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Nigeria charges 53 over gay wedding

20 April 2017, 05:34 | Myron Mathis

Nigerians charged over 'gay wedding'

More Than 50 People Arrested For Attending

The arrests took place at the Zaria Motel.

"Information reached the police that these group of persons conspired to celebrate a gay marriage at Zaria Motel between one Faruk and Sanusi both at large", the prosecutor said.

"The arrested persons included; Jibril Abdullahi, Sagir Abubakar, Anas Mohammed, Mustapha Ababukar, Musa Ibrahim and Suleiman Usman among others, all of various addresses".

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and their counsel, Yunusa Umar, asked the court to release them on bail in line with sections 35 (4) and 36 (5) of the Constitution.


Homosexual acts are illegal in the country and can attract a sentence of up to 14 years in jail.

The Police in Zaria yesterday arraigned 53 persons before a Magistrate Court sitting at Chediya Road for organising a same-sex marriage in a hotel in the ancient city. According to their defense lawyer, the suspects were detained for more than 24 hours, in violation of Nigerian law.

The rainbow flag, a symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

In 2014, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan introduced the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which outlawed LGBT+ organisations, gay clubs, and public displays of affection between same-sex couples.



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