Nigeria: Court Charges People With Attendance At Gay Wedding

Yesterday, Monday 8 May, a Nigerian court charged fifty- four people with criminal conspiracy and illegal gathering, for attending an alleged gay wedding.

Most of those being charged were not present in court, and the lawyer for the defence, Kimi Appah, said that the group had been celebrating a birthday in April, for one of the men charged.

Appah told the court in Zaria, in the northern state of Kaduna, that the police had “got wind of it, arrested them, and made trumped up charges” that they were trying to celebrate a gay marriage. Four people of the fifty four people charged appeared in court, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In 2014, Nigeria brought in a bill outlawing same-sex relationships, signed by then President Goodluck Jonathan, which bans gay marriage, and carries sentences of up to 14 years in prison for those found guilty of same-sex “amourous relationships” or membership of gay rights groups.

-MKB

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