3 homosexuals have been arrested by the Sokoto State Police Command, and paraded alongside other suspects arrested for other crimes in the state.
The homosexuals identified as Bilyaminu Yahaya, Jubril Zulkifi and Ahmed Sheu Adil, met their waterloo after a long time of being on the radar of the police, and were among 16 suspected miscreants paraded by the police for various criminal offenses.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Cordeila Nwawe, disclosed that others were arrested for offences ranging from criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen properties, being in possession of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp to other criminal activities.
“The present commissioner of police has come to the state to do a job; nobody is going to stand on his way.
“Our dream is to maintain the peace being enjoyed in Sokoto and we will never allow the activities of area boys, thugs and thieves or any form of criminal activities to take us back,” she said.
Few months ago also, a 22-year-old man, Umar Yusuf, was on Thursday arraigned before a Sokoto Magistrates’ Court for an alleged homosexual act with a 10-year-old boy. Mr. Yusuf, 22, who resides in Marna Area of Sokoto, is facing a one-count charge of unnatural offence.
The prosecutor, Saminu Buke, told the court that the offence was committed on March 1 along Marna area of Sokoto. Mr. Buke said that the accused was in canal knowledge of the boy against the order of nature when he lured the minor into his room.
He said the offence contravened Sections 284 of the Penal Code. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Nuraddeen Bello, said the court lacked jurisdiction over the matter but ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody. Mr. Bello however adjourned the case until April 6 for mention and possible transfer to a court of competent jurisdiction.