The accused were arrested by the police in Kaduna State while reportedly attending a same-sex marriage.
They are now facing charges of conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to a gang of unlawful society according to Sergeant Mannir Nasir, a police prosecutor.
The accused were apprehended on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Zaria Motel located in the northern state, the Daily Post News reports.
Giving a statement on the matter, Nasir said:
“On April 15, 2017 at about 2100 hours a team of policemen led by DSP Muhammad Lawal-Mashi arrested and brought to police station 53 persons.
“The arrested persons included; Jibril Abdullahi, Sagir Abubakar, Anas Mohammed, Mustapha Ababukar, Musa Ibrahim and Suleiman Usman among others, all of various addresses.
“Information reached the police that these group of persons conspired to celebrate a gay marriage at Zaria Motel between one Faruk and Sanusi both at large."
Auwal Musa-Aliyu, the Chief Magistrate who presided over the case ruled that the accused be granted bail following their not-guilty plea.
This was after their counsel, Yunusa Umar had submitted that his clients were unlawfully detained after being held in police custody for more than 24 hours.
Following this, Musa-Aliyu adjourned the case till Monday, May 8, 2017.