Ahamefule Chime, Onitsha
Two persons, Ebuka Anyasi 23, Michael Ikegbunam 19 and others now at large, were yesterday remanded at the Onitsha Federal Prisons, Anambra State over alleged homosexual activities.
They were arraigned before a Chief Magistrate, His Wor- ship, Nkemdilim Ike, on a three count charge of conspiracy, un- natural canal knowledge and Seven days conferment of the victims.
The two accused and others at large were alleged to have conspired among themselves to commit felony by having car- nal Knowledge of Ifechukwu Okafor (14) and Tagbo Chuk- wuma, as well as locking both victims in conferment while the unnatural act lasted for seven days.
The two and others at large were said to have been carry- ing out the unnatural act be- tween 2010 to June 6, 2015 at Okolonji Street, Odoakpu Onitsha.
The two accused however pleaded not guilty to the three count charge against them.
The lead Counsel to the accused, John Chukwuma, prayed the court to grant the two accused bail since the of- fence was bailable.
“There is no need to further detain my clients, since before the law, they are innocent and their accusers have no evidence to proof the case” said Chuk- wuma.
The Prosecutor, Clem Nwancho, an Assistant Super- intendent of Police, ASP, op- posed the plea for bail for the accused,
Nwancho said that some of the members in the cartel of homosexuality who were caught with the two accused and granted bail by the police were nowhere to be found even in their residence.
“Your Worship, it is clear that they would jump bail and abscond as others have done and they are at large now” said Nwancho.
The lead counsel to the plain- tiff, Godwin Mmadubuko, ob- jected to the bail application, insisting that they would not be faithful to appear before the court when necessary.
“Keeping them out of custo- dy, within the society would en- danger the lives of the victims, their families and the society at large since they would gang-up with their cartel to harm others” Mmadubuko said.
Another counsel to the plain- tiffs, Jude Umennajiego prayed the court to give a directive to the State Ministry of Health to conduct a medical test on the victims.