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The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed November 22 , 2019 for the arraignment of 46 persons charged with homosexuality by the police .
The defendants were said to have been arrested in August at a hotel in Egbeda .
The police brought them to court on Tuesday for arraignment .
But Justice Rilwan Aikawa said his courtroom was too small for the arraignment of the 46 defendants .
The judge said he would have to adjourn the arraignment while he looked for a bigger courtroom where the arraignment could take place .
“ We cannot have 57 persons in this court .
We have to look for a day we can use Court 2 , so it can be convenient for all, ” the judge said and adjourned till November 22.
The police said the 46 defendants were among the 57 persons arrested while making a “public show of a same sex amorous relationship with each other in hidden places within Kelly Hotel , Egbeda . ”
According to the charges , the defendants were picked up around 2 am while performing gay initiation rites for newly recruited members.
The police prosecutor , Joseph Eboseremen , said the defendants acted contrary to Section 5 (2 ) of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition ) Act , 2013 .
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