17 February 2016

Nigeria: How Police Foiled Abuja Gay Marriage

Residents of Jiwa, a satellite community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), were recently thrown into confusion when the news of a botched gay marriage reverberated in the area.

The couple, Abdul Lawal and Umar Tahir, alleged to be the husband and wife, respectively, were said to have spent the night in one of the popular hotels in Jiwa, where the marriage was intended to take place the following day.

It was also learnt that on the day of the wedding, the decorated hall for the occasion, at the hotel, was full to capacity with invited guests, including the sponsors, chairman of the occasion and others who trooped to witness the commencement of the ceremony.

But, according to our source, not long after the wedding ceremony got under way, it was suddenly interrupted, adding: "The marriage was halted as soon as the celebrants were about to take their seats at the high table, after alighting from the decorated car that conveyed them to the venue of the wedding.

"The men of Nigeria Police Force drafted from the Gwagwa Police Station swooped and immediately arrested them."

The source further said that many other persons, including their sponsors, chairman of the occasion and the owner of the hotel, were also arrested during the raid.

Our reporter had gathered that men of the Nigeria Police Force (Gwagwa Division), have earlier sent a team of plain-clothed policemen to keep surveillance of the area, following an information they got about the marriage that was to take place in the area.

The Gwagwa Divisional Police Officer, who confirmed the incident, said the suspects have since been transferred to the state CID.

Also reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) FCT Command, ASP Anjuguri Manza, said his men swooped into action after getting information about the planned marriage.

He said: "We got information earlier in the day that the two men were organising a gay marriage ceremony in Jiwa community. Our men have to mobilise and get the suspects arrested."

"... We will charge the suspects to the high court as soon as the appropriate investigations have been concluded on the matter."

ASP Manza warned that the FCT Police Command would continue to arrest and charge to court, perpetrators of such illegal acts in any part of the territory.


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