53 people face criminal charges for attending a gay wedding
April 20, 2017 20:14
53 people are facing criminal charges in Nigeria after police claimed they attended a same-sex wedding.
Homosexuality has long been illegal in Nigeria, but a draconian 2013 law moved beyond simply targeting gay sex – extending the provisions to criminalise all forms of same-sex unions and clamp down on the LGBT community.
Under the law, people who enter any form of same-sex union are liable for 14 years’ imprisonment, while people who “witness, abet and aids the solemnization of a same sex marriage or civil union” can face up to 10 years in jail.
The BBC reports that police in the country this month carried out a raid on an alleged ceremonial same-sex wedding in the city of Zaria.
According to the broadcaster, 53 people were arrested and have been charged with conspiring to celebrate a same-sex wedding.