Further details have emerged about how police officers from Ekpan Division in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State arrested 67 suspects for allegedly conducting a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The suspects were arrested at Teebolus Hotel, Refinery Road, Ekpan, on August 27, 2023, at 9 pm.
Delta State Police Command’s spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe, said in a statement that the incident started to unravel when policemen intercepted a male cross-dresser who claimed to be an actor.
“Upon interrogation, he confessed that he was a member of a certain gay club and that he was on his way to join his fellow members for a gay marriage ceremony.
According to him: “Acting on intelligence gathered, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Aliyu Shaba, raided Teebolus Hotel off Refinery Road, Ekpan, Warri, where some suspected gay members were reportedly holding a gay marriage ceremony.
“As the operatives arrived at the said hotel, the gay members immediately took flight, scampering in different directions.
“The police officers chased and arrested a total of 67 suspects for allegedly conducting and attending a same-sex wedding ceremony between Daniel Pius (the groom), 22, and Maxwel Ohwonohwo (the bride), 20.
“The venue of the illicit event was searched, and the following items were recovered at the scene: one codeine bottle, three cups of refined Canadian Loud, five sachets of SK, one sachet of tramadol, four tablets of Molly drug, one crusher, and gay marriage ceremonial dresses.”
Edafe said further: “During the investigation, one of the suspects, Abel Daniel, 23, stated that while he was under the influence of alcohol, one male suspect who is at large had sex with him through his anus at the hotel.
“The suspects and exhibits are in custody, and efforts are intensifying to ensure the arrest of the fleeing members for possible prosecution.”