28-year-old man arraigned for sodomy ...claims to have had sex with fellow man by mistake!

Bestwood Chukwuemeka, 28, was arraigned on Monday at a Karu Magistrates’ Court for sodomy.

The police prosecutor, Umar Mohammed, told the court that on August 8, a man from Gidan Mangoro, Abuja, reported to the divisional headquarters of the action of the accused person.

Mohammed said that the accused had sexual intercourse with the complainant on his bed when the complainant was fast asleep; adding that the offence was contrary to section 284 of the Penal Code.

When the charge sheet was read out, the accused pleaded not guilty.

"I came back drunk from the night club and thought I was sleeping on the same bed with my girl-friend and I started romancing her," he said.

The Magistrate, Nafisat Buba, said that alcohol should not be seen as an excuse for committing the offence. "Despite being under the influence of alcohol, the accused should not use that as an excuse to commit the crime,” she said.

The magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said that one of the sureties must be a civil servant on GL 09 and adjourned the case to September 17 for further hearing.