A federal high court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking to register a lesbian advocacy organization in Nigeria.
Lesbian activist Pamela Adie sued the Corporate Affairs Commission after her application to register her organization, Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiatives, was rejected on the grounds that the name was misleading, offensive, contrary to public policy and in violation of the Nigerian law prohibiting same-sex marriage.
The organization’s primary objective is to advocate for the rights of sexual minority women in Nigeria.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba dismissed the suit on Friday, Sept. 16, stating that as the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act is still in effect in Nigeria. That law prohibits same-sex and gay unions and associations. Dimgba ruled that the commission was right to have rejected the application as contrary to public policy and morality.