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Nigeria: 'Suspected homosexuals' charged, plead not guilty

Location of Osogbo in Nigeria. (Map courtesy of BBC)
Location of Osogbo in Nigeria. (Map courtesy of BBC)

Two young men were arraigned Oct. 1 in Osogbo, Nigeria, on charges of homosexual activity and released on bail pending trial.

The “suspected homosexuals,” as they were described in AllAfrica and Africa Spotlight, are the defendants Samuel Friday, 19, and Oni Oluwatobi, 18, who pleaded not guilty.

The charges against them were described as “a two-count charge of indecent sexual practice and seducing another into homosexuality.” The news report stated:

The prosecutor, Inspector Solomon Oladele told the court that the accused committed the offence sometime in May 2012 at about 2 a.m. at Peace of Jesus Apostolic Church, Asubiaro, Osogbo.

Click on the image for the blog's list of people in prison or awaiting trial for homosexuality.
Click on the image for the blog’s list of people in prison or awaiting trial for homosexuality.

Mr. Oladele said the accused conspired and unlawfully committed indecent sexual practice and had homosexual sex between themselves, adding that this could have caused breach of peace. …

Mr. Friday was also arraigned for allegedly seducing one Oladipupo Moruf [with indecent touches and sucking].

The prosecutor said that the offence was also committed in May 2012 at about 4 p.m. at Sadiat area of Osogbo.

Mr. Oladele said Moruf’s complaints led to the arrest of the accused.

Bail was set at N100,000 each (US $620) plus two sureties of the same amount.

The men’s potential punishments, if convicted, were not immediately available. They were charged under the laws of Osun State. The federal law in that section of Nigeria provides for 14-year prison sentences for homosexual activity.

The case was adjourned to Nov. 14 for further action.

For a little more information, see the AllAfrica.com article  “Nigeria: Police Prosecutes Two Homosexual Suspects in Osogbo.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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