The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Zone, Benin, AIG Musa Daura, Thursday announced the arrest of six suspected homosexuals in Benin.
Daura disclosed that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Anti-Vice Unit of the Zone while acting on credible information. He gave the names of the suspects as Festus Osagiede (24); Hyacinth Vincent Omahanrebho (20); Itama Omon (25); Onwuka Prince (48); Monye Samuel Chukwu (23); and Osadebe Kelvin (26).
According to the AIG, five of the suspects were apprehended at their hideout along house 12 Ikpoba Slope, while Osadebe Kelvin was later picked up somewhere behind Benson Idahosa University on May 11, at about 06.00 hours while trying to escape out of Benin City. He said the suspects have confessed to the crime.
Daura explained that preliminary investigation conducted into the matter, revealed that the suspects have been committing the offence since 2006.
“The leader of the gang and principal suspect, Festus Osagiede first committed the crime with the third suspect, Itama Omon in 2006 when both attended a night club in Benin City.
“After the third suspect (Itama) got drunk, Festus Osagiede took him to his house and forcefully had carnal knowledge of him. Since then, they have been committing the crime with each other at large until the 9th of May, 2016 when luck ran out on them, and they were arrested by the zonal detectives,” he said.
The AIG who used the opportunity to reiterate that homosexuality is an offence against humanity and nature, and abominable act that should be condemned in every ramification by all, advised parents and guardians to always monitor their wards and children, as to know the kind of friends they keep.