No fewer than 57 suspected gays have been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly gathering to conduct initiation rites in the state. The initiation reportedly took place around 1 am on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at a hotel in the Egbeda area of the state. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the arrest was based on intelligence from men of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps.
He said, “The DPOs stormed the venue around 2am. On arrival, young men, numbering over 80, were met in a hall taking different types of drinks, including Tramadol and Shisha laced with substances suspected to be marijuana. As soon as they sighted the police, they ran in different directions. However, the team arrested 57 of them.
The arrested suspects, however, denied the allegation, saying they were not gays. They added that the police did not give them a chance to defend themselves. A suspect, Odika Emmanuel, 25, said he did not understand why the police separated the ladies from the men during the arrest. “It was yesterday (Sunday) when we were writing our statement that the police told us our offences. Is that how the police operate in Lagos? I was there for a birthday party. There were a lot of ladies there,” he added.
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