Nigeria: Six suspects in court on homosexuality charges

Six men who were arrested by police on May 9 in Benin City, Nigeria, have been taken before a magistrate’s court in Edo State to face charges of engaging in homosexual activities.

The court action was promised soon after the arrests by Musa Daura,  assistant inspector general of police at Zone 5 Police Headquarters in Benin.

Map of Nigeria shows the location of Benin City.

According to reports gathered by NoStrings, the suspects have been granted bail by the magistrate.

A defense lawyer for the victims told NoStrings that police have a video implicating the young men, though details of this video have not yet been revealed to the public.

Nigerian law prohibits all forms of same-sex activities.  If found guilty, the men could face up to 14 years’ imprisonment.

We at NoStrings are deeply worried and concerned why there is even a law against love and why there should even be a law dictating how consenting adults should lovingly express how they feel about each other  in private.

It is clear that action is needed on the so-called “Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act,” which has negative consequences that extend far beyond its title.

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 Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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