Nigerian gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi, has reacted to the arrest of 57 suspected homosexuals who were paraded before newsmen yesterday.
According to Bisi Alimi, people have parties everyday in Lagos, and a “gay party” or a “gay initiation party” is nothing but lack or responsibilities from the part of our police and government. He wrote;
”People have parties in Lagos everyday. Sometimes the parties have more men than women and sometimes more women than men.
The idea that there is a “gay party” or a “gay initiation party” is nothing but lack or responsibilities from the part of our police and government.
Those innocent people are a victim of their poverty. Whether they are gay or not is not the issue, the issue is, they are poor and they will pay the highest price for being poor in a country that celebrate stolen wealth.
We reported yesterday that 57 suspected homosexuals, were arrested by the officers attached to the Lagos State Police in Egbeda area of the state.
The suspected homosexuals were arrested on Sunday by 2 a.m, while they were performing gay initiation rites for newly recruited members. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi who confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a press conference with newsmen, said;
“Intelligence gathered revealed that some youths will be initiated into a Gay/Homosexual Club between 1 a.m and 2 a.m. at Kelly Ann Hotel/Events Centre, located at No. 3-7, Adenrele St., Egbeda, an action contrary to Section 1 (1) of Same Sex Marriage, Act 2014.
“Consequent upon this, some operatives from the Shasha and Idimu Police stations stormed the venue and met no less than 80 young men.
“They were taking different types of drinks, including banned substances such as Tramadol, and Shisha laced with substances suspected to be marijuana.
“As soon as they sighted the Police, they ran into different directions, but the team arrested 57 of them,” he said.