Fifty three people mostly students were arrested in Zaria in Kaduna during a gay wedding.
The suspects, who were arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court at Chediya-Zaria, on Wednesday, were arrested on April 15 at Zaria Motel.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Mannir Nasir told the court that they are charged with conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to a gang of unlawful society.
Nasir said the offences contravened sections 97, 100 and 197(a) of Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).
“The arrested persons included Jibril Abdullahi, Sagir Abubakar, Anas Mohammed, Mustapha Ababukar, Musa Ibrahim and Suleiman Usman, among others, all of various addresses. “Information reached the police that these persons conspired to celebrate a gay marriage at Zaria Motel between Faruk and Sanusi both at large,” the prosecutor was quoted as saying by NAN.
NAN reports that the accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
It said the Chief Magistrate, Auwal Musa-Aliyu, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 each, with one surety each in the like sum, who must be a blood relation to the accused.