The Kano State Hisbah Board has arrested five men suspected of engaging in homosexuality.
The men were arrested at Sheka Barde in Kumbotso Local Government area of Kano.
The Commander General of the Board, Dr Harun Ibn-Sina confirmed the arrest in a statement issued in Kano on Monday. Equally important, the statement was signed by Malam Lawal Ibrahim, Public Relations Officer of the Board.
According to him, the arrests were made following reports from residents of the area.
“All the suspects confirmed to be above 20 years of age, were apprehended on July 11 during a special raid,” he said.
The commander-general expressed outrage over the alleged actions of the youths. Further, Ibn-Sina thanked members of the community and security stakeholders for their cooperation and support; especially in cracking down on corruption in the state.
He said the suspects would be charged to court.
The commander-general urged youths to shun unwholesome practices as they were leaders of tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted an unacceptably high global prevalence of syphilis among men who have sex with men.
The world body also emphasised ways to eliminate the infection.
The information, which is on its website, underscored the need to advance stalled progress toward eliminating it as a public health threat by 2030.
Syphilis, a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), is caused by the bacteria call Treponema Pallidum.
The study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK and published in the Lancet Global Health on Friday presents the first global prevalence estimate among men who have sex with men. The statement quoted Dr Meg Doherty, the Director of WHO’s Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes; as saying “structural barrier in treating syphilis must be addressed.