Nigeria arrests gay ‘suspects’ under new law banning homosexuality

Source: CNN

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — Nigerian authorities arrested 10 people believed to be gay men under a bill signed this week that bans same-sex marriages, rights groups said.

Police detained men in various states and have dozens of pending arrests based on perceived sexual orientation, according to Amnesty International.

“Reports that the police in one state are apparently drawing up lists of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community to target are extremely worrying,” said Makmid Kamara, a researcher for the rights group.

In Bauchi state, the rights group said police placed “a list of suspected gay people” under surveillance. The group said police arrested the men in Anambra, Enugu, Imo and Oyo states.

CNN attempts to reach Nigerian police spokesman Frank Mba were unsuccessful.


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2 Comments on “Nigeria arrests gay ‘suspects’ under new law banning homosexuality”

  1. Zubair Khan
    January 16, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    A courageous move. Well done Nigeria.

  2. Qudsia
    January 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    I fully agree with laws against same-sex marriage and discouraging it in society in general, but how does one “suspect” people of being gay unless they are publicly engaged in display of intimacy, which shouldn’t be allowed for anyone anyway in countries that want to adhere to religious moral codes.

    This reminds me more of the Islamic teaching of not peeking into private lives of other people. That has many bad consequences including the spread of sins that were hidden away from public’s knowledge before the intrusive investigations.

    This also has the danger of turning into a witch-hunt where anyone sharing residence with person of the same gender or sharing a meal or traveling together can be labelled as gay.

    Also, according to Islam, I think the punishment is for actions, not beliefs or feelings. Someone saying they feel like hitting or stealing for example, would not be punished until they are actually seen hitting or stealing, or unless confess to it (without the threat of violence of course).

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