Here’s a quick guide to avoiding the blackmail, extortion and other violent crimes that so often target LGBT people in Nigeria.
These crimes are perpetrated almost every day by homophobic criminals who often go unpunished because there is no protection for homosexual persons in the country, coupled with the fact homosexuality is criminalized in Nigeria.
Here are 11 tips for defending yourself against these criminals, starting with limiting your exposure online.
In addition, here is a list of 65 places in Nigeria where violence and extortion have been reported multiple times against LGBT persons. The list was compiled with assistance from activists who have been combating against anti-LGBT blackmail in Nigeria. Gay persons are strongly advised to take caution when meeting people, especially strangers, in these areas:
Lagos: Igando, Mile 2, Trade fair, Okokomaiko, Ojo, Festac, Ikotun, Okota, Lekki (Second/Maruwa roundabout)
Abuja: Gishiri, Mpape, Maraba, Lugbe
Cross Rivers: Mbukpa Area, 8miles Area, Unical Male Hostel, Eastern Highway
Oyo: Oje, Beere, Oke-Itunu, Komu, Apete, Orita, Challenge, Molete, Ogbomosho, Alakia, Sango
Abia: Ngwa Road, PH Road, Ogborhill, Ariaria, Ukaegbu, MCC, Aba North, Aba South, Osisoma, Umuojima, Ukapkiri, Omuma, Osusu
Anambra: Awada, Woiliwo, Fegge, Okpoko, Nsugbe
Imo: IMSU Junction, Bishop Court, Cherubim Junction, Futo, Control
Enugu: Emene, Maryland, Garikki, Topland, Abakpa, Asata, Onuato, UNN (Nsukka), Agbani, Mkpokiti
Delta: Ibusa, koka Junction, Warri
Source: Rights Africa