lanre Ake

    Very soon we shall get there, though the journey long soon shall we sing hurray! Brace up people of good conscience, flush this evil govt out!

  • Naijaa

    A crook will always find a way to reconcile with the like minded

  • Bassey Eniang

    I need to communicate with President G.E Jonathan but not in public forum. Can anyone oblige and arrange this? He needs to know from as many sources as possible (for confirmation) what the Spirit of God is saying regarding this season. Remah Word in Eccl 4 vs 13-16. Emphasis on vs 15-16.

  • onyi

    GEJ. needs. more prayers from Adeboye. Who remembers Adeboye’ prayer for GEJ? ” Whoever that says it will not be will with him, it shall be well with him also. With all these problems and controversies coming out from GEJ govt, what has Adeboye said about them? Him no wan offend my Oga on top because of 10%. Mumu president and pastor.

    • Adoki

      Leave Daddy G.O. out of this, please.

      • onyi

        Una Adeboye no. dey see all these misrule, stealing, corruption etc wey full for this govt. Wetin him don talk about them. Atleast the Catholic Bishops dey see evil them talk, Pastor Bakere dey see him talk. Adeboye nkooo? Him dey form deaf and dumb.Make him go on fasting and praying for jona to get wisdom. 2015 don dey come and another time to kneel to Adeboye for more wisdom. Adeboye prayers no dey work for jona.

  • elvis

    Lev 20:13

  • yusuf

    God detroy a whole community, is their in the Quran and Bible, is their for people to see the remains of those people.
    Please Mr President forget selfishness and don’t let the anger and rott of God befall us, we are still battling with humman crises that u are unable to bring an end to, you still calling for Gods purnishment. Pls for God sake if you truly believe in him don’t give Devil a chance even if he is your friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deri.orbuka Deri Orbuka

    Pardons has no strings attached to them–they were recommended to him-he does not know him from adams–Nigerian should leave the president alone–bring out the governor he left off the hook i mean the 33 governors that were jailed or shut u-p-Clinton pardone his half brother who smuggled drugs into the USA-Alams cannot be the only governor to go to jail in Nigeria-its criminals who are pardoned not saints from the catholic church

    • Tonn

      And the insane Deri is here again patronising as usual. What a low life scum.

      • Es3

        Tonn,
        Deri has a right to his views and as it has said severally said, take note that pardon is for the guilty and not the upright!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/deri.orbuka Deri Orbuka

        Deri has never shied away from any battle-real or imagined against the SS-Or the half truths manufactured to demonize -me. I will continue to speak my mind-then worry about the hurt feelings later-Jonathan gave Alams a well deserved pardon-@Es3 dank u-them think its only prophet and Imams turned pastors that are supposed to be pardoned- by Jonathan-

    • Omo Akin

      You are a shameless liar. What is the name of the Clinton’s half-brother? You have been repeating the line that US Presidents pardon many people. Name one public official convicted of stealing, public corruption and fraud who was pardoned by any US President. The pardon of Alams and Bulama confirms the fact that corruption is affirmed as the directive principle of President Jonathan’s administration.

      • Ayo Yussuff

        Omoakin his is Roger clinton…check the list below. There are Democratic congressmen on the list…if u are too lazy to do your homework , stop calling people lairs.

        Dan Rostenkowski, a former Democratic Congressman from Illinois and Chairman of House
        Ways and Means Committee, was pardoned for his role in the Congressional Post Office scandal. Rostenkowski had served 13 months of a 17-month sentence before being released in 1997.[23] After his release from prison, Clinton granted him a pardon in December of 2000. [24]
        Melvin J. Reynolds, a Democratic Congressman from Illinois, was convicted of bank fraud, 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice, and solicitation of child pornography. His sentence was commuted on the bank fraud charge and he was allowed to serve the final months under the auspices of a halfway house. Reynolds had served his entire sentence on child sex abuse charges before the commutation of the later convictions.
        Roger Clinton, the president’s half-brother, was pardoned for drug charges after having served the entire sentence more than a decade earlier. Roger Clinton would be charged with drunk driving and disorderly conduct in an unrelated incident within a year of the pardon.[25] He was also briefly alleged to have been utilized in lobbying for the Braswell pardon, among others. However, no wrongdoing was uncovered.
        Harvey Weinig, a former Manhattan lawyer who was sentenced in 1996 to 11 years in prison for facilitating an extortion-kidnapping scheme and helping launder at least $19 million for the Cali cocaine cartel.[26][27]
        On February 18, 2001, Bill Clinton wrote a New York Times column defending the 140 pardons.[28]

        Culled from Wikipedia

        • Bisola

          Ohun ti o da oda. Whatever is wrong is wrong. It does not matter if you are Jonathan or Clinton

          • Ayo Yussuff

            Granting amnesty is very messy ,…… i dont think it is wrong if the person has served his jail term and showed remorse…..Re integration of ex-convicts is also part social responsiblities, like it is done in developed countries.Lot of leaders, presidents, do grant amnesty. because they has the legal right to do so. Not only Clinton and Jonathan……Ronald Reagan pardoned 406 convict compared to clintons 75 pardons.

        • Okey Agbo

          I am impressed with tailored intelligent arguement on any matter on social media. Ayo Yusuf’s presentation is sound on this matter. There is no doubt that President Jonathan’s pardon of former ex-convicts in Nigeria should draw volatile reactions given the place of corruption in Nigeria today. Even Jesus Christ was said to have faced query from his people over a harlot whom He asked the people to cast a stone by any one who is free from guilt or sin. The issue here is a matter of timing and the level of information management by aides of this administration. For me the ingredience about the pardon of the former Governor of Bayelsa State is REMOSE. Evidence of repentance is the main ingredince for pardon, even by God. The new Pope Francis of the Catholic church in his 1st Sunday Angelus address spoke grossly on the instrument of untiring forgiveness as a virtue for christians. I suggest that we yell no more over Mr. President’s pardon of these Nigerians. If they were not cleared by God, they will still sin again and may even face death! Let us face the future, because we have more to face. Future is greater than the past. Over criticism can yield alleniation of a man from his people. Let us be careful in the manner we dwell on criticisms only. The powers of a leader are enormous, hence the advocacy is often to pray for and petting of leaders. Words of wisdom come in moments of “crucify him, crucify him”.

    • innocent chuks

      How about the pardon of a rapist….Jona, jona u dey try oooo

  • Philemon A

    If Alams was the target, those who arranged the list would not really bother about who is on it. They simply wanted names to make up the list. You will recall that in one of the states in the West, Mike Tyson and some other Americans were registered to vote.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    BREAKING NEWS!!! Jonathan forgives ex Zamfara State Governor, Ahmed Yerima for sexually abusing a twelve year old girl child.

    • Chinyere

      No no no no I think the child that was abused was that Oga child wey no be Madam Dame give Oga. mpiti you know dat child now? Di one wey .. eh eh eh e he!!!

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        You have quite a creative mind. It is dirty but it is still creative.

        • Chinyere

          mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa, So you guys know that Oga-President did that kind of thing with the sista of ….eh eh eh . Now you can see the kind of immorality we are dealing with in Aso Rock. Now since you his paid apologists know all these and yet you come out to defend a completely immoral person, I wonder what kind of persons all of you are. I am just wondering the kind of immoral mindset you and your principal sponsor have. In a democracy and in a modern and civilised govt, A PRESIDENT DISCLOSES EVERYTHING TO THE CITIZENS INCLUDING HIS/HER PRIVATE LIFE. Oga has not done so and he has been there now for how many years now. Can you imagine this kind of thing in a democratic country in any European country where Oga and the Madams run to for health? This is why they see us black people as being inferior for simple truth our President cannot even tell the citizens. Can you imagine this kind of secrecy in America where the children of the ministers under President Jonathan go to school? Can you now see why our system is completely CORRODED MORALLY? Why? Oga cannot even come straight with the citizens he is President of. And you his paid apologists know these things as admitted subtly by you in your post, you carry on as if they do not matter for the moral health of the country. But they matter for when you crumble the moral of a society the society is gone. A word is enough for you. Oga has lost it, and Nigeria wants to move on. And we shall move on and go beyond Oga by the grace of God.

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            you won’t recognised sarcasm, even if it stares in your face.

          • Chinyere

            But Oga get am for anoda woman now!!! And we know di woman.Naim I dey talk. And yu know. No LIE LIE. Sebi first woman go adopt because ……eh eh eh because e no fit do. After Oga come do am with dat woman wey dey related to dat other woman !!!! No be talk am ooooo!!!! I don keep my mouth quiet small unti yu talk again

          • Chinyere

            On a more serious note, given this Oga indecent private morality which he DARED NOT reveal to Nigerians, such stinking private moral stench explains why he will not have apology to give pardon to a criminal. The link between that smelly private morality of Oga (which he is not even bold enough to tell Nigerian citizens) and his indecent public morality is what explains his indefensible actions. That is what we are saying.

    • Thomas

      mpitikwelu, I like your post. Since you started this insane thing, let me throw this at you. No no no no ooo No be only twelve year old girl Yerimah abuse. Goodluck Jonathan is forgiving Ahmed Yerima for abusing Mrs Jonathan’s adopted children, and di one wey Oga himself don hide from Nigerians. How about that mptikwelu-caaaaarrry GO! Learn to be civil. If you get mouth, everyone has one.

    • Okey Agbo

      Was Yerima convicted at all? Is he not a full fledged Distinguished Senator of the FRN? You want to institute your own judgement where there has been none? Who is this Mpitikwelu na Ugwu Awusa? Nna na waoo!

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        distinguished peadophile, you mean?

  • wilfred

    It is all clear now why Maina can steal all the pension money under his care without fear. Goodluck will pardon him should anything go contrary to plan. No matter how well behaved a wolf may pretend, it will soon be tired of acting like a sheep.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deri.orbuka Deri Orbuka

      Thomas Jefferson pardoned 981-Woodrow Wilson 2,8480 Frankling Roosevelt 3,687, Obama 39-President Jonathan 2-what a shame-Pardon for d only governor be tried out of the 33 rogues? Some Nigerians must be insane

  • Ayo Yussuff

    Hmmm premium times..who should GEJ grant amnesty???? ….Criminals of course…..i think u can only grant amnesty to criminals…so what is the logic in this report….or are u guys homophobic!!!!

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Very Very Homophobic rag tag journalism

      • Innocent Chuks

        Ayo and Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa it is no so much the pardoning of gay persons that is the story here, but of a gay RAPIST!…your president pardons a rapist….Ha! what a presidency!

        • Ayo Yussuff

          I am only against homophobic tag in the headline….a rapist is rapist…even Jesus pardoned a harlot ….i understand the public reaction , …like one commentator said “amnesty is not for the upright”..whoever GEJ choose amonst the Ex-criminals. there will always be some negative reactions which is normal..but it doesnt make GEJ decision wrong or even right….he has the power to do so, that is the bottomline.

          • TOLANI

            @google-f58dcbea0e2faf45034eb1c803c435f4:disqus CAN YOU PLEASE STOP COMPARING JESUS TO JONATHAN, IT IS VERY INSULTING. A HARLOT IS NOT A RAPIST NOR A PEDOPHILE. THAT MAN HAS NOT ONLY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE VULNERABILITY OF THOSE KIDS, BUT DAMAGED THEIR MINDS YOUNG MINDS. I CAN UNDERSTAND IF U ARE BEING PAID TO DO THIS, BUT IT IS TIME TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE!

          • Ayo Yussuff

            Not comparing jesus to GEJ…just an analogy……maybe u are being paid to express ur views…i didnt get a dime.

          • segun

            FALSE ANALOGY please. Do not take a stench like Jonathan near Jesus, even if Jonathan went to kneel before Pastors for votes. Please it is wrong to bring a complete stench near Jesus. It is immoral and unchristian. Play your politics , get your pay from Aso Rock and let it end there.

          • Ayo Yussuff

            It is immoral and “unchristian” to call other people “stench”……Jesus accept all kind of people ….. sick, poor, harlot.. blind……He even raise Lazarus a stinking dead beggar from the dead.He wont mind if GEJ come near to him. He knows that we are not perfect….Jesus is not a snob.

    • Tolani

      @google-f58dcbea0e2faf45034eb1c803c435f4:disqus Agreed amnesty is for criminals, i.e CRIMINALS WHO REPENT. I know you are very linked to the GEJ administration. so can you please tell us what these criminals have done to show repentance that has warranted a pardon?

  • http://twitter.com/Maimuna2Mimi Mimi

    Hmmm!tinx happend in our country but we still dey pray,Allah zaimana magani ai…

  • blackie

    They would rather want amnesty for the boko haram serial killers

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Jonathan is damn no consequence of Nigerians with his insane actions
    but at a point in time,he might explain his criminal anti-Nigerians policies and actions which
    emanated from the core script written and handed over to president Jonathan by IMF/WB
    that warranted Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala return to FGN regime implementing the IMF/WB economic script and paying her salary/allowance in dollar bill instead of naira bill.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      The prof of Aro.

    • Alhaji Tijjanni

      This so called Doctor …. Is a fake doctor of any description. Your reasoning , thoughts and viewpoints are so incoherent and warped that I cannot think of any institution worth it’s salt would ever consider you for a doctorate degree …. Honorary or otherwise.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Maybe president Jonathan is home sexual moreso he is a looter of our commonwealth and represents the interest of big time corrupt elements importing fuel for domestic use in Nigeria.

  • http://www.mynaijagist.com/ My Naija Gist

    I like this country because everyday there is always a new gist

  • tunde

    Onyi u r d most stupid person on earth

  • gaia8uranus

    The man raped children and you people are focusing on whether the act was homosexual or not and how THAT is the one that’s wrong. Your brains have clearly lost the ability to see issues in order of importance. Some rubbish journalism