The Sokoto- North West zone of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has arrested Julius Olamide in Illela ,Illella local government area of Sokoto state, which is border with Republic of Niger.
On Monday, October 12th 2020, NIS arrested and intercepted one Julius Olamide, age 24years a native of Epe in Lagos state, Julius Olamide and Peace Imoisili.
They were on July 31st, 2016 declared wanted by police over gay activities in Benin City Edo state.
The NIS, spokesperson, Mr Sunday James who disclosed that Olamide who has been in a hideout in Yola, Adamawa state over possible arrest for gay activities.
He was arrested in Nigeria border with Republic of Niger in Illela local government area, Sokoto state.
Olamide, according to NIS was trying to cross Nigeria border to Niger with a help of Mr. Garuba Alli , a human trafficker in the area while others managed to escaped.
Olamide and Garuba Alli was handed over to the Sokoto state command of Nigeria police.
The police commissioner in charge of Sokoto state command, Mr. Kamaldeen Okunlola on 14th October 2020 at a press conference in disclosed on July 31st, 2016, that some men together with others now at large were engaged in group homosexuality in a location in Benin, Edo state.
According to him, the police received credible information that some men were engaged in an orgy of same sex activities.
Some policemen in Benin command, Edo state on July 31st, 2016 were immediately mobilised and getting to the scene ,they arrested 16 of them while Imoisili and Olamide managed to escaped from the scene.
Those earlier arrested on July 31st, 2016 are Paul Osaho n,Endurance Igbinovia,okoro Joseph, David Edobor, Haruna Abas,Iziegbe Joshua and Ibrahim idris .
Others were, Igbinadion Osaretin, Edosa Richard, Sadon Johnson, Musa Musa ,Abu Marcus, Festus Omokaro and Daniel Obi.
based on confession and cooperation of the suspects Imoisili and Olamide were declared wanted by the police.
The 16 suspects who were earlier arrested in Benin City Edo state were charged to federal High Court in Benin, and 10 of the suspects were sentenced to 14 years in prison, while 6 others were sentenced 10years sentenced in prison in September 2019.
Olamide and Imoisili have been on the run and the police after a long time chase declared them wanted.
In a statement by the police, Julius Olamide will be charged to federal High Court in Sokoto for homosexual offence, while the where about of Imoisili is still unknown.
The police commissioner said they are working with other sisters security agencies and different institutions in the country to track and bring Imoisili to book and face persecution.
The practice of gay or homosexuality or same sex marriage is a criminal offence which attracts 14 years in imprisonment on conviction.
In the 12 Northern state’s that has adopted Sharia law (Bauch,Borno,Gombe,kano, zamfara, katsina, kaduna, sokoto, Niger,kebbi Yobe,Jigawa)punishment for same sex activity include execution by stonning, as well as canning and imprisonment
The police, therefore, call on members of the public to reports all gay activities to the nearest police station wherever they are seen.
He added that gay in Nigeria usually face mob attack if suspected as both Christians and Muslims, in the country hate gays sex-same union.
The police said they have so far arrested 17 persons what 16 convicted in September 2019 before apprehending Olamide who has been on the run since August 2016.