A police constable, Chibuike Ukazu, and his alleged gay partner were beaten to stupor and stripped naked by youths of Umueze community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state.
It was gathered that the policeman and his partner were caught indulging in homosexual acts on Tuesday evening.
They were beaten and stripped naked before being taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community where they were jeered for practising sodomy.
A source said: “They were caught red-handed having sex. One of them is a policeman and he is married. The other one is the son of a photographer named Emesco.
“This particular policeman and his colleagues chased a man driving his car and threatened to shoot him if he moved any further. After discussions, they took a bribe of N5,000 from him and left. But this evening (Tuesday), the policeman was caught having sex with a fellow man.
“They were caught red-handed by security men in the Umueze Autonomous Community, Orlu, after tracing them to where they were having anal sex.”
Another source, who is a member of the village vigilante, said: “Immediately we entered the house, the police officer took down his trouser and pulled off his shirts, bend over and the yellow guy, started having annal sex with him. Immediately our men broke in and arrested them and took them down to the community hall.
“Items recovered from them are three sachets of condoms of different brands and the police officer’s identity card.”
Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu said: ”On April 21, upon information received through a phone call, the Divisional Police officer in charge of Nkwere Division promptly moved into Umueze autonomous community in Orlu LGA, and rescued one F/NO.512351 Chibuike Ukazu.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the youths of the community claimed to have caught the constable with one of his friends, name yet unknown but nicknamed ‘YELLOW’, in acts of homosexuality. As a result, the youths pounced on them and beat them to stupor, then took them to the palace of the traditional ruler before their rescue by the DPO and his team.
“The command, therefore, wishes to warn members of the public to desist from taking laws into their hand by resorting to self-help especially on infractions by the members of the Police or other security agencies, all are advised to report all grievances to the nearest Police station for prompt and decisive action.
“However, investigation into the matter has commenced with a view to unravel what actually transpired and if found culpable will face the wrath of the law.”