Yesterday, 53 persons appeared before a magistrate’s court in Chediya-Zaria, Kaduna State for allegedly attending a gay marriage.
The prosecutor, Mannir Nasir, said the accused were arrested on April 15 at a motel and were being charged for conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to a gang of unlawful society.
Nasir said the offences contravened Sections 97, 100 and 197(a) of Criminal Procedure Code, CPC.
According to Nasir, on April 15, at about 9p.m., a team of policemen, led by DSP Muhammad Lawal-Mashi, arrested and brought to the police station 53 persons.
The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and their counsel, Yunusa Umar, asked the court to release them on bail in line with sections 35 (4) and 36 (5) of the Constitution.
Mr. Umar said the accused persons were detained for more than 24 hours, contrary to Section 341 of CPC. He told the court that most of the accused persons were students in their tender age.
Chief Magistrate Auwal Musa-Aliyu granted the accused N500,000 bail, with one surety each in the like sum and the case has been adjourned till May 8 for further hearing.