Men Charged With Homosexual Conduct In Nigerian Hotel Raid

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 1, 2017

Police raided the Vincent Hotel in Weigh Bridge in Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, where the men were arrested for allegedly performing same-sex sexual acts.

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

A man pushes a cart in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.

A resident of the area, who gave his name only as Tunji, said policemen from the Owode Onirin Division swooped on the suspects around 3.30 pm.

"There have been reports that the hotel harbours homosexuals".

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According to a report in Nigerian newspaper Punch, no fewer than 42 men were rounded up by police in a hotel in Lagos State on Saturday on suspicion that they were involved in "homosexual acts". "They were there this afternoon when policemen struck".

He added that the suspects had been handed over to the state task force for prosecution.

UNAIDS statistics show Nigeria, with about 3.5 million people living with HIV, has the second largest HIV epidemic in the world. In Nigeria, homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in prison, with gay marriage and displays of same-sex attraction also banned.

Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian LGBT rights activist, told Reuters that the "act" was receiving HIV testing, counseling, and education.

In April 53 young men who celebrating a gay wedding in the west country's northern city of Zaria were arrested and charged with "belonging to a gang of unlawful society".

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