The Lagos State Police Command at the weekend stopped the inauguration of a guy club in a hotel at the Egbeda area of Lagos.
57out of about 100 intending members were arrested while others escaped.
Speaking with one of the suspects, made, who was adorning a female dress, lipsticks, and eyelids, said
:” Actually I came for initiation. I was invited by one James. He told me that there was going to be initiation. He told me to dress like a woman. When I asked why I should accompany him and he said through the club , we would secure a visa to the USA and Canada .
We were waiting for the Master who would initiate us when the police stormed and arrested us. I can not say that everyone arrested came for the purpose , but the majority of us came for the initiation. Brother James introduced me to so many of them who came for initiation .
I am very sorry for what happened. I did not know anything about guy. It James that said we could secure a visa through the club, but see where he has landed me”.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police , Mr Imohimi Edgal , who paraded the suspects said that on August 26 , at about 3 am , intelligence revealed that some youths (males) would be initiated into a Gay/Homosexual Club between 0100 hours and 0200 hours, at Kelly Ann Hotel/ Event Centre, at number 3 /7 Adenrele Street, Egbeda, an action contrary to section 1 (1) of Same Sex Marriage Act 2014.
” Consequent upon this, operatives led by DPO Shasha and DPO Idimu stormed the venue at 2 am . On arrival, young men numbering about 80 were met in a hall taking different types of drinks including banned substance, Tramadol, Shisha laced with substances suspected to be Marijuana (IGBO) etc.
As soon as they sighted the police, they ran into different directions. However, the team arrested 57 of them “.
The CP said the essence of parading the suspects was to sensitize the public about the new wave of crime in the state :” The youths have graduated from cultism to homosexuality. This is a dangerous dimension.
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We must stop them before they infiltrate our streets and schools. This war against gay should not be left for the security agencies alone . We are fighting cultism, drugs and at the same time homosexuality. I think all hands must be on the deck to stop this act .
Information was received from a sister agency, it is commendable. I appeal to members of the public to emulate the informant and give us reasonable information that will lead to the arrest of suspected gay. We are on the trail of other , now on the run.
I want to advise parents to be wary of the people their children move with and where they go to at any particular time. Investigation into the case is ongoing . We want to warn that there is no hiding place for criminals in the state . Our intelligence is superb “.