Court remands homosexual in prison custody

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Jethro Ibileke/Benin

A 27-year old man, Saturday Aigbedion, has been remanded in prison custody by an Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin City, Edo state for allegedly having unlawful carnal knowledge of another man.

The accused ‎allegedly had sex with his victim whose name was given as Chikere Okereke through the anus.

The Chief Magistrate of the Court, Mike Osayi, said Aigbedion committed an offence against morality.

“If the accused is remanded in the prison custody for a long time, he is still going to mix up with same sex,” the Magistrate observed, but added that bail will be considered in the next adjourned date.

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The magistrate adjourned the case till 17 July.

Police Prosecutor, ASP Sylvester Omor, told the court that the accused committed the offence at Erie Street, Off Sakponba Road, Benin, in December 2013.

“The accused unlawfully had carnal knowledge of Mr Okereke through the anus against the order of nature,” Omor said, pointing out that the offence contravened section 214 (1) of the Criminal Code.

If found guilty, the accused who pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of unnatural offences, is liable to 14 years imprisonment.