Nigeria: Police arrest over 100 alleged gays and lesbians

Nigerian police have arrested more than 100 party-goers at a hotel in Asaba, Delta State, on charges that they are gays and lesbians.

The incident reportedly happened around 2 a.m. today at Delta Park Hotel in Asaba.

According to a witness who reported the incident to the NoStringsNG.com website, the police showed up at the hotel’s club, where about 100 men and women were having a party, and started beating and harassing everyone in attendance.

The witness said he was lucky to have escaped, but was able to see how the police were hitting the party-goers with their guns and hands.

After the police had finished beating them, they arrested everyone, including the staff and management of the hotel, and took them to police station in Asaba, the witness said.

According to human rights activists who are working on the case, some of the arrested persons have given statements, and the police have granted them bail.

Another witness claimed that the police shot a man at the party, and then carried him away in their vehicle to an unknown destination. That statement is yet to be verified by NoStringsNG. Further updates will be provided.

This article was revised June 11 to update the number of people arrested: More than 100 people were reportedly arrested, not 50.

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Written by Mike Daemon

Mike Daemon is the pseudonym of the founder and presenter of the No Strings podcasts, based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which provide a voice for the country’s LGBTIQ+ community. Through the No Strings website, he reports on issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ+ Nigerians. He launched and maintains the Qtalk app, which provides safe and private access to legal and psychosocial counseling for LGBTQ+ Nigerians. Contact him by email via info (at) nostringsng.com.

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  1. As a straight Christian who understands that LGBT people are born that way, I feel sad for the youths who were beaten and arrested. Officials need to read scientific research about sexual orientation. My husband and I respect and love our gay and lesbian friends and relatives. May God bless them and keep them from harm.–Linda Miles

  2. Sometimes I wish Nigeria would burn. Other times I wish the government was a liitle more understanding. They blame their lack of progress on homosexuals, when in reality their the cause of the country’s problems. The law is against human rights, each citizen should be able to choose who they want to be with and not be forced into a lonely life. The police in Nigeria is quite idiotic so I guess that’s how the country’s going to be until the old men in power die off…

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