“My son is innocent” – Father of 20-year-old man sentenced to death for homosexuality in Bauchi

The father of 20-year-old Kamilu Ya’u, who was given the death penalty in Bauchi State for homosexual behavior, has claimed that his son is innocent of the charge.

On June 29, 2022, a Sharia court in the state’s Ningi Local Government Area found Ya’u, Abdullahi Abubakar Beti (30), and Malam Haruna (70), guilty and condemned them to death by stoning.

According to the Hisbah Vanguard, they were detained for engaging in homosexual activity in Gwada village, Ningi LGA.

Mal. Ya’u Isubu Gwada claimed in a home interview with journalists that his son confessed to the crime while being beaten and under duress.

He lamented that his family did not engage the services of a legal practitioner because they do not have the means of doing so.

“My son was not among those who committed the offence of homosexuality. It was later that those arrested and implicated him to be among them. He was then arrested and charged with them,” he said. 

Malam Gwada also claimed that his son was implicated because he was among the people that arrested the other two convicts. 

“I am sure that it was because I participated in the arrest of the two people, they decided to implicate my son in order to get even with me.”

A visibly worried Yau Isubu said that the family is doing everything humanly possible to see to it that their son was freed before the expiration of the 30 days grace for appeal given by the court.

He, however, called on civil and human rights organisations in the country to come to the aid of his son who is innocent of the offence considering that they do not have the financial strength to pursue an appeal in a higher court.

"My son is innocent" - Father of 20-year-old man sentenced to death for homosexuality in Bauchi
"My son is innocent" - Father of 20-year-old man sentenced to death for homosexuality in Bauchi
"My son is innocent" - Father of 20-year-old man sentenced to death for homosexuality in Bauchi

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