…As Court Orders Defendants To Undergo Sexual Rehabilitation, Monitoring
The Lagos State Government on Thursday arraigned 28 adults and 12 minors before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly engaging in homosexuality contrary to the laws of the land.
The minors were arraigned before Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court, while the adults were arraigned before Yaba Magistrate Court.
The defendants, who are all males, were arraigned separately on a one-count charge.
They were all arrested last Saturday by men of the Lagos State Police Command in Owode Onirin area of the State.
The defendants were said to have been caught in the act of homosexuality at a popular hotel in the area simply known as Vintage Hotel.
According to the criminal charge, the defendants were said to have “On or about 29th July, 2017, at Vintage Hotel, No. 999 Ikorodu Road/Toyin Close, Weigh Bridge, Owode Onirin, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did engage 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 adults are Adedayo Kamadupe (27), Abiodun Pedro (22), Ikechukwu Onyebuchi (32), Dike Stanley (19), Oji Charles Isioma (28), Garuba Ibrahim (21), Monday Favour (20), Ayo Marcus Ayobamidele (26), Stanley Adeasbo (25), Victor Isaac (18), Godwin Williams (19), Kashimawo Oluwatosin (25), Abass Tajudeen (24), Olamigoke Adeola (19) and Yussuf Fawaz (19).
Others are Johnson Michael (19), Francis Michael (22), Samuel Adeyinka (25), Samuel Collins (25), Kazeem Akorede (25), Adebayo Bukola (23), Ochiagha Ifeanyi (19), Babatunde Taiwo (26), Raphael Dugh (30), Kenneth Ubaji (19), Alisi Ferdinand Okechukwu (30), Malik Ahmed (18) and Olamide Adeola (18).
After the charge was read to the defendants, they all pleaded not guilty, while their lawyers – Ehiko Onoche, S.M Oladele urged the Court to admit them to bail.
The prosecution team led by Ms Adetutu Oshinusi from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice did not oppose their bail application but urged the Court to direct the defendants to submit themselves to the Lagos State Aids Control Agency (LSACA) for monitoring and Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) for rehabilitation.
The officials of both agencies were also present in court.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Adewale Ojo granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N500, 000 and two sureties in like sum.
One of the sureties, according to the Court, must be a relative of the defendants, while the other must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction. The sureties must also present evidence of tax payment.
The Magistrate also granted the request of the prosecution demanding monitoring and Sexual rehabilitation for the defendants, while the matter was adjourned to September 8, 2017.
The minors were arraigned before Magistrate Segun Elias of Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court in a closed-session. Continue reading
Security operatives have carried out raids on criminal hideouts in communities around Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The action led to the arrest of several suspects. However, it is not going down well with some stakeholders, as the communities are now deserted due to fear of arrest.
Naijavoxpop correspondent revealed that some inhabitants of Ovogo, Rumuji, Elibrada and Oduoha are complaining that men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad arrested both young and old people in the area.
SARS commander, Akin Fakorode denied the allegation of mass arrest in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, while speaking in an interview. He said only individuals who were alleged to be involved in criminal activities were arrested.
Fakorede said that the suspects include those who attacked and killed a commercial bus driver on Monday around Emohua axis of the East-West Road.
Do you know that Ekpeye, Ogba and Iwurhuohna people of Rivers State are children of Akalaka, a Benin warrior that migrated from Benin to found their present location during Oba Ewuare I reign.
The Benin royal house who migrated during Oba Esigie reign founded Onitsha town.
The Nigerian civil war and the diplomatic recognition accorded Biafra by four African nations was precipitated by the crisis that trailed the counter coup of July 1966, and the massacre of southerners, mainly the Igbos in Northern Nigeria and the quest for secession by the Ojukwu led eastern region of Nigeria. The civil war evoked a great controversy, not only in Nigeria but in Africa and across the globe. The position of the international community and indeed the Organization of African Unity OAU were of crucial military and diplomatic importance to the conflicting sides. This paper, explores the diplomatic strategies adopted by the conflicting parties, and the recognition of Biafra by four African states namely Tanzania Cote d’Voire, Gabon, Zambia The ineffective performance of the OAU in the conflict was a function of a cluster of factors which include the OAU charter, strategies and tactics of the body, and the attitudes of the disputants and major power intervention. The work sets to correct the wrong impression that the diplomatic recognition was , based on the principles of self determination and sovereignty of Biafra as against the true position of .humanitarian need to end the carnage thereby bringing the warring parties to the negotiating table, to ensure peaceful resolution of the crisis. Continue reading
A former Chief of Staff Rivers State Government House, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh has described the trouble rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State as predicted.
Barr. Emeh, who was reacting to the weekend crisis ridden congress of the APC in the state said that when he took over 8000 APC members to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, few months ago that it was because of the degree of division and distrust in the APC.
The former commissioner for transport and aviation wondered how the leadership of APC in Rivers State can cope with the challenges of managing the more complex processes of a bigger election when they have demonstrated lack of skill and in managing the micro non elective state congress. Continue reading
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the evidence of corruption against the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is so overwhelming that the Minister of Transportation admitted to them publicly. Continue reading
The Deputy Governor of Rivers State Dr. Mrs Ipalibo Harry has described Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as the Joshua of our time, while asking the Rivers People to discountenance the criticisms of the APC and former Governor Amaechi which she said are the antics of a drowning Politician. Continue reading
Most of the 13 General Hospitals being reconstructed and rehabilitated by the Rivers State Government are nearing completion..pictures attached underneath.
As part of her commitment to the welfare of retired workers, Akwa Ibom State Government has cemented plans for the payment of gratuities to some categories of retirees who were left out in previous interventions. Continue reading