30 Nigerians remain in custody on homosexuality charges

By Mike Daemon and Colin Stewart

Thirty Nigerian men remain behind bars awaiting a court hearing Aug. 8 on homosexuality charges.

Nigeria map shows coastal locations of Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Nigeria map shows coastal location of Lagos.

The 12 minors who were arrested with them last weekend were released, according to a human rights activist working on the case.

Bail of 500,000 naira (about US $1,375) was set for the adults in the group of 42 arrestees, but none of them was able to pay that much money, the activist said.

The group was arrested on July 29 during an HIV awareness event  at the  Vincent Hotel in Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, near Lagos.

Under Nigeria’s “Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill,” enacted in 2014, prison sentences of up to 14 years are provided for people in same-sex marriages; people who witness or assist LGBT-related activities; members of homosexual groups; and public display of same-sex affection.

Mike Daemon is the pseudonym of the founder and presenter of the No Strings podcasts, based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Erasing 76 Crimes blog helps to support the podcasts’ online distribution. To listen to past podcasts or to look for future ones, visit the No Strings website.

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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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