IRATE youths in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State recently stripped a police constable and his partner naked and beat them up severely on suspicion of being homosexual and engaging in gay activity.
Nigeria has some of the most Draconian anti-gay laws in the world and anyone found guilty of committing a homosexual act can face up to 14 years in prison under the country’s Same Sex Marriage Act of 2014. Suspected of being homosexual, police constable, Chibuike Ukazu, was apprehended by youths of Umueze community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State and beaten silly.
His sex partner was also stripped and beaten up after they were caught in the act on Tuesday, with packs of condoms found on them. After being beaten and stripped naked, they were taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community where they were jeered for practising sodomy.
One eyewitness said: “Two homosexuals were caught red-handed having anal sex in our village. One of them is a Nigerian police officer from Umugboga, Amike, Orlu council, who stays at checkpoint at Mgbabano, Nkwerre council, Imo State.
“He is married, while the other one is a son to one photographer named Emesco. Both of them are from Orlu council.
“This particular police officer together with his colleagues chased a man driving with his car and threatened to shoot him. After discussions, they took bribe of N5000 from him and left but this evening, he was caught having sex with his fellow man.
“They were caught red-handed by security men of Umueze Autonomous community, Orlu, after tracing them to where they had the sex. Items recovered from them are three sachets of condoms of different brands and the police officer’s identity card.”
Police spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu, added: “On April 21, upon information received through a phone call, the divisional police officer (DPO) in charge of Nkwere Division promptly moved into Umueze autonomous community in Orlu local government area and rescued one F/NO.512351 Chibuike Ukazu. Preliminary investigation revealed that the youths of the community claimed to have caught the constable with one of his friends, name yet unknown but nicknamed Yellow, in acts of homosexuality.
“As a result, the youths pounced on them and beat them to stupor, then took them to the palace of the traditional ruler before their rescue by the DPO and his team. The command wishes to warn members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands.”