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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.”

3 thoughts on “Nigerian LGBT case brings total to 12 in prison or awaiting trial

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  3. I tink its wrong , for any government to b concern with what sexuality, her ppl holds….
    Sexuality should b personal,
    the government should b concerned in growin her economy, abolishin any form of inequality, creating jobs, safety of her citizens etc.

    Duh!

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