It seems there is a clampdown on suspected homosexuals by the police. The fascinating thing is that they are always arrested at alleged birthday parties.

Few days after 57 suspected homosexuals were arrested in Lagos at a birthday party, 41 suspected homosexuals have been arrested by security operatives in Bauchi State.

The suspects were arrested during a joint operation by men of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bauchi State command.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Kamal Abubakar, who confirmed the incident, said the police had charged 37 of the suspects to court.

He said, “Although we gathered through intelligence reports that the suspects were homosexuals, we did not charge them to court as homosexuals or lesbians since we did not catch them in the act. But we charged them for being public nuisance since they were arrested at a birthday party.”

Abubabakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, reiterated the commitment of the police to protect lives and property of residents.

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The Bauchi State Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Ado Zigau, said the suspects were arrested based on intelligence reports.

One of the suspects, Abubakar Adamu, denied being gay.

He said “We are not gay; we don’t have lesbians among us. I organised a birthday party and invited my friends. I sat with a female friend when I was arrested. I am a tailor and we followed due process and applied to use the Federal Secretariat Conference Hall, which they gave us.

“After we finished the birthday, security operatives came in and arrested us. But we are not homosexuals and we don’t belong to any association.”

When asked how he got money to organise the birthday, he said “I am a tailor. My customers pay me between N400 and N2,500. My friends contributed some of the items. I have learnt my lesson and I will not organise a birthday party again.”

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