13 June 2014

Nigeria: Four in Court Over Sodomy

Bauchi — Police in Bauchi State yesterday arraigned four persons before an Upper Sharia Court for engaging in sodomy which contravenes Sharia law.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Abubakar Garba, told the court that the suspects were arrested on May 8, 2014 in Gumau town of Toro LGA of Bauchi State over allegations of engaging in homosexual activities.

He told the court that Abubakar Alhassan, Sani Sale, Misbahu Sale and Shehu Ahmed were arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy and sodomy which is contrary to Section 126 and 133 Sharia penal code law of 2001.

When asked by the judge whether they had any plea to make before the court over the allegation, they answered in the affirmative and pleaded for mercy but Misbahu Sale pleaded not guilty.

The judge, Malam Abdu Y. Ibrahim, adjourned the case till June 26, 2014 for continuation.

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