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Nigerian LGBT case brings total to 12 in prison or awaiting trial

Location of Jos in Nigeria. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)
Location of Jos in Nigeria. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)

Two more Nigerian men were hauled into court on homosexuality charges on Oct. 3, bringing to 12 the number of those in prison or awaiting trial under Nigeria’s laws against consensual sex between men.

Premium Times Nigeria reported that Emeka Eze, 35, and Jonathan Akatin, 22, were arraigned Oct. 3 in an Upper Area Court, Jos, and charged with homosexual behaviour.

The alleged offense, which occurred at 10 p.m. Sept. 7, was reported to police by their neighbors.

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.

They were changed under Section 284 of the Penal Code (Northern States) Federal Provisions Act, which provides for up to 14 years in prison for same-sex relations.

The two men pleaded guilty and asked for leniency, saying that they were unaware that homosexual relations were illegal.

Presiding Officer Mustapha Hassan ordered them back to prison and adjourned the case to Oct. 10 for a hearing.

For more information, read the full article in Premium Times Nigeria: “Two men charged with homosexuality in Jos.”

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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