Group demands release of men charged with alleged homosexuality

Nigerian Police on patrol
Nigerian Police on patrol

The Access to Health and Rights Development Initiative has demanded the release of the 40 people charged for alleged homosexual activity by the Lagos State government.

In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the group said it was calling the international community to raise the issue with their governments as a matter of urgency, especially the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

“We are also raising the fact that the conditions for bail are not just unreasonable but they violate the fundamental human rights of the accused.”

The statement had the support of other groups like the Bisi Alimi Foundation (BAF), the Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS), Queer Alliance (QA), and the International Centre for Advocacy to Health And Rights (ICARH).

Last week, more than 40 men were arrested by the police for alleged homosexual activities at Vintage Hotel in Owode-Onirin, a Lagos suburb.

On Thursday, the Lagos State Government arraigned 28 adults and 12 minors before a Magistrate Court for allegedly engaging in homosexuality. While the minors were arraigned before Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court, the adults were arraigned before Yaba Magistrate Court.

They all pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of “engaging in gay activities by permitting male persons to have canal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”

The defendants were each granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.

On Friday, the owner of Vintage Hotel, Patrick Okeze, was arraigned before a Yaba Magistrate Court for allegedly aiding and promoting same sex sexual activities and gay club in his hotel.

Mr. Okeze was arraigned alongside two of his workers, Sunday Isang and Bright Oba, for allegedly encouraging the illegal act to be perpetrated by young men and minors in the hotel contrary to the provisions of Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2014.

In their statement on Friday, the groups insisted that the men charged for homosexual activities were attending an event were HIV Counselling and Testing services were being rendered.

“We are working hard to ensure the release of the boys and also to help them assimilate back into society after the ordeal is done,” the statement said.

“While the official press release from the Lagos state government state that there were minors involved, organisers had no means to verify ages and the event was an 18+ event and not for minors.

“The party was not a sex party. Efforts are currently being made towards securing and perfecting bail for the men. We also would want to express our appreciation to all activists working tirelessly to see the release of the 42 currently in police custody.”

The groups have also put up an online petition calling on the government to have a rethink on the stand of the law about homosexual activities.


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  • Dazmillion

    “The men charged for homosexual activities were attending an event were HIV Counselling and Testing services” — Access to Health and Rights Development Initiative

    This group should be investigated because how do they explain the fact that an event for HIV counseling had only men in attendance, with a DJ in a night club. Bisi Alimi, the sodomite, could be the one behind this group encouraging sodomy

    • #Decency & Intergrity

      That animal should be arrested for aiding and abetting evil that is contrary to nature

    • #Decency & Intergrity

      The devils has blinded the eyes that the can not see and be healed,that are the people the bible spoke of in the last days:dont be astonished my dear brother,this evil is spreading like a fire now in the whole world:read the bible,these people allow demons to have control of their bodies to wreck havoc,how can a man call his fellow man his husband GOD forbide:Abormination that cause desolation,The LORD says in his Word Lev:18:22,any man who do this evil the land (i.e,earth )will spew them out and that what is happening in the Europe and America Who have legalize the Evil,Only God will deliver them from this unseen deadly demonic forces controlling the minds and souls of men.The are are heading to hell fire if repentance is not sought.

    • ima

      My brother, u re so wise. Women no get HIV for Naija.

    • emmanuel

      Na USA and UK dey fund the criminals advocacy groups of demons. Shame nor let them sef talk lie when small pickin to say na lie.
      Those guys all had the typical homosexual guys. who are not say they were crated animals and not men.

  • Pluti

    Give them 14 years, these useless western media interference in our laws, tradition and culture must be ignored. We don’t interfere in theirs so why should they?

  • emmanuel

    Adovacy groups of liars who are demonised. They were screeneing for HIV? Which kine osi excuse be dat? I beg make government use LAWMA Truck take them to incinerating centre jare. Audu Ogbeh need lots of manure and fertilisers to grow his made in Brazil grasses.

  • Julius

    I knew that Otile will mobilize his people to come to these perverts aid. They should have locked him up too !