Nigerian Police Arrest 42 Gay Men for Seeking HIV Testing and Counseling

July 31, 2017 15:24 EDT

Dozens of gay and bisexual men have been arrested in Nigeria for attending an HIV awareness event.

Police in Lagos State raided the Vincent Hotel Saturday around 3:30 p.m., reports Punch magazine, detaining at least 42 people.

A local who identified as Tunji told Punch there had been rumors “that the hotel harbors homosexuals” and “about 40 of them were caught in the act” in this mass arrest.