The police in Lagos on Thursday arraigned the 57 youth who were accused of homosexual acts before a chief magistrate court in Yaba.
The youth, aged between 20 and 33, were arrested in the early hours of Sunday at a hotel and charged with engaging in homosexual acts.
They denied the charges.
Those arraigned before the magistrate include Segun Ade, 24, Afolabi David, 20, Azees Tunde, 22, Adedokun Pelumi 22, Smart Joel, 25, Ehiose Elvis, 20, RIdwan Jamiu, 24, Raphael Matthew, 38, Friday John, 21, Godswill kola, 22, Chibuike Nuel Charles, 23, Prince Collins, 23, Daniel Ayo, 22, Edeh Amechi, 20, Alozie Osita, 21, Kelvin Nwachukwu , 23, Gbemi Orekoya, 32, Odika Emmanuel, 25, Kojo Emme, 27, Adewole Michael, 27, Kunle Samson, 29, Daniel Sokan, 23, Alabi Lekan, 21, Seun Odu, 26, and Oladapo Eniola, 24.
Others are Bobbey Moses, 21, Desmond Onuoha, 23, Joseph Victor, 23, Omoniyi Tobi, 21, Kelvin Abuchi, 22, Muhammed Abubakar, 26,Lawal Yusuf, 22, Odushina Samuel, 23, Wole Ojo, 24, Remi Godwin, 21, Abimbola Damilola, 21, Samson Odeh, 23, Laguda Lekan, 23, Alhassan Jenrope, 23, Musbau Remi, 33, Ibrahim Yusuf 24, Olaide Olajide, 23, Isaac Patrick, 23, and Wasiu Ajibade, 25.
The rest are Miracle Onyenka, 31, Balogun Olayinka, 23, Okechukwu Nobel, 25, Abioye wealth Olasunkanmi 25, Isa Ibrahim, 25, Rasheed Gbenga, 25, James Obialor 20, Jesse Paul, 22, Oladipupo Kehinde, 25, Ogunrinde Yusuf, 28, Chris Godsent, 23, Solomon Showale, 27 and Olawale Adebayo, 26.
They were arraigned by the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Panti-Yaba, Lagos, before Kikelomo Ayeye, a chief magistrate, on three counts of conspiracy, belonging to a secret cult, and unlawful gathering.
The offences according to the prosecutor, Cyril Ajufor, are contrary to and punishable under sections 411,52(a) and 43(1) cap, CH, C17, Vol. 3, laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
All the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mr Ajufor, the police prosecutor, told the court that the defendants and others now at large, were arrested on August 26, 2018, at about 2 a.m., at Kelly Ann Event Centre, situated at 3-7, Aderele Street, Egbeda, Lagos.
He further told the court that the defendants were arrested after investigation revealed that they engaged in homosexual activities.
Following the not guilty of the defendants, the magistrate admitted them to bail in the sum of ₦200,000, with one surety each.
The surety, the court said, must have a voter’s card, with three years tax payable to Lagos State Government, and have his or her address verified by the prosecutor.
The magistrate, however ordered that all the defendants be remanded in prison custody, pending fulfilment of the bail conditions.
The matter was adjourned till September 10.