But for timely intervention by elders and sympathizers, a 61-year-old man suspected to be gay, identified simply as Salisu, could have been beaten to death by an angry mob in the Apapa area of Lagos State, after he was allegedly nabbed in the act of trying to lure a 13-year-old boy into his lair.

The man was said to have lured the biy with N500 near Anjorin market about 6pm on Sunday, 25 January, 2015. Not knowing that he was being watched, Saliu was said to have started rubbing the boy’s private part. Those who saw him in the act, burst into the scene and apprehended him.

An eye witness who gave his name as Olubode Durosimi, revealed that the man had wanted to lure the boy into the act of homosexuality when luck ran out on him.

"The gay was rubbing the boy’s private part beside Anjorin market when two men saw him and raised the alarm.

Other men around joined and gave the gay the beating of his life. The man said it was the devil that pushed him into such act.

He claimed that was the first time he would attempt such act. The boy said he offered him N500 and begged him not to talk because he would like it.

Some people came and pleaded on his behalf and he was allowed to go. People wanted to hand him over to the police but later withdrew because the man was injured and had lost a lot of blood."