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Nollywood Actor Sentenced 3-Months Imprisonment For Homo Things

Bestwood Chukwuemeka

28-year old Nollywood actor has been sentenced 3-months imprisonment by a Karu Senior Magistrate Court in Abuja for homosexuality.

The convict, who resides at Gidan Mangoro, however, pleaded guilty to having engaged in homosexual acts.
 “I am guilty of the charge against me. I  was under the influence of alcohol and I want the court to temper justice with mercy’’, he said. The police prosecutor, Mohammed Umar, had told the court that the convict committed the offence in August when the complainant was sleeping in his bed.

Homosexual acts, the prosecutor said, was contrary to Section 284 of the Penal Code. The prosecutor said since Mr. Chukwuemeka had pleaded guilty to the crime he initially denied, the court should try him summarily. The Senior Magistrate, Nafisatu Buba, sentenced him to three-month imprisonment without an option of fine.

“This would serve as warning to other youths who hide under the influence of alcohol to commit crimes,’’ she said.

Mr. Chukwuemeka pleaded not guilty when he was first charged in early September this year, saying, “I came back drunk from the night club and thought I was sleeping on the same bed with my girl-friend and I started romancing her.”

He was initially granted bail in the sum of N200,000 with sureties of grade level 09 in the civil service in like sum as well but the presiding judge, Mrs Buba, was quick to rule out the fact that he used alcohol influence as an excuse.

In November, the Nigerian Senate passed a strict law banning same-sex marriage and public display of affection by gays in Nigeria. The bill – Same Sex Marriage (prohibition) bill 2011 – prescribes 14-year jail terms for convicted gays in Nigeria.

“Persons who entered into a same sex marriage contract or civil union commits an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 14 years imprisonment,” the new law said.

It added, “Any person, who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organization, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationships in Nigeria commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a term of 10-year imprisonment.”

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