The authorities of the Nigerian Police, Ehor Divisional Headquarters in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State, have declared one Ehigiator John Osas, wanted over his alleged involvement in homosexuality, which the Criminal Justice System in the country regarded as crime since the jail term is 14years without option of fine for anybody caught practicing it.
It would be recalled that Ehigiator John Osas was said to have escaped being arrested and prosecuted when he and his homosexual partner, Eghosa Erhunmwunse were caught in an uncompleted mud house at his Isi village in the locality by angry youths who almost lynched them after apprehending them but unfortunately for his partner Eghosa Erhunmwense, was beaten up to a coma due to aggravated anger of previously suspected them regarding homosexual practice.
Speaking to Journalist, the Officer In Charge of Anti crime of the Ehor Police Divisional Headquarter, ASP Joseph Okunwajie, said that the arrested homosexual, Eghosa Erhunmwunse was subsequently charged to court after thorough investigations were carried out and was subsequently sentenced to 14 years jail term and had given useful information as to how his partner Ehigiator John Osas could be arrested and charged to court.
He said that privileged information at his disposal revealed that since the practice of homosexual is forbidden in Benin kingdom, the mother of Ehigiator John Osas, who is diagnosed to be hypertensive, almost died when the news of her son’s involvement and his subsequent escaped was brokered to her, especially in view of its spiritual implications which usually result to untimely death in the village.
ASP Okunwajie said that the law criminalizing gay, homosexual and lesbianism practice was assented by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2014, a development both Christians and Muslims abhor as a morale way of discipline the citizens particularly when it becomes glaring that many of the people who indulged in these practices, suffered discriminations, violent attacks, harassments and humiliation and even they are at times disowned by their family members, who see the practice as disgraceful, stressing that the police had been enforcing the mandatory law as ordered by the president through the Inspector General of Police to continually swoop on the offenders.
The police have however appealed to the members of the public to trail and give useful information which will lead to the arrest of the escaped Ehigiator John Osas to enable him face prosecution.