by Achafu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna’s (much orchestrated) “sex party” saga has taken another twist on Monday at the resumed hearing, as Police witnesses, who conducted prompt search operation, told the court during cross-examination that there was no sex party on the 27th December, 2020, at Asher Kings and Queen Restaurant & Lounge, as claimed.
Even though, the two witnesses presented by the prosecutor, ASP Shola Olodowa, gave contradicting evidences of what transpired on the said date but both agreed that there was no sex party.
ASP Alfa Yahaya, who led the operation to the arrest of 5 suspects, told the court that they visited the purported sex party location with two Hilux vehicles with 8 personnel of Operation Yaki that were fully armed.
He stressed that the second witness, Corporal Ibrahim Adamu, who was part of the operation, confessed that they visited the restaurant with three Hilux vehicles armed with 15 personnel, but could not witness anything of such.
According to ASP Yahaya, “When we got there, we saw a crowd of people more than 50, not observing social distancing, not wearing face-masks, no provision of hand sanitizers with many of them half naked, drinking and playing loud music, who jumped the fence when the sighted the presence of police. We arrested the organizer and the two DJs and took them to our station.
“I can identify three of the defendants but were not half naked, and I cannot see those half naked because they jumped through the fence. We did not see any sex party on that day (27th December, 2020) and those, who jumped through the fence, were those not observing social distancing,” he said.
On his part, detective Adamu said he was called that there was going to be a “special operation” by the officer in-charge, who chatted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), who sent him a flyer of the said sex party on whatsapp.
“The flyer did not carry any venue; then, another chat indicated that it was going to be at Asher Restaurant & Lounge. When we arrested three of the respondents to write his statement, which I read to him and we both signed.
“We went there with 3 Hilux vehicles with 5 personnel in each of the Hilux, and when we got there, there was no sex party taking place there. The phone number on the flyer, when tracked, belonged to one Marvellous Akpan, who accepted designing the flyer along with his friends.
“He confessed that Asher Restaurant has nothing to do with the flyer. I saw the 2nd respondent, Abraham Alberah, there, but properly dressed in caftan.
“The suspects arraigned in court were Mr. Abraham Alberah, Umar Rufai and Suleiman Lemona, while two others were: Chimezie Kenneth (who organised the party) and Marvellous Akpan, who disseminated the information (sic).”
Mr. Sam Stung, Esq., represented the 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents, while Segun Jimoh represented the 5th respondent.
The presiding Judge, Chief Magistrate Benjamin Hassan, adjourned the case to the 22nd February, 2021, for continuation of hearing, while the bail granted the suspects continues.
Recalled that a storey building restaurant and lounge allegedly used for the controversial ‘sex party’ was demolished by the State Government.