Suspected Gay Blind Beggar Tells Police How Much He Pays Young Boys

Police, Rivers Rerun, Crime SuspectThe Niger State Child’s Right Agency on Wednesday facilitated the arrested of a 60-year-old blind beggar identified as Idris Usman over homosexual activity committed against two young boys.

The suspect popularly referred to as Bagobiri was arrested while trying to escape from the state when he got the information that he was being trialed.

He is from Shinkafi in Zamfara State.

Addressing some police officials after he was arrested the blind beggar said pays the young boys between 50 Naira and 150 Naira depending on the availability of resources in his possession.

He acknowledged that the act was a bad habit not acceptable by God and humanity but was pushed by the devil (Satan).

Bagobiri has no wife of his own but had a child with a woman in Lagos.

The two victims simply identified as Mustapha, 10 and Zangina, 12, in JSS Two confirmed the incident, They said he used to invite them for the devilish act.

His exploitation of the young boys was discovered when Zangina fell ill and went to Minna General Hospital for treatment. He was reported to have been infected with bacteria in his body sequel to annal intercourse and was referred to the agency for investigation.

The mothers of the victims, Umaima Umar and Fatima Umar, noted that they were not aware that such act was going on, but they, however, demanded that the mand should be made to face the law.

The two further stated that the homosexual activity had been going on for about one year now.

The Director General of the rights agency, Mrs Mairam Kolo, said that “when the case is established in the court of law after police investigation, Bagobiri will face life imprisonment or 14 years jail term” as stipulated by Nigeria’s anti-gay law.

She said: “This is a homosexual case with underage just as penal code law stipulates live in prison while Child’s Right Act stipulates 14 years in prison and compensation to the victim”.

She blamed parents for negligence on their part and insisted that they must be watchful over the kind of people their wards associate with.

Mrs Kolo  further urged parents to questions their kids when they are seen with money or other gifts.

12 Men Arrested In Kano For Attempting Wedding

gay 2Twelve men were arrested by the Sharia Police in Kano for allegedly attempting gay marriage, though 10 were later released, a spokesman for the group overseeing Islamic rules said on Tuesday.

Gay marriage, same-sex relationships and membership of gay rights groups were banned in January 2014 by President Goodluck Jonathan.

A spokesman for the Sharia Law group, Mohammed Yusuf Yola, said the men were arrested at the scene of the ceremony on the outskirts of Kano on Sunday following a tip-off.

“It is still an allegation but when we screened them, they really looked gay, and the way they behaved was gay,” Yola said.

He further disclosed that 10 out of the 12 suspects were released after their parents signed a statement saying they would keep their children away from such activities.

The parents also agreed that they would be handed over to the police for prosecution if they were caught again.

Nigeria’s anti-gay laws provide for sentences of up to 14 years in prison.

Malawi may be first African country to legalise homosexuality

Malawi’s President, Joyce Banda has said she wants her country to overturn its ban on homosexual acts – the first African country to do so since 1994.

Malawi’s President, Joyce Banda

Two Malawian men were sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2010 after saying they were getting married.

Several Western leaders have recently said they would cut aid to countries which did not recognise gay rights.

Mrs Banda, who came to power in April on the death of her predecessor, said in her first state of the nation address on Friday: “Indecency and unnatural acts laws shall be repealed.” She described the measure as a matter of urgency.

She further said her government wanted to normalise relations with “our traditional development partners who were uncomfortable with our bad laws”.

But repealing a law requires a parliamentary vote and, although Banda’s party commands a majority, it is unclear how much support the move would have in this socially conservative nation.

Malawi was widely condemned for the conviction and 14-year prison sentences given in 2010 to two men who were arrested after celebrating their engagement and were charged with unnatural acts and gross indecency.

The former president, Bingu wa Mutharika had pardoned the couple on “humanitarian grounds only”, while claiming they had “committed a crime against our culture, against our religion, and against our laws”.

The Senate had last year taken a strong stand against same sex marriage in Nigeria.

Debate over same sex marriage is growing across the world. While some countries have legalised it, others are considering adopting it and few conservatives have taken similar strong stands against it.

“We as a country need to act very fast for this trend not to find its way into our country,” Domingo Obende, had said while moving the motion against same sex marriage last September.

“Same sex marriage cannot be allowed on moral and religious grounds. The Muslim religion forbids it. Christianity forbids it and the African traditional religion forbids it. It should not be allowed because it will lead to a breakdown of the society,” Mr Obende said.

The United States’ State Department and 16 international human rights groups had strongly condemned the bill, calling it a violation of the freedoms of expression, association and assembly guaranteed by international law as well as by the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and a barrier to the struggle against the spread of AIDS.