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Police to prosecute 67 gay suspects during same-sex wedding in Delta

Delta state police has revealed that the 67 suspects arrested over alleged homosexuality in the state will be arraigned in court next week.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe made this known on Friday, as he disclosed that investigations were being intensified to ascertain the level of involvement of each of the suspects before their arraignment.

According to him, the suspects and the exhibits were in police custody and they have been cooperating with the police.

Police operatives had within the week disrupted a gay marriage ceremony at a popular hotel in Ekpan, off Refinery Road in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area and arrested 67 suspected guests.

On Tuesday, the 67 gay suspects were paraded at he command. The same-sex wedding ceremony was between one Daniel Pius (groom) and Maxwell Ohwonowho (bride).

According to the police PRO; “On Sunday, August 27, about 9:00 p.m., operatives of the divisional patrol team attached to Ekpan Division intercepted a male cross-dresser, who claimed to be an actor.

“Upon interrogation, he confessed that he is a member of a certain gay club, and that he was on his way to join his fellow members for a gay marriage ceremony.

“Acting on intelligence gathered, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Aliyu Shaba, raided Teebolus Hotel, off Refinery Road, Ekpan, near Warri, where some suspected gay members were reportedly holding a gay marriage ceremony.

“As the operatives arrived at the said hotel, the gay members immediately took to their heels, scampering in different directions. Police officers chased and arrested a total number of 67 suspects, both male and female, for allegedly conducting and attending a same-sex wedding ceremony between Daniel Pius, ‘m’ (the groom), 22, and Maxwell Ohwonohwo, ‘m’ (bride), 20.

“The venue of the illicit event was searched, and the following items were recovered at the scene: one codeine bottle; three cups of refined Canadian loud; five sachets of skunk; one sachet of tramadol; four tablets of molly drug; one crusher and gay marriage ceremonial dresses.”