Nigeria: Two men sentenced to two years for gay sex

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Nigeria

Two Nigerian men have each been sentenced to two years in prison for gay sex.

According to the Nigerian news website Leadership, the men were found guilty of “unnatural tendencies or having intercourse with each other.”

The court in Mararaba, a suburb of Abuja in central Nigeria, also imposed a fine of N5,000 (about $32) on each man.

Judge Mariga Abdullahi said the “sentence was passed in hope that it will serve as a deterrent to others involved in such unnatural acts,” Leadership said.

Ifeanyi Chukwu Agah, 17, and Rabiu Benedict Yusuf, 32, were arrested March 11.
Police intervened after Rabiu refused to pay N9,000 to Ifeanyi for his services as a prostitute, the website said.

The judge rejected Rabiu’s plea for leniency because he is married with six children.

Ifeanyi sought forgiveness, saying he had repented of his actions and promising to reform, the website said.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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