Nigeria: 2 corps members charged with homosexual acts

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Two National Youth Service Corps members, O’tega Daniel, 27, and Sulaimon Abari, 26, were arraigned on Monday in an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting at Iyaganku for engaging in homosexual acts with a student.

Abari, a graduate of the Lagos State University, Ojo, and O’tega were performing the national service at St. Louis Secondary School 2, Molete, Ibadan.

The duo were arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, procuring as well as getting hold of their victim. The prosecutor, Insp Olufemi Eyiaromi, told the court that the two accused persons conspired to commit the offence.

Eyiaromi alleged that Daniel procured and got hold of the male student, took him into a room, laid him on a bed as well as caressed and orally sucked his manhood until the minor released sperm.

He also alleged that Abari committed the same offence on the victim.

The offence was said to have been committed sometime in November 2013 at Osungbade, Odo-Oba area of Ibadan.

Eyiaromi said the offences contravened sections 217 and 516 (A) of the Criminal Code Cap.38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chief Magistrate Kehinde Durosaro-Tijani granted each accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with one blood relation as surety.

She also directed that the surety must present three years tax clearance certificate while each accused person must present his original certificate as part of the bail condition.

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