Herbalist in prison for alleged homosexuality

prison bars: Image by Andrejs Zemdega/Getty Images

A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday remanded herbalist, Tarvhi Nyitse, in prison custody for alleged homosexuality.

Nyitse (30) resides in Naka in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue.

Prosecutor James Zungwe told the court that one Terzungwe Yev reported the matter at ‘D’ Division Police Station on 16 January.

Zungwe said that Yev told the police that his mother was sick and the accused who came to their neighbour’s house claimed he had the cure for the ailment.

Yev added that the herbalist then took him to the bush to get some herbs to treat his mother.

“He reported that he was surprised when the accused pounced on him there in the bush and forcefully had sexual intercourse with him through his anus.

“During police investigation, the accused was arrested and charged with unnatural offence punishable under Section 284 of the Penal Code,” he said.

However, the plea of the accused was not taken.

The prosecutor said that investigation into the matter was ongoing, and asked for an adjournment.

The Magistrate, Mrs Lillian Terseer-Tsumba, adjourned the case to 26 February, for further mention.

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