Gay wedding: 69 suspects granted N5 million bail in Delta

A total of sixty-nine suspects who were apprehended in Delta State during a gay wedding ceremony in August have been released on bail.

Counsel to the suspects, Ochuko Ohimor, said they were admitted to bail with the sum of N5,000,000 and two sureties.

According to Ohimor, the sureties must reside within the Effurun jurisdiction of the Court.

He added that the suspects must sign an undertaking at the State High Court of Justice, Effurun, in Uvwie LGA, where they were earlier arraigned on September 4, 2023.

“The suspects were granted bail at a cost of N5,000,000 and two sureties. The sureties must reside within the Effurun jurisdiction,” Ohimor told NAN.

Police prosecutor, Vincent Orarumen, had opposed the bail condition but their lawyer argued otherwise, saying that the alleged crime was not a capital offence.

Politics Nigeria recalls that the suspects were paraded before newsmen on August 29 at the Ekpan Police Station at the instance of the Delta State Commissioner of Police (CP), Wale Abass.

They were arrested by a crack team of police operatives attached to the Ekpan Division while conducting a gay wedding ceremony which they tagged, “all white party.”

The CP, while parading the suspects, vowed to prosecute them in line with Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Law, which, according to him, prohibits same-sex marriage in the country.

“I can guarantee that they will be charged to court. We are not taking it lightly. It is a clear case, though, they are still presumed innocent until proven otherwise by the competent court,” he said.

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