From: Abdullahi Hassan, Zaria
Police, on Wednesday, arraigned 53 young men before Chief Majistarted Court Chediya, Sabon Gari , over alleged to conduct gay marriage between one Umar Farook and Sanusi all residents of Sabon Gari local Government area of Kaduna State.
Mentioning the case , the Prosecutor , Sergeant, Manir Nasir, said the 53 accused persons were youth between the age of 19 to 25 years and were also charged for criminal conspiracy , unlawful assembly belonging to unlawful Society contrary to section 7 , 100 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 97 of the CPC.
He told the court that on April 15, at about 9:00p.m , a team of police men led by DSP Mohammed lawal Mashi, arrested 53 young men at Daura Road in GRA while attending get together party organized to celebrate the marriage of Males couple one Umar Farook and Sanusi.
“ From the reliable information obtained, all the young men were gathered to celebrate the Samesex Marriege of the two couples which is unlawful,’’ Nasir said.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty for the offence.
Counsel to the Accused persons, Yunusa Umar, requested the court to grant bail for the 53 accused persons in line with the section 36, sub section 6 of the of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended as well as section 341 of the CPC.
“My worship all the 53 accused persons have been detained for three days and most of them are students’’ he said.
He argued that their bail was necessary in order to obtained detail information and more evidences for defence assuring the court that the accused persons not would jump bail conditions or temper with investigations by the police.
. The prosecutor said that hence the accused persons have denied allegations there was need for more time to present its evidence against charges.
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Auwal Musa Aliyu granted the bail application by the Counsel of the accused persons.
“The application is pertinent and relevant to the section 36 of the Constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 341 of the CPC’.
“ Therefore, the court granted bail to the 53 of the accused persons on N500,000 each with sortie who will present ; International passport, Government ID Card Bank statement , address, of credence from Village Head, residence address, 2017 utilities bills, and GSM numbers.
The court adjourned to May 8, for hearing.