Nigeria Arrests 53 Gays.

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    Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

    The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained.

    The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May.

    Homosexual acts are banned in socially conservative Nigeria and are punishable by up to 14 years in jail.
    During a court appearance in Chediya-Zaria, the group pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to an unlawful society.

    Defence lawyer Yunusa Umar said most of the accused were students and had been illegally detained for more than 24 hours, the local Premium Times newspaper reported.

    Gay rights campaigners who have been in touch with people involved in the case told the BBC's Stephanie Hegarty in Lagos the accused were arrested at a birthday party, not a wedding.

    Nigeria has an influential Christian evangelical movement in the south and strong support for Islamic law in the north, both of which oppose homosexuality.

    In January 2014, the Hisbah, or Islamic police, in Bauchi state raided several locations and arrested about a dozen men accused of sodomy acts.

    Some of the men later appeared before a Sharia court for a bail hearing and an angry crowd gathered outside, demanding swift and severe punishment.

    Stones were thrown at the court and the hearing was halted.

    Police had to shoot in the air to disperse the mob and get the suspects back to prison safely, though there they are also vulnerable.

    The ban on homosexuality, brought into effect in 2014, is used by some police officers and members of the public to legitimise abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

    "Extortion, mob violence, arbitrary arrest, torture in detention, and physical and sexual violence" are common against people suspected of homosexual activities...

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    It can always be worse someplace else smh.
     
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    So sad. Yeah back home things are rough but it really depends on what part of the country things like this go down. It is hard in the north and the south BUT there are openly gay men in Lagos, Nigeria that carry on and do their thing.
     
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    ^^ Xian conservatives in the South, Muslims wanting Sharia law in the North...damn. Good to know that there are places like Lagos where gays can go. Do many gays move to Lagos for those reasons? Are the economic problems from low oil prices making things worse?-it seems bigotry is often inversely proportional to economic wellbeing.
     
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    This is sad. I think this comes up as warning for most African gays. As much as a lot of people are becoming more accepting, caution shouldn't be thrown to the wind especially when having parties or huge gatherings. I have been to parties where people got drunk and starting making out in the open (backyard where neighbors might see). As much as we can be ourselves as Africans gays its important to remember what is the law of the country.
     
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