IN SUMMARY

  • Amnesty International Nigeria condemns the arrests
  • Police got intel of an ongoing gay marriage ceremony

Some 200 men are in custody after their arrest at an alleged gay wedding in Nigeria’s southern Delta state.

Operatives from the divisional patrol team attached to Ekpan Division say they intercepted a male cross-dresser who claimed to be an actor, upon interrogation, he confessed that he is a member of a certain gay club and that he was on his way to join his fellow members for a gay marriage ceremony.

Police arrested a total number of sixty-seven suspects both male and female for allegedly conducting and attending same sex marriage ceremony.

Amnesty International Nigeria has condemned the situation describing it as “a witch-hunt.”

In addition Amnesty International Nigeria claims the law banning same sex marriage is being used for harassment

‘’In a society where corruption is rampant, the law banning same sex relationships is increasingly being used for harassment, extortion and blackmail of people by law enforcement officers and other members of the public. This is unacceptable.’’

Delta state police command claimed, the men were arrested for allegedly planning same-sex marriage. It is mind-boggling that the mere act of dressing style, hair or sitting in a pair can assume criminal proportions.

The Nigerian law banning gay marriage, punishable by up to 14 years in prison, and same-sex “amorous relationships”, prompted an international outcry when it came into force under former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.

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